Secure PDF invoices

MPI Tech Blue Server converts invoices from AS/400 output to secured PDF

The Challenge


Berry Bros & Rudd is using MPI Tech's Blue Server for AFP to PDF conversion and Email of AS/400's Spool files. Peter Gilbert, Applications Manager at Berry Bros & Rudd gave MPI Tech the requirement to email documents, invoices, statements, transaction reports - from the AS/400.

The Solution


Peter Gilbert says:

“We downloaded an evaluation copy of the Blue Server software to try out. After loading the software onto a PC and spending a couple of hours configuring it (I wouldn’t suggest using a laptop with firewall enabled) we were able to send reports to the PC in PDF format and with a few slight adjustments we were able to email from the AS/400.

We did encounter some security issues, because the password protected PDF documents was either fully on or off. We needed to be able to allow the user to print or save the document but didn't want to allow editing. This is particularly important for invoices and statements.

After a very productive visit from Blue Server sales support, we were able to load images from PC documents and incorporate them in AS/400 reports using an IBM printer driver downloaded from IBM’s website.

Since we have purchased the full license and moved the application to a production server in our computer room, we have found it very useful, easy to use and most importantly, a stable product. We are currently evaluating our invoices and statements prior to widespread distribution to customers.