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ST. PAUL, Minn., June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Parents of students in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools can now pay almost all school-related fees online – and register for activities at the same time – using the FeePay™ Comprehensive Management System, which was developed for the district by a partnership that includes TIES, Arux and BankCard Services Worldwide. FeePay™ is a first-of-its-kind system designed specifically to handle the thousands of payment and registration transactions that happen between parents and schools every day. Using a single family login, parents can pay school fees, add money to school meal accounts, register for activities and complete required forms for multiple children attending different schools in the district. Each activity or service is added to a single shopping cart for checkout, just like Amazon and othe... (more)

BevyUp Unveils Breakthrough in E-Commerce Social Revenue Optimization at DEMO Fall 2013

BevyUp just announced that it will introduce on stage at DEMO Fall 2013 a Social Revenue Optimization (SRO) analytics platform that provides online retailers with unprecedented visibility into shopper buying sentiment. The BevyUp SRO Analytics Suite captures never-before-available intelligence that enables retailers to make real-time adjustments to pricing, promotions and inventory that immediately boost revenues and margins. In early deployments, retailers have increased their conversion rate and revenue per visit by more than 200 percent, and average order value by 44 percent. Click to Tweet: [email protected] unveils breakthrough in #socialcommerce #analytics at DEMO Fall 2013 http://bit.ly/GUxIkG The SRO Analytics Suite enables online retailers to access and use business intelligence on shoppers’ sentiments towards individual products to optimize pricing, promotions and ... (more)

Rakuten’s Investment in MediaForge Pays off with Triple Digit Growth and International Expansion

On the one-year anniversary of its acquisition by Rakuten LinkShare, MediaForge announced triple-digit growth, strong client results, and several new retargeting and display technology products. MediaForge also launched in four international markets, establishing itself as one of the few retargeting/display companies operating on a global scale. The new offices are based in Brazil, Japan, the U.K. and Australia, with additional expansion planned for the near future. There was also significant growth in the company’s client roster with new advertisers including Anthropologie in the UK, ValueBasket in Australia, and The Body Shop, L’OCCITANE and JanSport in the US. The company also increased staffing by 53 percent over the past 12 months. New Technology Drives Engagement On Social and Mobile Platforms Building on its expansive year-over-year growth, Rakuten MediaForge h... (more)

Candiano sparkles in Times Square

NEW YORK, Sept. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Candiano, a loose diamond company, is pleased to announce the launch of their online website which features direct diamond purchasing for considerably less than retail prices. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140909/144298 To kick off the new service, the company has purchased advertising space on the 7,000 square foot Reuters/PR Newswire digital billboard in Times Square, the largest digital display in the world in the greatest advertising show on earth. Times Square is an iconic world landmark defined by its advertisements and spectacular billboard displays, a location which welcomes 1.5 million people a day. To advertise in Times Square is to be an icon and visibility on such a large scale is significant as Candiano introduces itself to the marketplace with maximum impact.  "By ordering loose diamonds onlin... (more)

Rich Internet Applications - State of the Union

[This prescient article first appeared on SYS-CON.com nearly 12 months ago.] We are entering an era of Rich Internet Applications (RIA),  and many enterprise development managers are facing the dilemma - which way to go - remain with  tried and true Java or .Net technologies or less known yet AJAX, Flex, OpenLaszlo or a number of other vendors.  This article is an attempt to give a brief overview of what's out there on the RIA market. Historically there have been major shifts in the software industry. We moved from mainframes with dumb terminals to client/server. Users gained in convenience and productivity, and mainframe systems were patronizingly labeled as legacy. With the availability of the World Wide Web industry visionaries turned the tables: vendors and corporate IT had been eager to get rid of the complexity of client/server version management and technologist... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: "Personal Blogs Will Be Dead in Another Two or Three Years"

