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Tip Of the Day: Modifying and saving CSS with Google Chrome
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IBM Commerce Composer for WebSphere Commerce Demonstration
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Rest in peace Mail Rule Utilities!
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Tue, Feb 25th 2014 379
NBS Systems 2013 e-Commerce Benchmark – WebSphere Commerce still the leader!
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Top 5 reasons why NodeJS rocks!
Tue, Mar 11th 2014 244
Getting started quickly with Node.js and Express
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 240
Showtheifing, it’s coming to your store…
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 232
Youtility – helping actually sells in the end
Tue, Jan 28th 2014 228
What the heck is BlueMix and why do I care about it?
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Recent Blog Posts

Best site for online file (XML, JSON, HTML, SQL) formatting
Mon, Apr 21st 2014 8:10a   Bob Balfe
Do you ever need to format some encrypted, auto-generated XML, HTML, or JSON? Well, I do this a lot to debug compressed JSON, HTML, and XML files and I found this great site that not only does formatting for some basic … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: sql xml

Tip of The Day: Mobile Simulation With Chrome
Sat, Apr 19th 2014 2:30p   Bob Balfe
Quick Tip of the Day – don’t have a mobile device? Then use Chrome to test your responsive design on many kinds of devices! I have used this technique specifically to test what the site will actually look like on … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: mobile

Readers from around the world with the WordPress Stats Map
Sun, Apr 6th 2014 8:00a   Bob Balfe
One of the things I really love about WordPress is statistics feature it gives me for the where readers from my blog are coming from. This is the map from the WordPress.com site that shows a “heat map” of where … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Tip Of the Day: Modifying and saving CSS with Google Chrome
Fri, Apr 4th 2014 9:40a   Bob Balfe
This has really changed the way I work and doing mockups and proof of concepts. Check out the new Tip of Day video to see how you can edit the CSS for a website live using Google Chrome and the … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: css google

IBM Commerce Composer for WebSphere Commerce Demonstration
Thu, Apr 3rd 2014 11:40a   Bob Balfe
The one and only Marco Deluca from the IBM WebSphere Commerce development team walks you through the very cool Commerce Composer tool now included with WebSphere Commerce. [read] Keywords: ibm development websphere

IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2014: All Star Moments Challenge
Tue, Apr 1st 2014 7:50a   Bob Balfe
Starting at Pulse, IBM started doing an “App Throwdown” to encourage developers to create the “next cool” application based on IBM technology. IMPACT and now the Smarter Commerce Summit now have the same opportunity. The theme of this year’s conference … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm application


New Video: Integrating IBM Mobile Web Push and WebSphere Commerce
Sun, Mar 30th 2014 4:30p   Bob Balfe
Marketing people usually only have control over the layout of an eCommerce page and other things like pop-up advertisements or slide in advertisements are controlled by third party plug-ins. IBM Mobile Web Push integrates pretty easily with existing web sites … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm mobile websphere

The next big thing in customer loyalty is…
Fri, Mar 28th 2014 12:10p   Bob Balfe
I don’t often blog more than once a day, even write during the day for that matter but during lunch today I read this article and it got me thinking this really could be the next big thing in retail. … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Calling all Business Partners, Developers, Hackers, and Consultants alike!
Fri, Mar 28th 2014 8:30a   Bob Balfe
So this week I got the opportunity to create my first widget for the new WebSphere Commerce Composer in feature pack 7. I have to give big kudos to the documentation team and the InfoCenter because I followed the five … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: websphere widget

Top 5 reasons why you would want IBM Mobile Web Push on your web site
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 7:50a   Bob Balfe
Many marketing platforms offer advertisement placement within the layout of the web site. eCommerce solutions (like WebSphere Commerce) even offer powerful precision marketing engines to personalize content inside of widgets or espots within the layout of the page. I have … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm mobile websphere widgets

