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Best way to display customized content for different users

By tjohnston ·
I'm fairly new in the web-development arena, and I've been tasked with working on a project to get some reports on the web.

Currently we print Monthly reports for all of our clients, of which there are several hundred. It ammounts to about 4000 pages of paper each month that we mail out. We'd like to put these reports on the web to allow our clients to view them online, and print them locally if necessary.

The reports will likely be stored as .PDF files, so I need a way to get each user their files and only their files.

The previous employee (who is no longer here) tasked with this project was working on a solution where each client would enter an account number. The PDF files would have the account number in the naming convention, and we could filter the reports directory for this account number. I see this as a fairly un-secure way to implement this project because anyone could get the client's acount number and view their reports with no trouble.

I'm looking at several options for creating logins for each client and displaying their information on pages after the login sequence. There are several different ways to implement this option as well. I've found options to manage our data and logins with a DB, with Windows Active Directory, with Windows Live ID, or some hybrid combination of these options.

I'm running my webserver on a Windows Server 2003 box, and we've got several Oracle 10G databases avaiable. We're working on coding with MS Visual Web Developer programming ASP.NET (Currently 2.0, but we're planning to upgrade to 3.5).

Which option do you guys think would be easiest to implement? Most secure? Best? Are there any other options that I didn't list?

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If it is an option...

by NotSoChiGuy In reply to Best way to display custo ...

...check out a document management system called OnBase. From the looks of it, OnBase could fulfill a lot of your needs.

It is pricey, but worth it.

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