Selecting CSS Framework-Twitter Bootstrap, Zurb Foundation or Semantic

So I have finally woken up from my slumber, with a post whose context & technology space is a bit unorthodox from my blog Smile. But that’s natural, given that for almost a year now, I  have involved in developing my eCommerce Platform smartStores – a scalable and robust eCommerce Platform that will be offered to customers in a SaaS model. As part of this exercise, I’ve has the opportunity to play around with several CSS frameworks that I could adopt for smartStores.

That said, back to the blog topic – CSS Frameworks are the basic building blocks that one should adopt web development and so did I. It not only offers cross browser compatibility, a Grid System, support for Responsive Web Design, but also simplifies and speeds up the development process. There are several CSS frameworks that are available in the market, but the ones that made it to my final shortlist include Semantic, Twitter Bootstrap and Zurb Foundation. This by no means implies that others are not as great; it’s just that these made it to my shortlist based on my specific requirements. 

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TerminalFour Site Manger Review


Vendor History

TerminalFour was founded in 1996 by the then-Dublin City University student Piero Tintori. What started off as a few one-off projects in Ireland gradually developed into solution that is now known as Site Manager. This development was done in collaboration with two of TerminalFour’s customers.
With the initial focus on the Healthcare sector, TerminalFour soon found it’s nice in the Higher Education (#1 in Ireland and UK) and Public Sector eGovernment (#1 in Ireland). TerminalFour has now started penetrating in finance and retail sector too. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland; TerminalFour had expanded to Europe, North America, the Middle-East and Australia, TerminalFour is headquartered in Ireland with offices in Slough, Berkshire (UK); Sydney, Australia and Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA).
An aggressive marketer, the company targets customers of WCM tool (like RedDot, Vignette, and Interwoven) which have acquired by other vendors; and claims to generate a significant part of its revenues (over 50%) from these migrations projects.

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A busy week with eRetail in India

Last week was pretty busy for me!!

There’s a lot that happened in the India eRetail (refers to eCommerce in Retail ) and I was trying to keep pace with it. I first attend the Indian eRetail Congress 2012 – a two day seminar organized by Franchise India; and then the Delhi Retail Summit 2012 organized by Retail Association of India. Interestingly both these events where organized for the first time by the respective organizers and both focused on educating retailers about eCommerce trends in the Indian Retail industry.

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It is boom time for eCommerce in India,,,, are just some of the few ecommerce storefronts that have spun off in the recently part. Targeted for the Indian consumer, these ecommerce portals have not only made it big for their young entrepreneur but have also set the stage for the broader acceptance of eCommerce in the India market.

The Indian ecommerce growth that was only a speculation till very recently, is now an established fact. eCommerce is rapidly gaining acceptance amongst the Indian consumer and will only grow from here on giving way to a multibillion dollar market potential. Entrance of global giant like Amazon, Expedia into the Indian ecommerce marketplace is just another testimony to this potential – Amazon is expected to start its India operation sometime this year.

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eCommerce Scenario–guide to the overall eCommerce landscape

eCommerce implementation are complex and each implementation has it’s own uniqueness. That said, like any other technology stack implementation, these implementation too can be broadly classified based on commonalities that exist amongst them. These commonalities are based on the scenarios that these implementation cater to and can be looked at from various perspectives like the scale of implementation, target audience, market needs, distinguishing feature sets and so on.

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Hybris Multi-Channel Suite – a quick review

Recognized for its multi-channel ecommerce offering and a flexible architecture, Hybris poses a strong competition to IBM and Oracle (ATG) in the enterprise eCommerce software space. Hybris Multi-Channel Suite offers to build a consistent customer experience across multiple channels like online web storefront, mobile storefront, print, brick & mortar stores, customer services call center and social media. Continue reading

Joomla! 2.5 launched – a smarter and database agnostic CMS

Joomla, one of the leading Open Source CMS, today launched Joomla! 2.5. Keep in mind that this is a new release of the Joomla! CMS layer and is based on Joomla! Platform 11.4. Just to refresh your memory, with Joomla! 1.7 Joomla! Platform (formerly known as “framework”) was separated from the higher-level CMS layer.

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Will WEMI achieve what JCR, CMIS & JSR 168 didn’t ?

I guess most of  you would agree with me when I say that the portal marketplace has pretty much matured – most portals vendors offer significantly similar features, and all the probable acquisitions have already taken place.
On the other hand, one of Portal’s complementary marketplaces has probably just hit puberty – Web Content Management (WCM). The WCM marketplace is  fast innovating and evolving into Web Experience Management (WEM) offerings. The WCM marketplace is also witnessing some significant  consolidations amongst large players in the space, in addition to the emergence of a large number for new and niche WCM players – both with open source as well as commercial offerings. While this adds a lot of excitement in the marketplace, this marketplace evolution posses several challenges for it’s customers. The most common one being The Product Selection – weather to continue with the current selection or switch to another product.

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Do all roads for eBay lead to X.commerce ?

eBay was one of the most notable successes during the dot com boom. One of the reason being that eBay offered an enormous opportunity to individuals and small merchants by opening up the huge online marketplace from them. That said the large merchants or enterprises typically stayed away from this model cause of their individual capacity to implement their own eCommerce portals.

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