Web 2.0 has been a buzzword shrouded in mystery. Although I've heard it used hundreds of times in the past year, I've never been able to find a good definition of what it actually means. This is in part because, as Paul Graham points out, Dougherty coined the term before defining it. When brainstorming on Web 2.0, O'Reilly laid out a list of services that seemed qualitatively different than those that had come before and looked for patterns. What he eventually came up with was a list of seven principles and eight patterns. O'Reilly hits the nail on the head here with his inductive approach. However, I still come away from O'Reilly's manifesto wishing for definitive clarity. So here I set out to put forth a working definition of what Web 2.0 really is, how it differs from Web 1.0, and how it will differ from what may come after. I am not proposing that these are abso... (more)

Using the CASE Expression in SQL Queries

The DBMS (database management system) is often faster at performing calculations like summing up or averaging the values in a column of numbers than, for instance, the application server. However, there are many cases in which performing the same calculation on all of the data in a column will not provide the correct result. This article will show you how to use the CASE expression in SQL queries to more flexibly perform aggregate calculations and set values based on a logical statement. An example of the need to apply the CASE expression in an aggregate function is an online shopping cart with several item-specific options that, depending on the options chosen, change the way an item's price is added to the cart and, therefore, the final total price of the order. I will discuss a shopping cart for an online store that requires variable pricing within four option ... (more)

The Development Power of Open Source AJAX Tooling

(SYS-CON Media) - Understanding the complexity of AJAX at the browser level is critical to refining and debugging rich AJAX applications that leverage Web technologies such as JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and XMLHttpRequests. Adding a third-party AJAX runtime heightens the complexity and sufficient browser tooling becomes critical when attempting to build a rich Internet application around existing libraries. The Eclipse AJAX Toolkit Framework (ATF) provides both a multi-faceted set of browser tooling features as well as support for integrating and building on existing AJAX runtimes. IBM has a long history of working with the open source community and supporting innovation and collaboration. The Eclipse ATF project is one of 150 that IBM is currently participating in and actively making technology contributions for various enhancements. IBM's goal around ... (more)

Amazon - The Real Web Services Company

I am biased writing this article because my company is a big user of Amazon Web Services. But please read on and see why I am so excited about what the largest online retailer is doing these days. Not only Amazon is the real Web Services company now, it is becoming an icon for the 21st century software tools company. Not Microsoft, not IBM not even Google, but Amazon has been quietly, and recently not so quietly, building the blocks of the next generation software platform. At the core of the Amazon strategy are the Web Services. The Amazon team takes the concepts of search, storage, lookup and management the data and turns them into pay-per-fetch and pay-per-space web services. This is a brilliant strategy and Amazon is certainly a visionary company. But what impresses me the most as an engineer is their ability to take very complex problems, solve them and then ... (more)

How to Secure a Web Application

While security is a concern throughout an application, it is especially important for Web application components. An insecure Web application leaves a Web site vulnerable to many attacks, some that require nothing more than an Internet browser and a small amount of knowledge. The global and anonymous nature of the Internet means that a Web application can be attacked from anywhere in the world by individuals who frequently cannot be traced. Even if they are found, international law often makes prosecution all but impossible. Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) provides many security features. Understanding when and how to use these features is complex and error prone. Furthermore, J2EE security falls short of satisfying many of the needs of Web application developers. BEA WebLogic Server implements all of the J2EE Web application security features and extends them to h... (more)

Web 2.0 Platform for Mobile Devices Released by Canoo

Canoo has just released UltraLightClient (ULC) Mobile, aimed at facilitating development of Enterprise Web 2.0 applications with a desktop user experience that will run on both Java SE and Java ME clients. ULC is a Java library for web user interface development, bridging the gap between Java Swing and a server-side architecture. It allows Java developers, says Canoo, to develop "mission-critical Enterprise Web 2.0 applications with a rich and responsive user interface using proven Java technology both on the client and on the server." UltraLightClient-based applications can be deployed in a J2EE container, as a portlet, or stand-alone without changing the code. On the client, a standard JRE from 1.4 upwards is all that is required. The new product, ULC Mobile, extends the deployment options to mobile devices that run with the Windows CE operating system. ULC Mobile ... (more)