Playing with Final Cut Pro X and my new green screen
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 9:40a   Bob Balfe
I had the 30 day trial version of several different video authoring programs and I finally decided on Final Cut Pro X. It seemed to me by far the most comprehensive and feature rich tool and while the price was … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Understanding the widget framework in WebSphere Commerce Feature Pack 7
Mon, Mar 17th 2014 10:10a   Bob Balfe
I have recently spent some time reading the Info Center about the Commerce Composer Widget Architecture. Think of widgets as the building blocks to construct a page in your store front. Widgets are basically JSP snippets with a data JSPF … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: websphere widget widgets

Data Load Utility in WebSphere Commerce
Fri, Mar 14th 2014 2:40p   Bob Balfe
This is not a very sexy topic but I think it is important to many people who integrate WebSphere Commerce with other systems or do mass data loads. This video is not one of my normal videos in that I … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: websphere

New Video: CKEditor in WebSphere Commerce Introduction
Thu, Mar 13th 2014 5:50a   Bob Balfe
Content formatting for a website is probably one of the most important aspects of building a web site. The CKEditor, arguably one of the best rich text editors around, is now included in several places in the WebSphere Commerce tooling … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: rich text websphere

New BlueMix video list on YouTube
Wed, Mar 12th 2014 7:50a   Bob Balfe
For those that are interested in following or subscribing to videos on YouTube about BlueMix I have created a new public list called “BlueMix Videos“. [read] Keywords:

Top 5 reasons why NodeJS rocks!
Tue, Mar 11th 2014 11:20a   Bob Balfe
NodeJS has been around for almost five years and until recently it has been a focus point for geeks, pioneers, and chat programs. Recently it has been getting some amazing press from things like BlueMix and JazzHub and of course … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

What are the IBM WebSphere Commerce Validated Technology Partner Solutions?
Sun, Mar 9th 2014 8:30p   Bob Balfe
With the launch for Feature Pack 7 of WebSphere Commerce came a new Widget Framework (more on that in a later post) and with that framework came a list of technology partners who have contributions to the base product in … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm websphere widget

Cool game based on MQTT and NodeJS and deployed on Jazzhub, and BlueMix!
Fri, Mar 7th 2014 9:20a   Bob Balfe
Had a very short but cool discussion yesterday on Twitter with Ken Walker and Bryan Boyd about his game based on MQTT and JavaScript. The game is written with NodeJS and Ken deployed it on JazzHub and BlueMix! Check out … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: javascript twitter

Google Chrome Tip – Bookmarking multiple windows
Fri, Mar 7th 2014 7:00a   Bob Balfe
I have a lot of bookmarks and many times when I am working on a project or doing some of my own personal things I like to have a “workbench” of tabs open in Google Chrome. I use this both … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: google

The much anticipated Feature Pack 7 for WebSphere Commerce is here!
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 11:20a   Bob Balfe
Feature Pack 7, or FEP7, is probably the most ambitious delivery for the WebSphere Commerce team in the version 7 time. I heavily blogged and created videos for FEP5 and FEP6 which provided the stepping stone for the new IBM … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm websphere

Using IBM Web Mobile Push to turn anonymous into registered users
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 8:40a   Bob Balfe
In this blog post by Michael Bordash he shows how you can use IBM Web Mobile Push to turn the anonymous reader into a registered user. While this concept isn’t new, I think the simplicity of the IBM Web Mobile … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm mobile

What the heck is BlueMix and why do I care about it?
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 8:50a   Bob Balfe
Yesterday I had an article published on the IBM DeveloperWorks titled “Building a real-time marketing application with Node.js and IBM Mobile Web Push” and in the article I walk you through how to create and deploy an application using NodeJS … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm application mobile

IBM Mobile Web Push in 90 seconds – The Sports Ticker App – Part 2
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 6:00a   Bob Balfe
In this last video of the two part segment I show how I use the IBM Mobile Web Push in an application I am building by keying off of data feed events in the application and sending those events to the campaign … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm application mobile

Getting started with IBM Mobile Web Push – Mobile Messaging for marketing – Part 1
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 11:10a   Bob Balfe
In this first video I show how easy it is to go to the IBM cloud site and either buy or do a trial for the IBM Mobile Web Push platform. Once I get my free account I can use … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm mobile

