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By John Pallatto  |  Posted 2004-03-03 Print this article Print

The Virgin Entertainment IT development team also looked at IBM WebSphere but concluded that "BizTalk excelled in the area of XML and Web services development," said Paul Duchouquette, director of IT with Virgin Entertainment.

The server watches for refunds that exceed a certain amount or for volume discounts that exceed company policies, which are among the most frequent scams executed by employees, explains Winningham.

The system notifies loss prevention managers that a suspicious transaction has popped up via cell phones or pagers, Winningham said, allowing them to immediately check the validity of the transaction. The system can flag a suspicious transaction within 10 minutes after it is entered. Its possible for store managers to track down a fraudulent transaction while the perpetrator "is still standing behind the point of sale terminal," he said.

"We want employees to be aware that the system is there if they are thinking about ripping us off," Winningham said. Enterprise Applications Center Editor John Pallatto is a veteran journalist in the field of enterprise software and Internet technology. Check out eWEEK.coms Enterprise Applications Center at for more news, views and analysis. Be sure to add Our Enterprise Applications news feed to your RSS newsreader:

John Pallatto John Pallatto is's Managing Editor News/West Coast. He directs eWEEK's news coverage in Silicon Valley and throughout the West Coast region. He has more than 35 years of experience as a professional journalist, which began as a report with the Hartford Courant daily newspaper in Connecticut. He was also a member of the founding staff of PC Week in March 1984. Pallatto was PC Week's West Coast bureau chief, a senior editor at Ziff Davis' Internet Computing magazine and the West Coast bureau chief at Internet World magazine.

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