Tools to Power Your Online Retail Business

eCommerce Journal

Subscribe to eCommerce Journal: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts newslettersWeekly Newsletters
Get eCommerce Journal: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Top Stories

Blockchain is certainly the rage. No matter the industry, you can't seem to have a technology discussion before the topic is raised. According to Gartner's latest hype cycle for emerging technologies, blockchain is approaching the peak. It is considered by Gartner as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.' Approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just this year, according to PwC executive Seamus Cushley. While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality' discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is being taken very seriously across industries and cannot be ignored. In its simplest terms, blockchain is a distributed ledger. However, the reality is much more complex than that. Some of my earlier blogs on blockchain examine some of those complexities (‘Blockchain - It's So Much More than Bitcoin', ‘Blockchain - You want me to trust... (more)

The Impact on Ecommerce Customer Experience | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps #DigitalTransformation

Personalization: The Impact on Ecommerce Customer Experience By Matt Keenan The generic customer journey is dead. One size no longer fits all – for both B2C and B2B customers. So how do you make a customer feel special when the internet has all but eliminated differentiating by product or price? According to Gartner, the delivered digital customer experience must be the key differentiator for your organization.1 So it’s no surprise that one of the top initiatives for retailers is to deliver unique and engaging experiences to each and every customer they serve, appealing to their unique wants and needs, on-line and in-store . The first wave of targeting content, or Personalization, consisted of segmenting customers into static, broad groups across channels such as web, email, banner ads, and product recommendations. The premise was that customers can be grouped based... (more)

How It’s Made: A #ContinuousDelivery Pipeline | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

How It's Made: A Continuous Delivery Pipeline By Necco Ceresani Software delivery was once specific to the IT industry. Now, Continuous Delivery pipelines are used around world from e-commerce to airline software. Building a software delivery pipeline once involved hours of scripting and manual steps – a process that’s painful, if not impossible, to scale. However Continuous Delivery with Application Release Automation tools offers a scripting-free, automated experience. Continuous Delivery pipelines are immensely powerful for the modern enterprise, boosting production and even customer satisfaction. Getting Started: Measure the Existing Process To get started building a Continuous Delivery pipeline, the IT Manager measures key metrics from the existing software release pipeline. The most important metrics to look at are: Time to Deployment Deployment Frequency Cha... (more)

Quoin to Deliver Jahia's Web Content Integration Solutions to US Companies

Jahia (www.jahia.com), the leader in Web Content Integration software, today announced its partnership with Quoin Inc. (http://www.quoininc.com/), a leading technology-consulting firm specializing in J2EE Content Management Systems (CMS) for the last 15 years. The partnership will deliver Web Content Integration and Content Management Solutions to US companies, by utilizing Jahia’s robust, all-encompassing integration tools for Quoin’s clients. “Jahia is a great product partner,” said Brad Kain, Cofounder of Quoin. “Their services offer the flexibility to meet the constant demand for dynamic information through simplified information exchange and collaboration on the Internet. Their support, as well as their product’s ease of use, will help us to deliver effective solutions to our clients.” Quoin excels at collaborating with clients to define the most effective ways ... (more)

Cisco's New Collaboration Solutions To Support WebRTC

Click here to follow [email protected] At its annual Collaboration Summit event, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) Thursday announced the next phase of its vision for collaboration, which focuses on delivering innovations that embrace the modern workspace and enable users to work smarter and more efficiently from virtually anywhere. Cisco designed the new solutions specifically with the goal of making it easier for teams to instantly connect, communicate and collaborate -- so people can respond faster and make decisions more quickly. Tailor-made for the increasingly mobile and distributed workforce, these new innovations are simple to use, are highly intuitive and make collaboration easy to scale across organizations of all sizes. The modern workspace will integrate tools at work with many of the tools employees use at home; support mobility trends that enable people to access in... (more)

Credit Unions Benefit from Comodo Two-Factor Authentication

Comodo's Two-factor Authentication process is popular with credit unions. Comodo's Two-Factor process can authenticate online banking customers with: Usernames and Passwords Digital certificates One-time Passwords (delivered via phone call, SMS and/or email) Optional Security Questions and Secure Cookies Comodo's solution is easy to install and integrates seamlessly with a credit union's existing website. After the customer has installed its digital certificate, the online banking process works just the way it did before, minimizing the learning curve. Comodo customers have experienced very little drain on their help desk, and which further declines after the first couple of weeks. Comodo's Two-factor process meets FFIEC regulationsby requiring one of each kind of identifier: Something the customer knows - (i.e., the customer's password) Something the customer has -... (more)

Upstart NZ Telco Launches New Mobile Service

Two Degrees Mobile (http://www.2degreesmobile.co.nz/) is New Zealand’s newest mobile company. They’ve spent $250 million constructing a brand new mobile network in New Zealand and have launched their offering this week with extremely aggressive pricing. This upstart telecoms operation is set to shake up the market in New Zealand and hopefully (for the consumers) bring mobile charges down to levels that will encourage a massive growth in mobile communication. ... (more)

Xignite Financial Web Services To Help Wolfram|Alpha Engine

Cloud services provider Xignite announced it is working with Wolfram|Alpha, the world’s first computational knowledge engine. Under the agreement, Wolfram|Alpha has integrated Xignite Web services to provide powerful on-demand financial market data calculations for its users. Xignite Web services enabled Wolfram|Alpha to meet a tight development schedule and minimize infrastructure costs prior to its May 2009 launch. Wolfram|Alpha generates powerful systematic results through real-time computations on its ever-growing internal knowledge base. Wolfram|Alpha's knowledge base and capabilities already span many domains and its underlying framework has the power and flexibility to support any domain that is based on systematic knowledge. The information Xignite delivers in response to the search is aggregated and analyzed by Wolfram|Alpha before it is returned to the us... (more)

Cloud-based Social Gaming: Playfish

Media Dojo speaks with Playfish co-founder Sebastien de Halleux about how the cloud-based social gaming company has managed to distribute over 100 million games via Facebook and other social networks in less than 2 years. ... (more)

Stoneware Named “Silver Sponsor” of 4th Cloud Computing Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Stoneware, a leader in the area of private cloud computing, was named "Silver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, which will take place on November 2 - 4, 2009, Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. The event is expected to attract over 1,500 developers, engineers, architects, IT managers, and hardware and software professionals of every stripe. These solutions help customers and partners change how they organize, architect, engineer and manage their IT supply chain. The company's solutions help customers transform their datacenters, enable cloud computing paradigms, and radically reduce IT costs one application or volume store at a time. Stoneware is a privately held corporation providing innovative software that enables organizations to build their own “private” cloud fo... (more)

Patent-Pending Hardware-free Hackerguardian Scans Networks in the Cloud

Jersey City, NJ, September 16, 2009 - As an industry first, Comodo introduces vulnerability scanning for internal networks in the cloud. This patent-pending innovation is available with the newest release of its product HackerGuardian™. Merchants who accept payment cards such as credit cards are required to scan their networks at certain periods, checking for breaches in security. Previously, internal network scans required dedicated hardware, run by an onsite employee. With HackerGuardian, businesses can now run remote scans of their internal and external networks using the same software. A lightweight bootable agent installed on one of the local network nodes can be activated by an employee who may be located in another state, or even on another continent. Merchants required to meet level 1, 2, or 3 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) c... (more)