Getting started quickly with Node.js and Express
Wed, Feb 12th 2014 9:35a   Bob Balfe
I was recently asked to look into building a sample application based on Node.js – more on that in another post. I only had a couple of days to figure this out and I am sure I didn’t do everything … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: application

Showtheifing, it’s coming to your store…
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 9:00p   Bob Balfe
This is classic in my opinion. I just read this article where Amazon will be “making it easier” for people “scan” brick and mortar products and have that product automatically be added to your Amazon cart. I say scan because … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Tough Mudder and Wounded Warrior Project!
Sat, Feb 8th 2014 7:20a   Bob Balfe
I just signed up for the Tough Mudder Upstate New York event (check out the video below). I figure I would motivate myself by looking at my old Marine pictures and even including one in this post from long ago, … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Youtility – helping actually sells in the end
Tue, Jan 28th 2014 8:30a   Bob Balfe
I just watched a video by the one and only Jay Baer about smart marketing and it reminds me of the videos I create for technology and more recently specifically about Smarter Commerce for marketing people. Since I have been … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Rest in peace Mail Rule Utilities!
Tue, Jan 28th 2014 6:30a   Bob Balfe
Five years ago I posted an open source utility called “Mail Rule Utilities” on OpenNTF. I designed this utility when I was on the Lotus product development team. The primary function of the utility was to be able to run … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: lotus development openntf

The most impressive demonstration at NRF 2014
Fri, Jan 17th 2014 11:20a   Bob Balfe
I will admit that I did not see every demonstration or product at NRF and while the Intel booth had some great technology, I think the Watson + Fluid + Northface demonstration was the best.  It was the best for a couple … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Synchronized Shopping with Actv8.me, very cool indeed!
Thu, Jan 16th 2014 8:20a   Bob Balfe
One of the coolest products I saw at NRF 2014 was the synchronized shopping experience that Actv8.me showed. As you can see in the picture below, the application on the mobile device synchronizes with what is on your television and … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: application mobile

The Coca-Cola zone at NRF rocks!
Tue, Jan 14th 2014 1:30p   Bob Balfe
Free sodas, nice leather chairs to sit, ping pong, basketball and more. [read] Keywords:

Images from NRF 2014
Mon, Jan 13th 2014 8:00p   Bob Balfe
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Want to see the next coolest features in WebSphere Commerce?
Sun, Jan 12th 2014 7:30p   Bob Balfe
Visit IBM at NRF Big Show Booth #1818 in the next two days! The WebSphere Commerce programming model is being enhanced with re-usable widget technology. When Feature Pack 7 ships it will include an ecosystem of pre-integrated Partner solutions. Come by … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm websphere widget

Rubber duck debugging or Rubber Ducking, meet Captain Crunch!
Fri, Jan 10th 2014 7:21a   Bob Balfe
How many of you do “rubber ducking“? How many even know what it is? Rubber duck debugging, rubber ducking, and the rubber duckie test are informal terms used in software engineering to refer to a method of debugging code. The name is a reference to a story in … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Why you should visit IBM at NRF
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 8:10a   Bob Balfe
2013 was a great year for IBM in the retail and eCommerce space. In case you missed some of the analysts press releases over the past year, outside of me being there, here are a few more reasons why you … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm

The entire CoreMedia and WebSphere Commerce video series
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 7:40a   Bob Balfe
I created a play list for the CoreMedia and WebSphere Commerce video series on YouTube. This way you can binge on these videos in the order they were created. Granted it is no Lord of the Rings series but it … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: websphere

CoreMedia – Combining content and product search results
Thu, Jan 9th 2014 7:00a   Bob Balfe
In this video I close the CoreMedia video series with a customer facing scenario where I show how you can combine content from the CoreMedia system with product results from WebSphere Commerce. You can learn more about CoreMedia and their LiveContext for … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: websphere

My new office mate
Wed, Jan 8th 2014 1:30p   Bob Balfe
To mark this cold winter I figured I would post something about it. To save money this winter we have been keeping the temperature at 65 degrees Celsius. It has saved a lot of money but since I work from … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: office

