Our Technology

Technology details

The wine management platform (WMP) is a cloud-based solution that uses the following technologies:

  • Microsoft asp.net framework with SQL server database;
  • Fully normalised database model;
  • Responsive website design supporting PC, laptops, tablets and mobile devices (not to forget trading screens!);
  • Multi-lingual and multi-currency frameworks;
  • White labelling built-in through all functions and dimensions (style, content and behaviour);
  • Modularised approach for all the major application components. Fully configurable back office: user administration, account/trading functions, access control functions, audit trail of website activity.

Multi currency & language framework

Fully normalised database model

Own branding integrates in-house style

asp.net with SQL Server
Responsive website
Modalised approach for application components
Full user administration
Granular access controls
Audit trail of site activity

Security

SSL

All Wine Owners’ sites are run on https/SSL wildcard certificate provided by Comodo CA Limited. These are the highest levels of SSL security – 2048 bit digital signatures and up to 256 bit encryption as standard with a $250,000 relying party warranty.

When installed on a web server, a SSL certificate activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser.

Private cloud servers are hosted at UKFast, an award winning data centre who are certified to ISO 27001 and ISO 9001:2008, verifying robust security practices within their data centres and operations.

Penetration testing

Every quarter a remote penetration test of the Wine Owners platform is conducted externally by a 3rd party. The scan tests the platform against a large library of known vulnerabilities and probes for potential routes that might lead to a compromise of the system.

The software used to do this is a world-class product that incorporates the latest hacking techniques and attack patterns.

The types of vulnerabilities checked include operating system and network vulnerabilities as well as database and HTML based attack vectors. In addition the system is analysed for behaviour traits that may indicate botnet activity or other types of system compromise.


Implementation

The process of implementation starts with a review of business requirements, operational standards, phasing decisions for bigger projects.

Next we review data flows, systems and integration requirements with background systems and third parties.

Next configuration of the white label starts. Design guidelines are applied.

Concurrently data processing begins, examining data quality, using state of the art automated wine standardisation and matching systems that are proprietary to Wine Owners, and always manually reviewing for accuracy and the addition of new wines to the database of 270,000 fine wines.

Data is loaded, and update processes run. The white label is fully tested end-to-end in a production environment before go-live by our specialist team in collaboration with nominated client-side users.

Configuration Scoping

Each white label wine management platform can be adapted to the client’s preferences – a proposed set of standard functionality is used as a starting point and then reviewed.

If the client requires integration with existing systems, the requirements are determined, scoped, priced and signed off. We have integrated with a very wide variety of background systems, electronic point of sale and ERPs including tjose based on Oracle and Microsoft. We are open, will integrate with any API, webservice or will accept batch/ bulk updates.

Pricing

Pricing depends on data processing requirements, data feeds and integration requirements.

 

  1. An initial setup fee for platform branding and configuration to a defined set of requirements following a scoping session.

  2. Data processing, including parsing, normalisation and data matching.

  3. Optional configuration of sector-specific add ons.

  4. Integration with existing back office systems (one-off fee priced according to scope; optional, depending on client’s requirements).

  5. Annual recurring license fee from point of delivery is based on number of clients subject to the minimum annual package.

  6. Annual support and services.

  7. Premium plans for your clients