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Improve Your UX and You're Bound to See eCommerce Success By Scott Davis Commerce has become both digital and global: Online sales are expected to exceed $1.6 trillion dollars by 2020. As a customer preferred way of doing business, ecommerce offers increased selection, value, and convenience. Online shopping also offers merchants increased access to customer data and opportunities to capitalize on that information. If your business isn’t keeping pace with best practices in ecommerce UX—not to mention leveraging mobile to capture even more opportunities—you’ll miss out on the continuously growing percentage of consumer online spending. In 2016, for instance, shoppers made 51 percent of their purchases online (compared to 48 percent in 2015 and 47 percent in 2014). Regardless of the path of innovation you choose in the ecommerce space, your online presence should be o... (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)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of June 16, 2013

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly The market value of China's Internet of things is forecast to be worth $122 billion by 2015.  The Internet of things and RFID markets in the country are poised for expansion over the coming months and years, according to experts speaking at the recent China International Internet of Things Expo.  Read Original Content Tim Dillon, research director for Asia-Pacific at Current An... (more)

Setting Up Shop: Adding a Cart with ColdFusion

Ever wonder what's going on behind the scenes when you click that "Add to Cart" button on your favorite Web site? Sure, whatever you want to buy gets dropped in your cart, but what actually makes it work? There are actually several answers here, so let's go step-by-step through the principles of designing and developing a simple shopping cart system with ColdFusion. The Shopping Cart Say you're ready to sell on the Web and you want people to be able to use that handy little button "Add to Cart" to purchase your items. To do this, you need a shopping cart, and what, exactly, does this entail? Several pieces must be in place for the cart to function properly: a list of the items you want to sell containing all the pertinent information about each item; a system to view the items currently in the cart and the ability to add, remove, or update them; a checkout area; and, ... (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)

Clustering the BEA WebLogic Application

Mission-critical Web-based applications ­ customer self-service, distribution channel and supply chain management, online trading and banking ­ must be deployed on a cluster of servers in order to provide scalability and high availability. Scalability means that servers can be dynamically added or removed as needed to meet user demand, and that the overall load of requests is distributed among the servers so that resources remain fully utilized. High availability means that there is no "single point of failure" in either the system or the application, and that requests automatically failover from nonworking components to working components. Ideally, clustering should be transparent to applications: externally, the cluster should present a "single-system image." In addition to simplifying the task of application development, this allows off-the-shelf components to be... (more)

Zoovy's New Web 2.0 and AJAX-Based Software Boosts Ecommerce Sales

Ecommerce solution provider Zoovy, Inc. announced a template driven AJAX ecommerce site builder. This technology makes it possible for any company to have a Web 2.0 ecommerce site. Web 2.0 improves the overall usability of ecommerce sites by increasing the interactivity and speed of online stores. Zoovy's AJAX software is one of the fastest content management systems on the web. With an improved user interface it's easier to update content, add/remove product categories, and edit items in an online store. "Switching to an AJAX based store really helped improve sales by making the shopping experience more user friendly. Customers can shop without having to wait for pages to constantly reload," said Scott Ingham, owner of Expeditionimports.com. "This change has correlated to a 40% increase in our online sales." Zoovy's AJAX technology combines a number of user enhanc... (more)

Interop Update: A Fast Track to Rehost Your .NET Applications

You already know the sheer productivity advantages of developing applications that run on the .NET framework using the Visual Studio.NET IDE, and have likely developed and deployed one or more of these in the years since they became generally available. But did you know that you can double your market reach for .NET Web and server applications by rehosting them, without major modifications, to run on Java-enabled platforms such as WebSphere running on Linux? According to Forrester Research, J2EE is used by 56 percent of financial services and insurance companies, and by 44 percent of the overall market. Visual MainWin for J2EE from Mainsoft gives you a version of the .NET framework that runs on J2EE applications servers as well as a plug-in to the Visual Studio.NET IDE that takes the MSIL that is compiled from your C# or VB.NET into Java Byte code that will run on ... (more)

Mixing Open Source and Commercial Software - The Best of Both Worlds

Mixing Open Source and commercial software isn't a new concept. IT departments have been doing it for years, especially when building out their core server, networking, and database infrastructures. But using a novel "blended" application development strategy - one that combines Enterprise Java APIs and Open Source Java application frameworks - offers the best of both worlds. Better Java-based Enterprise Apps with Open Source and Commercial Tools Many IT organizations already depend on Open Source software for some of their application development or deployment. But pure Open Source solutions don't always meet enterprise requirements. Using a blended application development and deployment model lets developers pick the right tool for the job and results in more flexible deployment options. Managing the lifecycle of Java-based enterprise applications presents special ... (more)

AJAXWorld Magazine to Debut at AJAXWorld Conference

MONTVALE, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/02/06 -- SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com) announced today the print edition of AJAXWorld Magazine, the leading online AJAX news and content Website (www.ajax.sys-con.com), will debut at the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo, October 2-4, 2006, in Santa Clara, California. The premier issue of the magazine will have the following articles, in addition to opinion pieces and tutorials: "AJAX and Atlas: An overview of two AJAX implementations," by Ben Reichelt "AJAX & SOA: The Next Killer App," by John Crupi "Building a Drag-and-Drop: Shopping Cart with AJAX -- Creating an Interactive Shopping Experience," by Joe Danziger "Intelligent Web Applications with AJAX: A Peek into Modern Technologies For Browser-Based Applications," by Victor Rasputnis, Igor Nys, and Anatole Tartakovsky "Struts Validations Framework Using AJAX: Enriching th... (more)