Andrew Johnston: Architecture and Consultancy Services

Case Study - Data Integration for Faith Footwear Ltd. (2000 – 2001)


Development of a proprietary EAI platform

Key Outcomes

Consolidated management information and various remote management capabilities across Faith’s ~300 stores

Key Challenges

No scope for use of commercial EAI products. ISDN-based network with very limited bandwidth and strict constraints on call durations.

Key Technologies

Microsoft Visual Basic, SQL/Server, FTP, Afaria Excelanet


Initially I undertook a short fixed-price study to assess Faith’s existing IT provision, and possible ways in which it might evolve to support new business models such as collaborative working with suppliers using eCommerce technology.

This led to my involvement in a project to establish a Management Information database, and support for new business models. I developed a proprietary transport-independent EAI messaging system running between the stores and head office supporting data warehousing, software distribution, application integration and distributed near-real-time processing.

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