Crimson Press - Compact Environment
June 28, 2003

Crimson Software is excited to announce a new addition to the suite of applications.  It started with the Desktop Environment, providing the power and richness of a Windows application to local users, and then the Web Environment, providing a zero-client portal to include the rest of the world.  Now we are going wireless with the Compact Environment.

Those who are currently enrolled in the Software Maintenance Program will receive this new software at no extra charge.


- Runs on Pocket PC Devices (PDAs, Smart Phones, etc.) with a real-time wireless network connection.  Take a look at the Hitachi G1000, a PDA with cell phone capabilities, a built-in keyboard, and a digital camera

- The main menu screen provides statistics for the day's activity, such as Pending Arrivals, Shipments, and Tasks.  (See the screen shot.)

- Provides visibility to information such as inventory levels, system messages, process documentation, and help topics.  The user can also access detailed information about ItemCodes, Locations, Contacts, and etc.

- Allows the user to accept tasks for system directed putaways, crossdocks, replenishments, stages, shipments, and cycle counts.

- Allows the user to manually perform Receipts, Putaways, Stock Transfers, Replenishments, Stages, Shipments, Cycle Counts, and SubLocation Transfers (e.g. moving trailers in a trailer yard).  More features are planned for future versions.

- Most data fields accommodate manual entry or barcode scanning.  If the user needs more information, 'build' buttons take them to a screen where they can sort and filter a list of acceptable entries, choose the information they are looking for, and copy it back to the form they were working with.

- Data entry forms automatically adjust themselves to use the full screen, or to save room for the on-screen keyboard, accommodating devices with or without a built-in keyboard.

- Like the other environments, the user can access multiple domains (databases) from the same device and the same application.  For instance, personnel in one operation could check on available inventory levels at other operations, aiding them in decisions to purchase or transfer stock to fill orders.

Plans are also underway for disconnected processing, which will allow users to process transactions on their device and then synchronize with the database when they are able to connect.  This would be targeted for those who are not always local to the operation, such as salespeople or drivers.  For instance, a driver will be able to capture proof of delivery information at the point of delivery, improving accuracy of information and accelerating accounting processes.