E-commerce Solutions

E-commerce Solutions

  • Bootstrap- UX Design Frameworks

     Bootstrap- UX Design Framworks

     Bootstrap- UX Design Frameworks 

    Bootstrap is a free and open-source collection of tools for creating websites and web applications. It contains HTML- and CSS-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, navigation and other interface components, as well as optional JavaScriptextensions. It aims to ease the development of dynamic websites and web applications.

    Bootstrap is a front end framework, that is, an interface for the user, unlike the server-side code which resides on the "back end" orserver.

    Bootstrap is the most-starred project on GitHub, with over 88K+ stars and more than 37K+ forks.

     

    We use bootstrap  UX frameworks for designing user interface for  WordPress CMS, Joomla CMS, Liferay CMS and Magneto Ecommerce . Bootstrap  is quite powerful and can be used for many user interface applications. Bootstrap based User Interfaces are custom made and unique. This means your website will have look and feel that is not shared with other websites. Such uniqueness helps in branding and positioning

     

     References :

     1.0  Getting Started with Bootstrap 3.3- ASIN: B00J6N75ZA

     2.0 UX Strategy: How to Devise Innovative Digital Products that People Want- ASIN: B00XZF0J26

     

     Note: This is an Working Article- Expect Revisions. Please note most  of the Published and Acacdemic papers have Permission of Use Policies. Please  read them craefully.  

     

  • Business Process Reengineering

     Business Process Reengineering

    Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) Definition

    Business process re-engineering (BPR) is the "fundamental rethinking and radical redesign of business processes aimed at achieving radical improvements in essential contemporary measures of performance, such as cost, quality, service and speed" (Hammer and Champy, 1993).

     

     

     

     References :

    1.0  Reengineering the Corporation: Hammar and Champy

    2.0 Competitive Advantage- Porter

    3.0 Competitive Strategy- Porter

    4.0 Business Process Modeling- Article Link

    5.0 Business value of Managed Service- Article Link

  • Integrated Marketing & Communication In E-Solutions

    Integrated Marketing and Communication

    What is  Integrated marketing and Communication- (IMC)

     

     IMC as shown in the diagram - 2.1 above is a marketing strategy analysis, target marketing process followed by planning and program development. The resulting output of the IMC is used to derive  communication messages of a  corporate website and or E-Commerce solutions.

     

     IMC Strategy

    How IMC and Website and E Commerce work Together- the Big picture

     IMC empowers you with  a big picture of the corporate marketing  communication process that encompasses, various  channels, various target markets and various key objectives like branding and positioning,  market development and competitive  strategy. Doing marketing without understanding IMC is completely foolish- As Sun Tzu of The Art of War in  China says every war is won before the battle is fought. In  E-Business context this means  creating  a website and an e-commerce before applying analysis methods of   IMC, at best, the effort will be wasted.

     

    In E-solutions ( Web CMS and E-Commerce Solutions  ) IMC analysis  is done in conjunction with UX Design, Information Architecture and Content Strategy. The process is iterative , since so many factors and so many people are concerned. In fact,  the use of Collaboration Server[5] is quite common in the IMC analysis and design step. Typically One note  and mindmap is used for research  and analysis and as a writing tool.

     

     ELM- elaboration Likelihood Model of Communication

    Analyzing your methods, channels and Effective Process of Communication

     This is the central task of IMC, essentially you are examining various  alternatives to deliver the value message to the target segment of the market.  We utilize various Models of Communication- like Elaboration Likely Hood Model of Communication (ELM) as shown in figure 5.9 above. In ELM model we examine the message  receiver, the channel  and the authority of the  source of communication.

     Examining your Results and Revisions

      Various analytics tools provide  rapid feedback. Also consumer research provides before and after  feedback data. You should use such information to design your next pass of the IMC Analysis

     Various Case Studies and Creative Element of IMC

     The creative element of IMC is best understood by examining the case studies against the qualitative analysis frameworks of Belch and Belch IMC text[1].  We find Mindmap [4] to be effective in this process. The best is to work backwards from the target customer  to the business delivering the  messages, in the process competitive strategy and value chain of the messages has to be examined.[3] This means we need to understand our competition completely.[3]. This  understanding makes positioning effective and scientifically accurate. The source  & persona of the message is very  important in the communication.

      

     Summary

     Integrated marketing and communication are intricately connected with Business Development . It is not uncommon that  many business has not been able to integrate IMC and E-business solutions. Such  partial measures has resulted in  websites and e-commerce not being effective and waste of time and effort.  Rapid feedback from various  web analytics tool can clearly  demonstrate the value of the IMC  in the communication and business development process.

