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MANAGEMENT + SYSTEMS Access launches web services API


Access, the mid-market consulting, software and solutions provider, has launched its new web services Application Programming Interface (API). This offering enables the business and accounting solution, Access Dimensions, to be tightly integrated with popular cloud computing applications.


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tuart Allsopp, development director for Access, commented: “Access’ web services extends our current Dimensions API set, which allows our flagship solution to be easily integrated with other on-premise third-


party applications. This is something that we’ve been doing successfully for a number of years so web services is the logical next step – particularly as we recently announced that we would be launching a number of cloud offerings this year.” In the first quarter of 2011, Access will release a cloud-based


document management solution. This will be closely followed by an HR system which also operates in the cloud. “By enabling Access Dimensions to be easily integrated into


cloud-based applications, we can offer customers more choice and flexibility in how their solutions are delivered,” Stuart continued. “At the same time it also allows them to capitalise on the software investments they’ve already made and introduce cloud applications into the organisation where it makes commercial and operational sense to do so.” Stuart concluded: “Access’ web services API will help


encourage business growth and development by integrating disparate systems. By enabling greater visibility of information and access to data in real time, we can help our customers to remain agile and competitive in the years ahead.”


Fasten.it - the fastener business network


www.fasten.it is an interactive platform promoting contact among fastener professionals through innovative and helpful tools.


earching for a supplier using fasten.it involves navigation among categories, subcategories and products that represent the whole industry of fasteners and fixing elements. Once the user has chosen a category and


product, a list of companies is displayed. Results can be further filtered by selecting just the manufacturers or by selecting a particular country. An important section of the website is ‘e-Procurement’,


which Fasten.it describes as a professional tool where requests meet offers. This service allows users to publish enquiries for screws, bolts and fixing systems free of charge. The users can publish the enquiry in three simple steps - entering the inquiry, entering contact details and adding possible attachments (pictures, spreadsheet, pdf.). An easy-to-use tool for buyers, e-Procurement provides suppliers the opportunity to expand their market and find new customers. ‘Surplus Stock’ allows users to find buyers for unsold goods


they have on stock. Thanks to the visibility of Fasten.it among fastener professionals, says Fasten.it, overstocks are available to thousands of potential buyers and the supplier’s business is also indirectly promoted. Anyone interested in these offers can contact advertisers directly and at no cost. ‘Technical data’ is a quick and useful system to check


technical data of the products. Suppliers can advertise on Fasten.it using a multilingual


professional page, with images, accurate descriptions of the product range and other useful information for potential customers. The page is linked to the product categories that the company offers. When a user searches for a particular product, he will find the suppliers’ contact details. Companies advertising on the site can also send a personalised newsletter through which they can inform all contacts of Fasten.it about news and updates. Through this personalised message industry professionals from all over the world can be reached.


Books we’ve read recently


International Trade An essential guide to the principles and practice of export Jonathon Reuvid & Jim Sherlock Kogan Page ISBN: 978-0-7494-6237-6


As the sub title implies this is no casual read but a thorough and comprehensive reference for any business involved in exporting. Although primarily written with the UK business market in mind, it is endorsed by the International Chamber of Commerce and effectively covers universal principles of exporting.


informative and, perhaps most important in a business area fraught with pitfalls and complexity, succinct and clear. Jonathon Reuvid is an economist and was formerly engaged in investment banking, general management and business development


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in China. Jim Sherlock, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Export, is now a full time writer, trainer and consultant in international trade following extensive experience in the UK manufacturing export sector and 20 years as a senior lecturer in Manchester.


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nternational Trade explores the principles and practice of international trade, opening with a description of the structure of the global economy and the dynamics governing world trade before considering the legal environment, including contract and EU competition laws. It explains how to conduct effective market research and develop an export marketing plan. It looks in detail at the export order process, moving onto international transport and customs control. Throughout, International Trade is pragmatic,


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