2010-11-30

Alen Ziver Malhasoglu's New Microsoft Commerce Server Blog

using operationSequences instead of pipeline components

Commerce Server 2009 OperationSequenceComponent Extensibility, Part 2 - E-Commerce Product Architecture - Site Home - MSDN Blogs.

2010-11-12

Alen Ziver Malhasoglu's New Microsoft Commerce Server Blog

storing large scale of data

ref: http://horicky.blogspot.com/2009/11/nosql-patterns.html
...we see an emerging data storage mechanism for storing large scale of data. These storage solution differs quite significantly with the RDBMS model and is also known as the NOSQL...

NOSQL Patterns

NoSQL GraphDB

2010-11-10

Alen Ziver Malhasoglu's New Microsoft Commerce Server Blog

Windows Azure Resources

Creating your First Azure Service – Azure Quickstart

Rapid Developer Deploy to Windows Azure

Windows Azure fundamentals & services

how to highlight and beautify posts with source code

http://alexgorbatchev.com/SyntaxHighlighter/manual/api/autoloader.html

2010-11-04

Alen Ziver Malhasoglu's New Microsoft Commerce Server Blog

do you need your own ecommerce website or just ebay is enough

I was wondering why people need to have a e-commerce site, rather then advertising on ebay, craigslist, amazon, ...etc Those sites have already got so many users searching for goods to purchase. However when you look at the major huge companies they have their direct selling channels as well, for instance www.dell.com , store.microsoft.com , shop.vodafone.co.uk , ... etc

Then the conclusion is whether you have an popular e-retail site (ebay, amazon, ..etc) shop or not, you should have your own online shop in order to provide your users direct sells, mayse some other products you can sell with cross sell scenarios. Indirect channel will cost you more, then selling direct to the actual consumer, and you can provide discount or loyalty programmes to the consumer to drive traffic to your online store.

The only glitch in having your direct channel is the payment confidence of your visitors. Since nobody wants to give credit card information to a website that has not been heard much, then you should find an alternative payment method to gain users' condifence in your site. This can be achieved using PayPal or other online payment processing systems. The user enters to the checkout process and when the payment transaction will be made , you can redirect the user to payment processor, after the payment is processed on the commonly trusted site, the checkout will be completed on your site. After gaining some transaction volume in your site, you can offer direct credit card transactions, or bank transfers to your companies account, by those payment methods user can get an additional discount compared to the external payment processor payment type, and you can avoid paying any comision to the payment processor by this way.

Some interesting links about having an ecommerce site of your own:

Best Alternative Auction sites to ebay
10 Easy Steps to a Horrible Ecommerce Site, By Jason Chance
The 25 Best E-Commerce Sites
How-To Create an eCommerce Website with WordPress in under 5 minutes
Best Alternative Auction sites to ebay
10 Easy Steps to a Horrible Ecommerce Site, By Jason Chance
The 25 Best E-Commerce Sites
How-To Create an eCommerce Website with WordPress in under 5 minutes

MSCS09 code name "R2" - Sept10 CTP


What's New: The following are new features that have been introduced since the Commerce Server 2009 "R2" May 2010 CTP release:
  • Storefront and component Web Parts are now designed for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010.
  • The SharePoint Commerce Services Configuration Wizard has been updated to enable IT Personnel or developers to deploy Commerce Server solutions to SharePoint 2010 and upgrade existing Commerce Sever 2009 Web Parts.


Important: The Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 code name "R2" will no longer include Microsoft SharePoint 2007 based solution storefront and component Web Parts.

Note: Given the pre-release nature of this release, not all functionality is currently available. The release is for evaluation purposes only and is not intended to be used in a production environment. The September CTP will stop functioning on December 31, 2012.

2010-11-03

Alen Ziver Malhasoglu's New Microsoft Commerce Server Blog

Customizing Profiles System

Controlling How Profiles Are Displayed in the Customer and Orders Manager,
Commerce Server 2007
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb509012(CS.70).aspx

How to configure Commerce Server Staging to log to SQL database

2010-11-02

Alen Ziver Malhasoglu's New Microsoft Commerce Server Blog

User instance is a feature of SQL Server Express ONLY

User instance is a feature of SQL Server Express, which is not supported by other editions of SQL Server (such as Developer or Enterprise).