Meet the CoreMedia team at NRF next week!
Tue, Jan 7th 2014 5:30a   Bob Balfe
Retails big conference (NRF) is less than a week away. Make sure you get on the CoreMedia demo room schedule to see what’s coming this year. CoreMedia is pleased to collaborate with the IBM team in showcasing state of the … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm

Setting up Tiered Promotions In WebSphere Commerce
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 1:20p   Bob Balfe
In this demonstration I show how easy it is to setup a tiered promotion in WebSphere Commerce. I schedule the promotion to be active on December 25th and then use the site preview functionality to test the site on that … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: websphere

New video: Testing your site on mobile devices
Sun, Jan 5th 2014 8:43p   Bob Balfe
In this video I show how you can use the CoreMedia studio to test your site across different resolutions – specifically mobile devices like tablet (landscape and portrait) and mobile phones (landscape and portrait). You can learn more about CoreMedia and their … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: mobile

Major Apple mess up: This computer is already associated with an Apple ID
Fri, Jan 3rd 2014 7:10p   Bob Balfe
Over the summer, as most of you know, I bought a pretty supped up iMac – which until now I have loved. I have five accounts (kids, wife, etc) on the iMac which includes mine. I purchased the iMac with … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: apple

Objective-C and Opening files in your iOS application from mail
Sat, Dec 21st 2013 6:50a   Bob Balfe
I have been coding on my iMac for a bit now to learn objective-c (which I am seriously still a newb at, it’s like me writing a term paper in German). Well, anyway, I have started to gather some tips … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: application

Peeking interest with a picture, mastering Tumblr
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 6:50a   Bob Balfe
In the past few months I have been automatically posting my blog articles to Tumblr. I started using Tumblr a few months ago pretty actively to read other blog posts solely based on their picture – I am very visual … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

This is a voice dictated blog post
Fri, Dec 20th 2013 6:20a   Bob Balfe
I am using my Mac voice recognition to type this blog post. While I think this technology is pretty cool, correcting mistakes still requires the mouse and keyboard. I am very surprised the technology works with my voice with no … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: mac

Top 20 posts on this blog in 2013: SEO stands out!
Thu, Dec 19th 2013 6:20a   Bob Balfe
Similar to all years, the Home Page was king on this site. However, I would like to point out a new contender among the posts – “Why do you favorite a tweet?“. This was posted earlier this year in April … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Top 20 Locations where my blog has been read in 2013
Wed, Dec 18th 2013 2:20p   Bob Balfe
Wrapping up my year in blogging, the next stat is “where” my blog is read. It always amazes me that I can see what readers in other countries visit my blog. I am heavily read in the United States, and … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: blogging

Enhancing your brand experience with digital wallets
Wed, Dec 18th 2013 7:30a   Bob Balfe
Why do companies still send out coupons through snail mail? In this day and age where most people don’t even carry cash, wouldn’t it be nice to not have to bring coupons with you shopping?  How about going up to … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Rewarding customers with stackable promotions
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 5:20a   Bob Balfe
Some stores do this but I have not seen a lot of online stores that do this today and I really don’t understand why they don’t. The closest thing I have experienced to “stacking promotions” is the use of a … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Weaving products and marketing material together with CoreMedia
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 8:40a   Bob Balfe
In this next video in the CoreMedia integration with WebSphere Commerce I show how easy it is to place marketing content with products on a landing page. This concept enhances the overall brand experience for our customer, creating a pleasing … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: integration websphere

Top 20 videos on my YouTube channel in 2013
Mon, Dec 16th 2013 6:40a   Bob Balfe
Compared to last year, my YouTube channel received 4,000 more views this year. With a total of 22,432 views I think I can say it was a pretty good year so thank you for watching! I learned a lot this year … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Top 20 Search terms to this blog in 2013, Content is KING!
Sun, Dec 15th 2013 6:50a   Bob Balfe
Search terms are words readers put into Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc and get directed to your site. This is also a good indicator for what your site is “known for” on the internet. When you create content and people search … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: google

