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Should Facebook and other social sites implement a “graphic content” warning before auto-playing videos?
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Adobe, Coremedia, and WebSphere Commerce
Tue, Aug 25th 2015 412
Quickly minimize all other windows with this simple shake gesture
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 21
My first reaction to the React JavaScript Library
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 14
Every eCommerce site should have this one simple feature
Thu, Jul 23rd 2015 20
Will the “Buy It” button be the dominant shopping e-channel in the future?
Wed, Jul 22nd 2015 16
WebSphere Commerce Support Tools now on BlueMix
Wed, Jul 22nd 2015 19
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Adobe, Coremedia, and WebSphere Commerce
Tue, Aug 25th 2015 412
Should Facebook and other social sites implement a “graphic content” warning before auto-playing videos?
Wed, Aug 26th 2015 106
Quickly minimize all other windows with this simple shake gesture
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 21
Every eCommerce site should have this one simple feature
Thu, Jul 23rd 2015 20
WebSphere Commerce Support Tools now on BlueMix
Wed, Jul 22nd 2015 19
Will the “Buy It” button be the dominant shopping e-channel in the future?
Wed, Jul 22nd 2015 16
Understanding the widget framework in WebSphere Commerce Feature Pack 7
Mon, Mar 17th 2014 15
Integrating IBM (Unica) Interact with WebSphere Commerce Part 1
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 15
It’s a Christmas Miracle! Softlayer enables business partners to create integrations in a snap
Fri, Dec 19th 2014 15
Responsive design and WebSphere Commerce
Thu, Jan 22nd 2015 15


Bob Balfe
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Should Facebook and other social sites implement a “graphic content” warning before auto-playing videos?
Wed, Aug 26th 2015 12:50p   Bob Balfe
After the barrage of posts about the live shooting of the news anchor and her camera man and watching videos of the shooting it made me think of a feature Facebook and other social media should consider having. There is … Continue reading →
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Adobe, Coremedia, and WebSphere Commerce
Tue, Aug 25th 2015 2:48p   Bob Balfe
Ever since Adobe and IBM announced their partnership, many have been asking “well which CMS should I pick?”. I am not going to cover Portal or WebSphere Content Management in this post, I am just going to stick with the … Continue reading →
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Quickly minimize all other windows with this simple shake gesture
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 3:15p   Bob Balfe
Ok, so I was actually creating another video and I was trying to highlight a window by quickly dragging it around and all the other windows disappeared! So then I did some searching around and its a feature of Windows … Continue reading →
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My first reaction to the React JavaScript Library
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 7:18a   Bob Balfe
Ok, I may be a little late to the game but recently I have been studying up on Facebooks/Instagrams React JavaScript library and I have to say I am fairly impressed with it. They say it is the V in MVC (model view … Continue reading →
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Every eCommerce site should have this one simple feature
Thu, Jul 23rd 2015 6:44a   Bob Balfe
I really don’t see this often and I have written here about being notified when inventory on a specific product is available for purchase. Well, today I saw an advertisement on Facebook (these guys are getting good) and decided to … Continue reading →
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Will the “Buy It” button be the dominant shopping e-channel in the future?
Wed, Jul 22nd 2015 11:35a   Bob Balfe
I have posted about Actv8.me in the past and now with the introduction of Pinterest’s “Buy It” button we are seeing a huge movement into the this new digital shopping experience. Shoppers now have the ability to use different kinds … Continue reading →
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WebSphere Commerce Support Tools now on BlueMix
Wed, Jul 22nd 2015 10:58a   Bob Balfe
This looks very promising indeed. The new WebSphere Commerce Support Tools are now available on BlueMix.
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Base JavaScript versus jQuery example – Driving a DOM selector
Thu, Jun 11th 2015 11:33a   Bob Balfe
One of the things a good web programmer should be able to do is write code using multiple libraries. In this case I have created two snippets that show how to select an HTML on a page using both bare-bones … Continue reading →
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Did you know about the Adobe Experience Manager to IBM WebSphere Commerce Connector?
Tue, Jun 9th 2015 12:08p   Bob Balfe
Have you seen this cool new connector for Adobe Experience Manager and IBM WebSphere Commerce? Click the picture below to see more.
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Finding every possible combination of array entries from multiple lists with unknown bounds in Java
Mon, Jun 8th 2015 9:22a   Bob Balfe
I am sure this post will resonate with pretty much any developer that reads it. Have you ever had a problem where you had to really step back and think about for a long time? A problem where the wealth … Continue reading →
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Eclipse and SWT to the rescue
Fri, Jun 5th 2015 3:10p   Bob Balfe
For the past week or so I have been able to do some Eclipse and SWT programming. I have a tool here for technical sellers written in Java and what has been requested for a couple of years is a … Continue reading →
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Learn about Smarter Loyalty for IBM Commerce
Tue, May 19th 2015 11:56a   Bob Balfe
The team over at Exchange Solutions have really out done themselves this time. Their Smarter Loyalty plugins for WebSphere Commerce are clean and easy to use. They have created seven easy to use widgets that can be placed on page … Continue reading →
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Two cool product integrations I saw at Amplify
Mon, May 18th 2015 10:52a   Bob Balfe
We had an amazing time at Amplify this year. The IBM Commerce Showcase was pretty busy despite the poor location of the solution center room. We captured some great analytics for the demo use; where customers could use the IBM … Continue reading →
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Get hands-on at Amplify!