    Next Action Process

     Please contact us  regarding how integrated marketing & communication and E-Solutions can help your business. One of our Engineers will be happy to assist you in your endeavour.

    Acknowledgement

    The IMC Process  & ELM process  figures are taken from IMC Belch& Belch textbook [1]

     References

     1.0 IMC- Belch & Belch- ISBN-13: 978-0073404868

    2.0 IMC Handbook  ISBN-13: 978-1933199061

    3.0 The Art of war- Sun Tzu-  ISBN-13: 978-1590300541

    4.0 MINDMAP- Analysis Tools- software

    5.0 Alfresco Collaboration Server- software

    6.0 Microsoft One Note- software

     

      Note: Version 0.1150116

  • Smart Hustle

     Smart Hustle Research

  • Business Strategy and Execution

    Business Strategy and Execution

     

    Business Strategy and Execution

     

    admin - Posted on 23 September 2008

    Business Strategy and Excution is very important for all forms of business. How ever geting information to create strategy is not very easy. I am working on a systematic methods to gather strategic information for analyzing Software and IT Business.
    If you have any suggestion , please let us know.

    References:
    1.0 http://www.valuebasedmanagement.net/index.html
    2.0 http://www.jaxworks.com/index.htm
    3.0 Socratic Methods
    http://www.viddler.com/explore/mikeolpin/videos/22/
    4.0 Business Strategy
    http://swengineer.blogspot.com/2008/03/socratic-methods-and-competitive....
    5.0 Porter
    http://www.amazon.com/Competitive-Strategy-Techniques-Industries-Competi...
    6.0 Whorton
    http://www.amazon.com/Wharton-Dynamic-Competitive-Strategy-George/dp/047...
    7.0 Soctratic Methods
    http://books.google.ca/books?id=F0Ol9KbWROoC&printsec=frontcover&dq=socr...
    8.0 Socratic and Aristotal
    http://www.amazon.com/Socratic-Logic-Questions-Aristotelian-Principles/d...
    9.0 Ram Charan- execution
    http://www.amazon.com/Execution-Discipline-Getting-Things-Done/dp/060961...

  • Designing a Website That Deliver Results - KPI as a Strategy

    Designing a  Website That Deliver Results

    Key Performance Indicator (KPI) as a Strategy for Business Development Websites and E-commerce

     

     

    Measuring business performance on the basis of finance alone is flawed. Business performance should include other aspects of the business like:

    1.0  Utilization of Assets and Working Capital

    2.0 Research and Development and Continuous Learning

    3.0 Customer Satisfaction and Customer Development

    4.0  Environment and Community- Protection and  Development

    5.0 Internal Discipline and Order- Delivery on Time and being Effective

    6.0 Employee Satisfaction-  Retention and Skill Based Training

     

  • Distributed Computing and Microservice Architecture

    Distributed Computing and Microservice Architecture

     

    Distributed Computing and Microservice Architecture

    Microservices are small, autonomous services that work together. Let’s break that definition down a bit and consider the characteristics that make microservices different.

    The benefits of microservices are many and varied. Many of these benefits can be laid at the door of any distributed system. Microservices, however, tend to achieve these benefits to a greater degree primarily due to how far they take the concepts behind distributed systems and service-oriented architecture.

    Docker- An opensource implementaion of Microservice - implements a high-level API to provide lightweight containers that run processes in isolation.[12]

    Building on top of facilities provided by the Linux kernel (primarily cgroups and namespaces), a Docker container, unlike a virtual machine, does not require or include a separate operating system.[11] Instead, it relies on the kernel's functionality and uses resource isolation (CPU, memory, block I/O, network, etc.) and separate namespaces to isolate the application's view of the operating system. Docker accesses the Linux kernel's virtualization features either directly using the libcontainer library, which is available since Docker 0.9, or indirectly via libvirt, LXC (Linux Containers) or systemd-nspawn.[10][13]

    By using containers, resources can be isolated, services restricted, and processes provisioned to have an almost completely private view of the operating system with their own process ID space, file system structure, and network interfaces. Multiple containers share the same kernel, but each container can be constrained to only use a defined amount of resources such as CPU, memory and I/O.

    Using Docker to create and manage containers may simplify the creation of highly distributed systems, by allowing multiple applications, worker tasks and other processes to run autonomously on a single physical machine or across multiple virtual machines. This allows the deployment of nodes to be performed as the resources become available or when more nodes are needed, allowing a platform as a service (PaaS)-style of deployment and scaling for systems like Apache Cassandra, MongoDB or Riak. Docker also simplifies the creation and operation of task or workload queues and other distributed systems.

