Almost any company or organization with a need to
communicate can make good use of a Wildcat! system. Well take you on a quick trip to
three very different companies, each of them using the Wildcat! to communicate effectively
and economically with their staff, clients, customers and the public.
"Wildcat! provides the tools to
allow us to be a fast, bottom-line, results-producing, business-to-business company."
Ann Kohler, Co-founder, Apparel Exchange
Apparel Exchange, a garment industry clearing house based
in Atlanta, Georgia, specializes in linking apparel manufacturers with suppliers of
fabrics, machinery, contracting, and ready-to-wear. They needed to distribute catalogs and
samples from various manufacturers in a timely manner, but print media was too expensive
and slow for the fast paced industry.
Using a custom designed application and Wildcat! BBS,
Apparel Exchange offers customers electronic catalogs of scanned swatches of material. The
catalogs can be sent to anywhere in the world in minutes, easily be customized for special
niche markets, and quickly and inexpensively changed. Besides using Wildcat! for the
electronic catalog, Apparel Exchange created an automated online database system where
suppliers and customers can enter the materials they are selling or searching for right
from Wildcat!. When a match is found, the Apparel Exchange system immediately notifies the
interested parties by fax.
Apollo Trust Company
"We were the first community bank
in the nation to offer customers online banking services, and Wildcat! has been with us
from day one. Now were offering Internet access to our customers through Wildcat!,
and they love it!"
R. Scott Brunermer, Compliance Officer
Apollo Trust Company, a community bank based in Apollo,
Pennsylvania, uses a Wildcat! , along with the Internet services it provides, as customer
benefits of the bank. During the 1980s, Apollo and surrounding communities were hit by the
closure of steel mills leaving the area economically challenged. Bank executives reasoned
that putting up a Web site could raise awareness of Apollos economic and business
opportunities to nearby Pittsburgh and other cities. And the favorable publicity and
goodwill the bank received from offering Internet access and online financial services
would offset the cost of doing it.
The project has proven extremely successful. When customers
open an account with Apollo, they are granted world-wide access through the Internet. And
because the Apollo system operates twenty-four hours a day, bank members can access
account information, balance their checkbooks, and apply for loans online when its
convenient for them. They can access a large library of files as well as participate in
local public message forums. Members also can communicate through E-mail with their
children away at school and keep up with the latest information around the world through
Apollos system works on several PCs hooked together
in a LAN through Ethernet. They have one T1 line from their local telephone company, plus
a PC connected to a satellite feed for their weather and news information. They offer
several dial-up modems for community access and even more telnet lines for outside use.
Because of the depressed economic status of the area,
Apollo has extended its Internet services to the entire community for a very small fee.
This move has gained them even more positive visibility in the community, increased the
number of bank accounts and inspired many of their banking colleagues, business partners
and clients to get online.
Virtual Medical Center (VMC)
"We know of health
professionals who have bought computer equipment for the sole purpose of hooking up to the
VMC. Knowledge of electronic technology has infiltrated into the community so much that
every public health department in the state has a modem."
Robert J. Flaherty, MD, Project Director
Its usually not too hard to find an expert opinion on
a tough medical problem -- if you happen to be working in a large hospital. But what about
smaller hospitals and one-person practices in sparsely populated regions? Doctors at
Montana State University have a solution: the Virtual Medical Center (VMC).
Medical care specialists can request information by posting
a message on the Wildcat! system. A faculty member then researches the request and
responds, generally within 24 hours. The VMC file database contains a wealth of
information, including health related newsletters, diagnosis and treatment
recommendations, public health advisories, health information resources and health
Health professionals can also use the VMC Wildcat! to
pursue continuing medical education courses. Callers can search the database by topic,
date and course location to identify appropriate opportunities to further their education.
"Our real estate agency needed a
Web server that wouldnt leave our dial-up users behind. The combination of Wildcat!
and wcCode gave us the tools we needed to create a high-performance property listing
platform loaded with power and flexibility. Care to guess whos getting all the home
Jeff Tucker, Broker/Webmaster
Real estate broker Jeff Tucker uses a Wildcat! to publish
his offices real estate listings to increasingly Internet-savvy home buyers. And
because it can utilize standard phone lines, anyone with a computer, Windows and a modem
can also preview homes with the same full-color, point and click screens.
By creating an electronic catalog with numerous pictures of
homes, realty.com gives its listings a broader range of exposure. Buyers can search for
and preview properties in the comfort of their own home. By specifying the city, price
range, number of bedrooms, and even square footage, buyers can narrow their search to only
those homes that fit their exact needs. When buyers find a home in the catalog appealing,
they send an E-mail message to the agent asking for more information or an appointment to
see the home. This search capability saves a tremendous amount of time for buyers and
Besides previewing homes, buyers can check mortgage rates,
create amortization schedules and participate in message conferences to discuss area
prices, schools and shopping facilities. As an additional revenue stream realty.com offers
advertising space to housing related businesses such as mortgage, home warranty, and title
Besides serving the local Charlotte area, realty.com links
to a national network of real estate offices so that buyers looking to move across the
state or the nation will find visiting the site a valuable asset. Tuckers Wildcat!
system ultimately saves him time by acting as his assistant and promoting a positive,
market-leader image to the community -- both of which have increased listings, sales, and
best of all, his bottom line.