Top 20 Referrers for this blog in 2013, Search engines rule the roost!
Sat, Dec 14th 2013 7:00a   Bob Balfe
To continue the top lists for 2013 this one is all about referrals. A referral is a site where they reference my blog and their readers click the link to here. It could also be a comment I made on … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Top 20 clicks on this blog for 2013 – did your content make the list?
Fri, Dec 13th 2013 7:00a   Bob Balfe
Every year I like to wrap up my blog with some stats. This year I am starting with “Clicks“. Clicks are any link you, the reader, has clicked on and is then tracked in my stats database. It also means … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: database

YouTubes Automatic Closed Caption is pretty funny
Wed, Dec 11th 2013 8:10a   Bob Balfe
In a recent discussion with Ben Langhinrichs on Facebook about closed captions on our YouTube videos I decided to look into it. Ben also produced a video on how to put custom closed captions in your videos, you can check that video … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: facebook

CoreMedia Part IV – Scheduling our promotion banner
Sun, Dec 8th 2013 4:10p   Bob Balfe
We continue our video series for the CoreMedia integration with WebSphere Commerce. In this video I show how you can place the previously created Kids Promotion Banner on our home page and then schedule it to show during the month … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: integration websphere

Xtify: Measuring my campaigns performance
Fri, Dec 6th 2013 10:10p   Bob Balfe
I have been running the Xtify reactor on my blog now for a few weeks. I have already seen a couple of the campaigns working well. For instance, the “Subscribe to my blog” message has received many clicks and a … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Creating a banner with CoreMedia Content Management System
Wed, Dec 4th 2013 7:10a   Bob Balfe
In this next video in the series, I show how easy it is to create a banner using CoreMedia. CoreMedia allows you to define the proper cropping for the different aspect ratios the banner could be displayed in. I also … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

iMessage on my Mac stopped working and I fixed it with this…
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 7:40a   Bob Balfe
Can you tell I am on vacation with three blog posts in less than 24 hours? Anyway, this problem has gone on for about a week for me and since I am on vacation I decided to solve it. After … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: mac

Getting and setting check boxes with jQuery
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 6:40a   Bob Balfe
Getting and setting check boxes in jQuery is a lot easier than setting radio buttons and we can thank the “prop” function for that. Here is the HTML, notice each check box has its own Id, that is the key … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

CKEditor comes to the Eclipse platform!
Mon, Nov 25th 2013 8:33p   Bob Balfe
I am not sure if this is the first time the CKEditor has been ported to the Eclipse platform but today I noticed on the Eclipse.org marketplace site there is a new plugin for editing HTML files using the CKEditor. This … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: eclipse

Coremedia Part 2 – Image maps and site style!
Mon, Nov 25th 2013 6:03a   Bob Balfe
In this video I continue the kids micro-site story and I demonstrate how easy it is to construct image maps with Coremedia. We are going to create a new banner that has mouse over popups (image map) of products in … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Xtify is now running on my blog!
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 9:30a   Bob Balfe
So I am playing around with Xtify and I pretty impressed with this technology and I am even more impressed with management of the messages/alerts. Don’t know what Xtify is? Watch the video at the end of this blog post. … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

What do you think of YouTube channel trailers?
Thu, Nov 21st 2013 6:40a   Bob Balfe
I had a channel trailer on my Youtube channel for a while and I actually found it annoying. I don’t like click on a link or a page and immediately launching into a video with sound. It is similar to … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

New video showing Coremedia Content Management with WebSphere Commerce – eSpots!
Wed, Nov 20th 2013 7:10a   Bob Balfe
Content management is a big deal in the online commerce space. Having the right tools and techniques along with the right underlying technology can enable your marketing team to create an amazing experience for your customers. This is the first … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: websphere

Integrating IBM Digital Analytics and Product Recommendations with WebSphere Commerce
Mon, Nov 18th 2013 6:20a   Bob Balfe
In this video I show how Digital Analytics Product Recommendations is integrated with WebSphere Commerce. Using eSpots and a simple web activity I show how configured Digital Analytics Zones can be configured to pass back product recommendations to WebSphere Commerce. … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm websphere

