This PowerUp blog post was written by Laura Ubelhor, who owns and operates Consultech Services, Inc., a Rochester, Mich.-based consulting company established in 1992. Laura has extensive hands-on experience specializing in IBM i application technologies and working with a long list of clients in a variety of businesses.
We have had great success using PHP for Web application solutions. Some of the applications we have implemented include vendor portals, inventory inquires (with product images), inquiry applications with options to create HTML, Excel and PDF format output, Web-based event registration, project/task and time tracking and one of my favorites--an AP Inquiry.
The AP solution is a great fit for the need. Because vendors receiving electronic payment no longer receive a check with a remittance advice, there was a need for providing payment details. A separate remittance advice could be printed and mailed but we decided to automate the process and make the option available to all vendors. The solution included using PHP to send e-mail notifications using the mail function. The e-mail lets vendors know a payment has been made and also directs them to a Web inquiry for payment details. The application provides payment details, payment history and open AP inquiry with payment due date. Implementing the solution has significantly reduced phone calls. Vendors are pleased because they can easily and quickly find payment information. Our customers are pleased because the application has freed up internal resources by reducing time spent on phone calls and follow up.
Using PHP allowed for providing a low cost, user friendly, robust solution. We are enthused about PHP development and look forward to many more PHP projects.
What application solutions have you completed or are considering using PHP on IBM i? Share your experience in the Comments section.