     

     

      References

     

    1.0 Principles of Distributed Database Systems- ISBN-13: 978-1441988331

    2.0 Building Microservice- ISBN-13: 978-1491950357

     

     Note: This is a draft article- expect revisions.

  • E-commerce Solutions

     

    Ecommerce Solutions

     

    Electronic commerce, commonly known as E-commerce or e-commerce, is trading in products or services using computer networks, such as the Internet. Electronic commerce draws on technologies such as mobile commerce, electronic funds transfer, supply chain management, Internet marketing, online transaction processing, electronic data interchange (EDI), inventory management systems, and automated data collection systems. Modern electronic commerce typically uses the World Wide Web for at least one part of the transaction's life cycle, although it may also use other technologies such as e-mail.

     

     We utilize various open source e-comer Frameworks like Java based OFBIZ and PHP Based Magento and Open cart for e-commerce implementation.  Such solutions are well suited for SMB marketplace.

     

     In case you are thinking about e-commerce, we request you to contact us for details. Initial consultation is private, fee and without any obligation.

  • Enterprise Website & E-commerce Design

    Enterprise Website & E-commerce Design

     

    Enterprise Website & E-commerce Design

     content management system (CMS) is a computer application that allows publishingediting and modifying content, organizing, deleting as well as maintenance from a central interface.[4] Such systems of content management provide procedures to manage workflow in a collaborative environment.[5] These procedures can be manual steps or an automated cascade. CMSs have been available since the late 1990s.

     

  • How SSL Can Secure and Add Features to Your Joomla! Site

     

    How SSL Can Secure and Add Features to Your Joomla! Site

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    Joomla! takes security very seriously and is extremely proactive about fixing any issues that may arise. That doesn't mean that there isn't more you can do for your Joomla! website to protect it. Using SSL, you can enable a few features already built-in to Joomla! and protect from some easy exploits that may be taken against your site and users users. Better yet, SSL can be used for other features you may not even know about.

     

     How SSL Can Secure and Add Features to Your Joomla! Site

     

    Why you should be using SSL on your website

    SSL (or TLS as it’s newer revisions call it) is that little padlock that has appeared on webpages since Netscape 2.0 in 1996. While it’s commonly thought that SSL is only really needed on e-commerce, financial, or other similarly sensitive sites, the truth is that any site can benefit from the added security, including your Joomla! website. You don’t even need extra extensions, there are features built-in to Joomla! that you can take advantage right now to help your users, and especially yourself, be more protected.

     

    But, I don’t have anything special to protect

    Yes you do! One of the most valuable things on any website is the username and password for accessing the site. Even if you don’t have users that login to the Front-end of your site, surely, you log into the Administrator area. If you’re not using SSL, others can impersonate you in multiple ways and steal the ‘keys to castle’.

     

    So what’s at risk?

    When any user logs into your Joomla! site, their username and password are sent over the internet to your server. That part is obvious. What’s not obvious is that username and password can be intercepted anywhere along the way path from the users browser to a wireless router to the ISP to the server itself. While smaller sites are unlikely to be targeted, it's possible. More likely though, as the use of wireless networks at restaurants and coffee houses is pretty commonplace now, those credentials can be intercepted right out of the air before it even goes on the internet.

     

    What can someone do with credentials from my site?

    Well, if you’re an administrator, they can do anything they want. Additionally, for your users, password over-use is an extremely common problem. While you may not think credentials to your site are that valuable, they can be useful if the user for some crazy reason has the same username and password on a major retail site, hosting company, or other higher profile sites.

     

    How can SSL stop this?

    It’s amazingly simple, actually. In the Joomla! Login module, there’s a simple setting “Encrypt Login Data”. When you have an SSL certificate on your website, this setting will have the user’s browser encrypt their username and password before it’s sent over the internet to your server. That’s it!

     

     

    Session Cookies are vulnerable too

    With Joomla!, when a user logs into the Front-end or Back-end area of your website, a special session cookie is set in the browser to identify that user. That cookie is transmitted with every page load so that Joomla! knows the user that is viewing the page. That cookie then grants them the priveleges to do what any registered or administrator user can do.

    While the cookie is less of a threat as it will eventually expire, it’s still something that may be worth securing, depending on your site. By simply using SSL across your site, that cookie will be encrypted as well. Again, securing this aspect is as easy as changing the “Force SSL” setting in the Joomla! Global Configuration area. Simply set it to “Entire Site” or “Administrator Only”. If you have an SSL certificate, there’s no reason to select “None”, you should at least choose “Administrator Only” which will prevent your Back-end session cookie being taken, preventing access to the whole Administrator section of your site. 

     

    Really, is this even possible?

