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Web services ease COMMON housing registration

Web services ease COMMON housing registration


iSeries users registering for Fall COMMON will find the process much easier due to some changes LANSA recently made to the COMMON Web site.

The conference, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 7-11, is the first one in which the conference registration fee will be tied to the hotel registration. This new registration structure will give a discount on conference registration to attendees who stay at a designated hotel. However, it also introduced a need for an online tracking system that could recognize which type of registration fee would apply for each attendee.

This is an example of Web services in action. The Housing Company, Passkey, provided LANSA with the WSDL (Web Services Description Language) to identify the rules and methods to call the API. LANSA Integrator created a SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) transaction over HTTPS using the WSDL (XML) to send and retrieve data via the API. When the attendee selects a conference hotel, the Web services API verifies the housing registration code and determines the corresponding conference registration fee before the payment process begins.

Paying for the conference is easier now that online credit card processing is dynamic using Authorize.Net™. LANSA Integrator created a custom service to call the Authorize.Net API over HTTPS from its back-end server, which improved the batch authorization process.

Bill Hood, director of marketing for LANSA, said, "LANSA Integrator is the fastest growing 'customer demanded' product that we have introduced in the history of our company. Integrator delivers unlimited B2B connectivity solutions for multiple platforms and delivers a quick ROI."

LANSA is a software company that helps customers enhance their business performance through the effective use of leading-edge technologies, services and solutions. LANSA's products provide offerings in the areas of application development, e-business solutions, technology integration and data access. LANSA has evolved into a powerful family of products and solutions that support IBM iSeries, AS/400, Windows, UNIX and Linux platforms. Founded in 1987, LANSA has over 6,500 installations in 67 countries including e-business solutions for world-leading companies like Visa, General Electric Appliances, Hershey Foods and Shell Canada. For more information visit

COMMON is the world's largest group of IBM and IBM-compatible information technology users. The organization comprises 6,500 individual and corporate members representing more than 23,000 IT professionals involved with the application of IBM AS/400, Netfinity and related platforms within a wide variety of business environments. For more information visit

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