Online bill pay

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I have a model 520 running V5R4. I have a Web site running on a out-of-house server. I want to have customers pay there utility bills on the Web. My question: Can someone suggest the best way to get this project done. Should I look for software that runs on a server or can I run this online bill pay from the AS/400?

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I do not believe there is any one right answer to your question. It all depends on your business requirements. I have worked with applications where all of the web interface was done on the System i, where all of the web interface was done on non-i server and the application utilized System i application databases in real time, and where all of the web interface was done on the non-i server with periodic file transfers between the non-i system and the i.

All three approaches are viable and provide different advantages and disadvantages.

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  • slack400
    I think the easy route is to build in the webpages on your website for the customer to key in the auto-payment information ie credit card number bank account and routing number, etc. and that information would be collected and stored on your AS400. Initially you would take that data and set up the autopayment manually. If it takes off then you could look at taking your interface and hooking it in directly to your pay service. If you don't have a pay service then you have some work to do. You could contact your company's bank and see if they can hook you up since you already have the relationship. Or you can start searching around. Paypal is probably a safe bet. You're now entering the wacky world of data retention and scary sensitive data. If you're company is publicly traded or in the banking/healthcare industry you'll have to tread slowly and contact your legal department before you start accepting those credit card numbers from customers. You need to be aware of the liability your company has to accept when they start collecting sensitive data from customers. You're hosting partner better be SAS-70 compliant as well.
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