Competitors stealing or reacting to your prices? Then you need to check this out…
Fri, Nov 15th 2013 8:30a   Bob Balfe
The folks over at Lokad have just released BotDefender, a utility that protects your store from the automated retrieval of your prices by competitors. I was able to ask the company some pretty pointed questions as I was skeptical of … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Transform, Scale, Zoom, and more: across browsers
Tue, Nov 12th 2013 8:40a   Bob Balfe
In the process of creating an internal tool for my team I found that trying to zoom an image and move it around was not as simply as a single “zoom” CSS attribute. While Chrome supports “zoom” and it works … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: css

My favorite OS X Mavericks feature!
Tue, Oct 29th 2013 6:30a   Bob Balfe
I did this all the time mixing Google Maps and sending the address to my phone – which I always thought how dumb that was considering everything else was synchronized so nicely between my Mac and iPhone. The new feature … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: google iphone mac

Add Google Map like grab and scroll to your web site with jQuery
Mon, Oct 28th 2013 11:20a   Bob Balfe
Have you ever wanted to scroll a zoomed-in image around like Google Maps does? Then this plugin is for you! Working on an internal project I found this very easy to implement plugin for jQuery called jqeury-scrollview. I implemented it … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: google

A great advertisement example!
Thu, Oct 24th 2013 2:40p   Bob Balfe
How cool is this? I went on to the New York Times site and Ralph Lauren has a very cool multi-place advertisement for their The Dog Walk campaign that is a seamlessly connected video. The video is blurry because I … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

BlogDash – A pretty cool blogging service
Fri, Oct 11th 2013 8:30a   Bob Balfe
Out of blogging ideas? Can’t seem to figure out what to write next? Well if you are a niche blogger you may want to check out BlogDash. The service is essentially a list of bloggers categorized for companies to reach … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: blogger blogging

Debug JavaScript and HTML in a UIWebView on an iOS Device
Thu, Oct 10th 2013 10:50a   Bob Balfe
I got my first Mac over the summer and have been playing around writing applications for iPhone and iPad. Being very new to the Mac I am constantly using Google to find tips, tricks, and “how to” articles. And of … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: applications google iphone javascript mac

Adding image zoom to Aurora (WebSphere Commerce) Part 2
Mon, Oct 7th 2013 11:10a   Bob Balfe
Earlier this year I posted an article (Using Dynamic Drive’s Image Zoomer in WebSphere Commerce) but I didn’t complete it. Meaning, if you selected a new swatch color the large zoom image did not change to the new color. This … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: websphere

Want to know about Tealeaf integration with WebSphere Commerce?
Fri, Sep 27th 2013 9:30a   Bob Balfe
Look no further than the IBM Education Assistant! This video shows how Tealeaf is integrated with WebSphere Commerce Feature Pack 6. [read] Keywords: ibm integration websphere

Eclipse and Java in schools oh my!
Thu, Sep 26th 2013 7:00a   Bob Balfe
Have you ever had your child come to you with school work and feel like, “wow, I have no idea how to do that” or you have to read the chapter to remember how to do something? Well for the … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: eclipse java

Responsive themes for WordPress, mobile, and JetPack
Wed, Sep 25th 2013 11:00a   Bob Balfe
A while ago I switched to the Twenty Eleven theme and more recently I started using the JetPack mobile theme so my site looks very different in a mobile web browser. You can test my blog in your desktop browser … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: desktop mobile

Properly extending Management Center in WebSphere Commerce
Wed, Sep 25th 2013 7:10a   Bob Balfe
Management Center is the easy to use business user tooling and is usually the primary tool you see in my YouTube videos. Extending WebSphere Commerce and its tooling is structured in a way in which upgrades are seamless. If you … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: websphere

Update on iOS Siri security flaw
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 3:10p   Bob Balfe
So my phone has the IBM account settings on it which disables the use of Siri on a fully locked phone. My wife’s phone, which is running iOS 6, doesn’t even have a setting to disable Siri when the phone … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm security

