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Let me first intoduce PurchasePro.com, Inc. - a provider of Internet B2B electronic commerce services. The company's e-commerce solution consists of public and private "e-marketplaces" where businesses can buy and sell a wide range of products and services in an efficient, competitive and cost-effective manner. It was built using Microsoft technologies such as COM and SQL Server. Until recently, our procurement solution was in the form of a Windows "fat application" that used a custom communications medium called the Datapipe to connect to our Microsoft SQL Server database. There were advantages as well as some inherent disadvantages to this approach. One of the advantages was that businesses rely on Microsoft to provide complete solutions for their technological needs and some businesses won't let non-Microsoft technology be a part of their solution. Another was t... (more)