    In 2010, a Firefox addon named Firesheep was released which can automatically scan a wireless network to show and use any session cookies for popular sites like Facebook and Google. While there isn’t an easy addon specific to Joomla! sites, the possibility is still there.

     

    The drawbacks to SSL

    The biggest drawbacks of SSL are possible cost and performance. Depending on your hosting plan, an SSL certificate may cost anywhere from free to $150 / year. That cost all depends on if your host supplies a ‘free’ shared SSL certificate, lets you install your own from a 3rd party vendor (as low as $10-$20) or force you to buy one from them (up to $150).

    If the price is justifiable for your site, the only other thing to consider is that there is a slight performance hit. Since images, Javascript, CSS files and other content will be encrypted, the user’s browser won’t be able to cache these assets. That means more requests per page. While the impact should be minimal, depending on your hosting plan and traffic, it’s worth noting.

     

    Are there other features for SSL?

    Yes! The whole reason this article came about was because we received similar questions of “What else is SSL good for?” on our forums. For our Joomla! Facebook integration extension,JFBConnect, SSL is required for Facebook invitations to be sent and for Page Tab integration, to show parts of your website on your Facebook page. Since most sites don’t have SSL, we started presenting multiple reasons that it can beneficial to have an SSL certificate outside of just enhanced Facebook integration.

    There’s plenty of other reasons for SSL that you probably weren’t aware of, and hopefully now you a few good examples. Do you have any other ways that SSL can enhance features, functionality, or general security of a website you’d like to share? Post them in the comments below.

     

     

     Please contact us  regarding how you can apply lean IT principals to your Organization. One of Our engineers will be happy to discuss  your requirements.

     

  • Lean IT Solutions

    Lean IT Solutions 

    Lean IT solutions

     

     

    Lean IT is the extension of lean manufacturing and 

    lean services principles to the development and management of information technology (IT) products and services. Its central concern, applied in the context of IT, is the elimination of waste, where waste is work that adds no value to a product or service.

    Although lean principles are generally well established and have broad applicability, their extension from manufacturing to IT is only just emerging.[1] Indeed, Lean IT poses significant challenges for practitioners while raising the promise of no less significant benefits. And whereas Lean IT initiatives can be limited in scope and deliver results quickly, implementing Lean IT is a continuing and long-term process that may take years before lean principles become intrinsic to an organization’s culture.[2]

     

    As lean manufacturing has become more widely implemented, the extension of lean principles is beginning to spread to IT (and other service industries).[1] Industry analysts have identified many similarities or analogues between IT and manufacturing.[1][2] For example, whereas the manufacturing function manufactures goods of value to customers, the IT function “manufactures” business services of value to the parent organization and its customers. Similar to manufacturing, the development of business services entails resource management, demand management, quality control, security issues, and so on.[1]

    Moreover, the migration by businesses across virtually every industry sector towards greater use of online or e-business services suggests a likely intensified interest in Lean IT as the IT function becomes intrinsic to businesses’ primary activities of delivering value to their customers. Already, even today, IT’s role in business is substantial, often providing services that enable customers to discover, order, pay, and receive support. IT also provides enhanced employee productivity through software and communications technologies and allows suppliers to collaborate, deliver, and receive payment.

    Consultants and evangelists for Lean IT identify an abundance of waste across the business service “production line”, including legacy infrastructure and fractured processes.[2] By reducing waste through application of lean Enterprise IT Management (EITM) strategies, CIOs and CTOs in companies such as Tesco, Fujitsu Services, and TransUnion are driving IT from the confines of a back-office support function to a central role in delivering customer value.[1]

     

     

     Please contact us  regarding how you can apply lean IT principals to your organization. One of Our engineers will be happy to discuss  your requirements.

     

     

     References:

    1.0 Lean Six Sigma for Service- ASIN-  B000SEI4WO

    2.0 The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook- ASIN: B003O85BTK

  • Network Management Solutions

     Nagios Network Management Solutions

     

    Nagios is an open source computer system monitoringnetwork monitoring and infrastructure monitoringsoftware application. Nagios offers monitoring and alerting services for servers, switches, applications, and services. It alerts the users when things go wrong and alerts them a second time when the problem has been resolved.

     

  • Software Engineering Service

    Software Engineering Service

      

    Software Engineering

    Software engineering is the study and an application of engineering to the design, development, and maintenance of software.[1][2][3]

    Typical formal definitions of software engineering are:

    • "the application of a systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach to the development, operation, and maintenance of software";
    • "an engineering discipline that is concerned with all aspects of software production";
    • and "the establishment and use of sound engineering principles in order to economically obtain software that is reliable and works efficiently on real machines
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