Major security flaw in iOS7 with Siri!
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 1:30p   Bob Balfe
I actually just tried this and it in fact is a clear bug with Siri. Now anyone who gets a hold of my phone can post bad things on my behalf! The one difference here is if you have a … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: bug security

Check out this very cool art
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 8:30a   Bob Balfe
My step daughter just started posting her art into products online. She is very talented and is looking to pursue Art in college. Check out her work and help support her! [read] Keywords:

iOS7 update – one good and one really bad change
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 7:00a   Bob Balfe
I have been using the iOS 7 update for a few days now and outside of the total change in color scheme (which I am not completely sold on yet) there are two things that I have noticed to be … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

10 Essential Things Your E-Commerce Site Should Have
Tue, Sep 17th 2013 12:10p   Bob Balfe
Had to save this one on my blog, great post! 10 Essential Things Your E-Commerce Site Should Have.   [read] Keywords:

IDC puts IBM leader in content management…again!
Tue, Sep 17th 2013 10:00a   Bob Balfe
The leader board remained unchanged from 2011. IBM continued to dominate, followed by OpenText, EMC, Microsoft, Oracle, and HP-Autonomy. The content management market remains fairly consolidated: As was the case last year, the top 3 vendors accounted for a little … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: ibm microsoft oracle

Promotions and Promotion Codes in WebSphere Commerce
Tue, Sep 17th 2013 7:10a   Bob Balfe
In this video I show how you can create a promotion that requires a promotion code. The business user tooling generates the codes for you based on prefix and suffix criteria you provide. I then show how the codes can … Continue reading → [read] Keywords: websphere

MAXCDN is now active!
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 1:30p   Bob Balfe
It will be interesting to hear if any of my readers abroad see a performance difference with my site. I just subscribed to MAXCDN and it already appears to be much faster. My hosting service is out of California so … Continue reading → [read] Keywords:

Will corporations move to fingerprint reading on devices for authentication?
Fri, Sep 13th 2013 7:20a   Bob Balfe
With the launch of the new iPhone 5s I am sure many IT security people are working to figure out whether or not to support fingerprints to get access to the device. My company has a pretty stringent password policy for my mobile devices and most of my friends and family make fun of me having to enter such a long password every five minutes.  I would love nothing more than to move to a fingerprint reader, however, I have some reservations about the technology. This is clearly the way to go in my [read] Keywords: apple iphone mobile password security

Coremetrics integration with WebSphere Commerce
Thu, Sep 12th 2013 1:00p   Bob Balfe
In this video I show how Coremetrics is integrated with the WebSphere Commerce business user tooling. I also show some of the out of the box reports specifically designed for a WebSphere Commerce site. [read] Keywords: integration websphere

What do you think of cinematic merchandising?
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 10:20a   Bob Balfe
A colleague pointed me to this site (thanks Zach). I think this is the future of marketing on eCommerce sites. Well done Mack Weldon! What do you think? [read] Keywords:

New Video: Dynamic Merchandising with Custom Category Page Layout
Tue, Aug 27th 2013 12:50p   Bob Balfe
In this video I show how you can use template page layouts to give a custom experience for a book store that sells books for University classes. The video shows how you can have “landing pages” for courses to show the instructors picture, name, and biography along with the course description. Then, instead of using a regular product listing, I use merchandising attributes to put course material and optional course material into two different eSpots. You can imagine the page could hav [read] Keywords:

IBM SupportTV – A great source of information for IBM products
Tue, Aug 27th 2013 6:20a   Bob Balfe
I received my weekly email from YouTube stating I would be interested in this channel called IBM SupportTV and the video was for IBM Extensions for Memory Analyzer to debug out of memory issues so I decided to check it out. First off, I had no idea an IBM SupportTV channel even existed! I watched a couple of videos and I really like them. They are very similar to the way I do my videos on my channel. The channel looks like it spans a lot of different topics – BPM, WebSphere, Mobile Develo [read] Keywords: ibm development email javascript mobile websphere

