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NextWine Raises a Glass to a Cutting-edge Inventory Application from WebSphere

NextWine Raises a Glass to a Cutting-edge Inventory Application from WebSphere

(Napa Valley, CA) – What a fine combination it would be if your favorite e-commerce suite and your favorite wines all came from one and the same source…

Alas, IBM doesn’t (yet) sell vineyards; but it does sell the WebSphere Commerce Suite, and also WebSphere Application Server. And if your interest in wine extends to needing to manage a huge stock of rare vintages from around the world, then IBM’s DB2 Universal Database and IBM’s Net.Data might be handy to purchase, too.

Certainly that’s an opinion shared by NextWine.com’s President and Founding Partner, Dain Dunston. His wine brokerage business, located in the heart of the Napa Valley yet focused on the world's great producers on a global scale, requires meticulous management in real time of a stock of “ultra premium” wines – it’s simply no good accepting an order for a wine that’s already been sold, since once a particularly rare vintage case is sold it is often by definition irreplaceable. (Another way of defining “ultra premium” is…”$4500 a bottle”!!)

WebSphere is a massively robust engine, according to Dunston’s partner Dennis Prueher, and can handle all of NextWine’s inventory needs, including speed. (In a statement from Ed Harbour, director of WebSphere Foundations Extensions for IBM, his explanation was that WebSphere does this through "some pretty interesting mathematics.")

Aside from its interesting algorithms, Dunston and Prueher also like the fact that in WebSphere they have an application server that will grow as their company – founded in 1999 – grows. NextWine will never have to re-invent the wheel and re-build its site, no matter how big it gets or what new functionality it might want to offer its customers.

Because the whole inventory system was designed to work live, in real time, a customer searching for a rare burgundy will know at once if NextWine has it in stock – because the DB2 Universal Database serves as both the product and inventory database. Any changes are entered by NextWine staff as they occur, so no one risks having their hopes dashed after excitedly ordering a case of 1986 Chateau Margaux for their favorite uncle. If it’s just been sold, the order simply won’t be accepted in the first place.

One risk Dunston and Prueher run is that its customers might hold back the $4500 they were about to spend on vintage wine…and put it instead toward their own investment in the WebSphere Commerce Suite and WebSphere Application Server. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all! (www.nextwine.com)

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