Computer reseller Harris Technology has stolen a march over not only its competitors, but over much of the IT user community. When Harris' web site goes live on 25 September, it will boast a site which includes many leading-edge web technologies, running on the yet-to-be-released Windows NT 4.0 server platform.
Managing director Ron Harris said the company is taking a "boots and all" approach to its website, and has set up its own 512K link to Telstra to take Harris' NT 4.0-based database of around 16,000 items to the outside world.
Web technologies to be used include the ability to generate web pages on-the-fly from the Harris sales and inventory database, with shoppers able to see real-time figures on stock. They will also have access to a live camera within the store, and be able to contact sales staff via the Internet in real time. Harris Technology will also be able to take credit card orders, with automatic call back verification of credit card numbers and automatic fax back of invoices when required.
Harris has opted for an all-Microsoft environment for the web site, using NT 4.0 servers running Internet Server 2.0 and Visual Fox Pro, with FrontPage used for web page design on Windows 95 clients.