Coremedia plus WebSphere Commerce – an excellent integration story
Tue, Aug 20th 2013 11:20a   Bob Balfe
I happen to be engaged with a customer where we will be teaming up with Coremedia for some pretty amazing content management integration with WebSphere Commerce. Coremedia has been around for over 15 years and has a pretty large presence in Europe. Based out of Germany, Coremedia is starting to make grounds in the United States – see the video below for more information on that and make sure you check out their WebSphere Commerce page on their site for some key differentiation they bring t [read] Keywords: ibm email integration linkedin twitter websphere

NBS Systems 2013 e-Commerce Benchmark – WebSphere Commerce still the leader!
Thu, Aug 1st 2013 9:10a   Bob Balfe
This is an excellent analysis of the various eCommerce systems in the market today. I only viewed the shortened free version which I found extremely comprehensive and much better than the Forrester and Gartner reports – so great job NBS Systems! What is also interesting is NBS Systems actually does hosting for Magento and Hybris implementations. I really like the “Turnover to consider solution” benchmark because this really is the struggle trying to convince a company to come [read] Keywords: interface oracle websphere

Recommend Promotions 101 in WebSphere Commerce
Wed, Jul 31st 2013 9:40a   Bob Balfe
One of the most challenging parts of a commerce site is having the technology to tie the front end advertisements to the back-end promotion engine. For instance, you don’t want to show an advertisement for 15% off an item or items in a category when the promotion is not applicable or not even valid at that time. In this video I show how you can tie promotions and web content together on your WebSphere Commerce site to insure the advertisements are only visible when the promotion is availab [read] Keywords: websphere

Awesome product marketing tool for WebSphere Commerce
Tue, Jul 30th 2013 8:50a   Bob Balfe
Zobrist Inc. has a very cool add-on to the WebSphere Commerce tooling that allows merchandisers to visually re-arrange products in a category and instantly see other things like available inventory levels. The user interface is extremely intuitive, check out the video below to see it in action. [read] Keywords: interface twitter websphere

Three cool examples of dynamic segment rules in WebSphere Commerce
Mon, Jul 29th 2013 7:23a   Bob Balfe
I have blogged about dynamic segments in WebSphere Commerce a few times because I think they are extremely powerful and allow marketing to do all kinds of very cool things to make their site more interesting to a buyer. The InfoCenter has a really good page with three great examples for how the rules for dynamic segments can be constructed. Remember, this is in the Management Center and these flows are constructed with basic drag and drop gestures. In the first example you want to categorize yo [read] Keywords: ibm websphere

Adding the Pinterest “Pin it” button to WebSphere Commerce
Wed, Jul 24th 2013 12:50p   Bob Balfe
With social media becoming more and more popular many sites offer a “Pin it” button for their products to be posted on Pinterest. If you are working in WebSphere Commerce and modifying the Aurora storefront, here is a quick snippet of code you can put into the ProductDisplay.jsp to enable this functionality. First thing to do is define the variables that will hold the image URL. I actually stole this code from the product display widget and modified it a little to construct a full U [read] Keywords: facebook integration websphere widget workspace

Leaders For Life International – a camp every teenager should attend
Fri, Jul 12th 2013 2:00p   Bob Balfe
I had the pleasure of going to the end of camp ceremony today for my daughter and I must say I was totally impressed with the outcome of this six-day camp. Leaders for Life International empowers teens entering grades 9-12 to fulfill dreams and achieve success. – link The camp has two locations, one at the YMCA in Colorado and one at Hamilton College in Clinton NY. It was amazing to hear how many kids absolutely did not want to go and at the end of the week how the camp literally changed [read] Keywords:

What is the one word that defines you?
Thu, Jul 11th 2013 9:20a   Bob Balfe
The other day I read this very interesting article by Dharmesh Shah, the Founder and CTO at HubSpot. I found the article interesting because any time I am in a situation and asked or told about another professional I hear the same old descriptions – which in the end mean nothing to me. I am going to start using some of the words Dharmesh identified in this article to start describing the people I know. Of course this also opens the door for argument because the word only has meaning in th [read] Keywords: linkedin profile

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