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 Operating Characteristics
 Access Control
 Source of Listings
 Visibility Level
 Public Posting Privileges
 Functional Components
 Listings Management
 People Management
 Dealmaking Facilities
 Business Operations
 Custom Design
Dynaprice Venues

Subsystems for separate business units or functions
Dynaprice data services are based on networking together separate business units or functions.

Each business unit or function receives a dedicated set of computer programs and database access configured and customized to its particular needs. These programs are implemented in a controlled-access website called its "operating venue" -- where it does its business.

Major Components of a VenueEach venue can be given selected capabilities to manage listings (inventories and public postings of wanteds and offers), people (staff, customers and sales prospects), and a "haggling" style of dealmaking between identified people with regard to specific listings. This all rests on top of administrative functions for business operations, including such things as reporting and archiving.

Individual venues can be configured and linked for data sharing with great flexibility to meet the needs of any organization. The descriptions of Dynaprice Products include sample illustrations of linkages among venues configured in the ways shown below.

  Venue Configurations

Venue Type
Access Control  Source of Listings Item Visibility Data Visibility  Posting Privileges
Inventory
Management
ID/Password Own Venue All All Venue Staff
Internal
Redeployment
Corporate
Network
Group of Venues Released to Company
(Levels 1-5)
For Company
(Levels 1-5)
Company Staff
Public Website
Surplus Sales/Auctions
Public
Internet
One or
Group of Venues
Released to Public For Public None
Private Sales
Management
ID/Password One or
Group of Venues
Released to Group
(Admin Level 1)
For Group
(Levels 1-3)
Venue Staff
Private Sales
and Auctions
ID/Password One or
Group of Venues
Released to Group
(Levels 1-3)
For Group
(Levels 1-3)
Venue Staff
Member-Only
Exchange
ID/Password Group of Venues Released to Group
(Levels 1-3)
For Group
(Levels 1-3)
Members
Member Public
Search Portal
Public
Internet
Group of Venues Released to Public For Public Members
Public Market
Exchange
Public
Internet
All
Dynaprice Venues
Released to Public For Public Public (identified)
Public Market
Search Portal
Public Internet All
Dynaprice Venues
Released to Public For Public None
Standard Asset
Templates
ID/Password Own Venue Own Venue Own Venue Venue Staff
 

  Operating Characteristics

Access Control

Options for controlling
who can access a venue
Every venue has a public web page visible, but not necessarily publicized, on the web. The content of that page is fully custom to the owner of the venue. Access to information and user facilities behind the public home page is controlled by software on the Dynaprice server. There are three ways access to a venue is controlled:
User ID
+ Password
Administrator-assigned and -managed User ID's and passwords must be entered prior to access to any part of the venue behind the home page. This is checked for each and every page viewed. Administrators additionally assign a "Company Relationship" to each authorized user, ranging from Venue-Affiliated to Venue-Employee, Venue-Administrator, and Top Venue Administrator. Different parts of a secure site are available to differently-qualified users.
Coded Link from
Company Intranet
Access is provided to anyone able to access a secure company intranet. In this case, users with or without assigned User ID and Password may gain entry to the venue, although they may need to register or log in with a User ID and Password to use such venue facilities as posting as listing or responding to one. This access level is appropriate for general viewing by company employees, with security provided by the operator of the company intranet.
Public AccessNo access control is enforced for those finding the venue on the web. Public venues are typically not given the server-side programs needed to access or display private information, as for inventory data or items kept from public view. They are used for maximum visibility of sales-oriented information.
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Source of Listings

Defines the venue(s)
from which listings
are displayed
Each venue displays a controlled set of offer and wanted listings. Each venue will display listings posted within itself, and may post listings from other venues. There are three ways of specifying where the displayed listings come from:
Single
Venue
A single-source venue displays listings of either itself alone or of another single venue. If it displays listings of another venue only, postings placed on it are associated with that other venue for recordkeeping, but distinguished as having been posted locally. This type is used for an inventory venue and for a public venue showing only publicly-visible listings from a single inventory venue.
Group of
Venues
This is used for divisional or company-level aggregation of subordinate inventory venues. It is also used for trade association and similar multi-company venues showing allowed listings from a defined set of member inventory venues only.
PublicThis type of venue displays all listings of "Public Item Visibility" at all Dynaprice venues. Public venues typically specialize in only certain product categories (e.g., machine tools, lab equipment); each will display only items within the categories it includes.
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Visibility Level

Controls which venues
can display which items
and, for those items,
what descriptive data
There are ten "levels" of visibility provided for in Dynaprice data services, ranging from 0 (fully private) to 9 (fully public). Each listing item, data field, and venue is assigned a visibility level. An item itself is visible only in venues assigned a visibility level UP TO the level of the item. The same holds true for individual descriptive data fields assigned to a product class or a company inventory record. The ten levels are:
0. InventoryItems assigned this level are visible only within their own inventory (Level 0) venue; all their descriptive and inventory data fields are shown.
1. Company 1Items visible up to Company 1 venues; inventory data fields given visibility level 1 or above are shown.
2. Company 2Items visible up to Company 2 venues; inventory data fields NOT shown.
3. Company 3Items visible up to Company 3 venues; inventory data fields NOT shown.
4. Company 4Items visible up to Company 4 venues; inventory data fields NOT shown.
5. Company 5Items visible up to Company 5 venues; inventory data fields NOT shown.
6. Group 1Items visible up to Group 1 venues; inventory data fields given visibility level 6 or above are shown.
7. Group 2Items visible up to Group 2 venues; inventory data fields NOT shown.
8. Group 3Items visible up to Group 3 venues; inventory data fields NOT shown.
9. PublicItems visible at ALL venues (where product class included); inventory data fields NOT shown.

These levels offer those entering inventory items the flexibility to choose where each item is seen or to set up time-phased expansion of item visibility up a corporate hierarchy, to membership groups it subscribes to, and to the public at large.

A Corporate example:
Several divisions each have several departments and wish to seek redeployment of unused assets first within the department, then within the division, then company-wide, and finally as an open sale to the public. A Dynaprice company client may specify inventory venues for each department and build a hierarchy of department, division and company-wide redeployment venues (with access control only to company employees). That company can implement rules that items unclaimed for internal redeployment at a lower level after (say) 28 days are then released to the next higher level of visibility.

A Trade Association example:
Members post listings in their Inventory Venues, then select a release date for each item on which it becomes visible to all other members at an Association "Group" venue. Group venues can be ranked 1-3 for differentiation among levels of visibility among them, or Group Level 1 may be reserved to display certain "Item Data" to Group Administrators that is not shown to Group Members at Levels 2 and 3.
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Public Posting Privileges

Settings that determine
whether and what kind
of listings may be posted
Listings may be offers to sell or wanteds for purchase (or, where used, auctions). Clients using Dynaprice for their inventory management generally want the ability to post all kinds of listings at inventory venues. Clients operating public surplus sales or market portal venues may or may not want registered members from outside their organization (the public) to post listings at such venues.

The DynaSpecs system for user-controlled venue design contains a "doPostings" parameter that can be set in one of four ways to implement the desires of the venue owner:
No Postings
Offers Only
Wanteds Only
Offers and Wanteds

Venues with limited posting privileges will still show both offers and wanteds from the "Source" (usually inventory) venues they display.
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