Thu, Apr 30th 2015 3:03p   Bob Balfe
This year we will have some hands on tutorials which take anywhere from 3-6 minutes to complete at Amplify. Check out below some of the cool features you can play with live in the IBM Commerce tooling. Some key things … Continue reading →
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Responsive and Adaptive Web Sites win!
Fri, Apr 24th 2015 1:35p   Bob Balfe
In the past, companies were faced with two primary models for a web site design: Responsive or Adaptive design with a single source A separate “m.” sub domain for the mobile version of the site As Google promised back in … Continue reading →
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Should out of stock be the end game for the shopper?
Thu, Mar 26th 2015 12:20p   Bob Balfe
With today’s order management solutions and insight into inventory and warehouse management it still surprises me that stores don’t have a way for a shopper to order out of stock items. Instead of just preventing the order from happening why not … Continue reading →
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Image optimization delivery with Trilibis SNOW IO
Sun, Mar 22nd 2015 5:32p   Bob Balfe
Optimized image delivery has been around for a long time and one open source technology that has provided this to thousands of sites in WordPress is ImageMagick. I have been a huge fan of ImageMagick because it’s so darn simple … Continue reading →
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3 new videos about IBM Commerce!
Thu, Mar 12th 2015 9:35a   Bob Balfe
You may have missed this but three videos were published last month by IBM Think Academy covering three different topics in the IBM Commerce space: Insights, Personalization, and Fulfillment.
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Big Win for CoreMedia LiveContext
Mon, Feb 2nd 2015 9:14a   Bob Balfe
Regular readers of my blog know that I?m a fan of CoreMedia and the impressive content management integration that they have developed with WebSphere Commerce. They launched the product last year at the Smarter Commerce Global Summit in Tampa and … Continue reading →
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Stay up to date with the Commerce Validated Technology Partner Solutions Feed!
Mon, Jan 26th 2015 4:48p   Bob Balfe
I got this feed URL passed on to me by a colleague and if you use an RSS or Atom feed reader then this is right up your alley. You can view the feed in your favorite reader or even … Continue reading →
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Tip of the day: How effective is your tweet?
Sat, Jan 24th 2015 7:10a   Bob Balfe
There are a lot of tools out there that help you measure how effective a tweet is doing. Did you know Twitter added a nice analytic package for your tweets? Last year Twitter launched a new page where you can measure … Continue reading →
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Responsive design and WebSphere Commerce
Thu, Jan 22nd 2015 7:30p   Bob Balfe
In this video I show a free way to develop responsive design advertisements using a combination of Eclipse and inline editing with Chrome. I showed this technique last year in the post “Tip Of the Day: Modifying and saving CSS … Continue reading →
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Blog stats for 2014 and what I learned
Thu, Jan 22nd 2015 8:20a   Bob Balfe
Each year I read around the net how different blogs did for the year and attempt to compare myself to those blogs or just simply learn how I can do things better. I also get asked many times by aspiring … Continue reading →
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It’s a Christmas Miracle! Softlayer enables business partners to create integrations in a snap
Fri, Dec 19th 2014 6:30a   Bob Balfe
Santa has come early for IBM Business Partners! I remember the days when I worked at Key Services and any time we wanted to try out new software it had to go through all kinds of approval processes because it … Continue reading →
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My top 10 videos on YouTube this year!
Wed, Dec 17th 2014 8:20a   Bob Balfe
It is that time to reflect on the past year and this year I am starting with my YouTube channel. In case you missed any of these blockbuster hits you can watch them now! This year I had over 32,000 … Continue reading →
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WebSphere Commerce is now on the Request for Enhancements site!
Tue, Dec 16th 2014 7:00a   Bob Balfe
Yes, this news is actually about 9 months late but I am realizing not many customers know about this so I figured I would re-announce it today. This is the place where you can vote on features and even submit … Continue reading →
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Coding Commerce: Showing the shopper which items they already purchased
Mon, Dec 15th 2014 6:30p   Bob Balfe
Do you shop on a specific site and would like to see what products you have previously purchased in the shopping experience? I have seen some implementations of a “My Closet” where its a specific page on the site that … Continue reading →
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Is your solution Ready for Smarter Commerce?
Fri, Dec 12th 2014 6:30a   Bob Balfe
Earlier this year IBM announced a partnership with over 16 new partners who have created integrations with the IBM Commerce platform. That number is now up to an astounding 35 partners in less than a year later! You can check out … Continue reading →
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Coding Commerce: Extending the Price display widget for consumable products
Thu, Dec 11th 2014 7:32p   Bob Balfe
Commerce systems are getting more and more advanced and specifically in the B2B space you are seeing more and more information about products on the product page or even in product listings. We see things like color swatches, likes, ratings, … Continue reading →
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Thank you for a great 2014!
Wed, Dec 10th 2014 4:10p   Bob Balfe
Over the years I have had interactions with many of you and I wanted to say thank you for reading my blog! I am attempting to gauge the value of my blog by getting some reader feedback. So if you … Continue reading →
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B2B just got a whole lot easier with IBM Commerce
Mon, Nov 24th 2014 7:40a   Bob Balfe
This is a big move for IBM Commerce. You will be seeing some cool videos coming soon with the new B2B functionality. Here are some key quotes from the announcement: Available this Wednesday, IBM B2B Commerce transforms the complex B2B buying … Continue reading →
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Integrated content management and WebSphere Commerce Workspaces!
Mon, Nov 24th 2014 6:00a   Bob Balfe
One of the really big problems in the eCommerce space is you may have a custom or enterprise content management system and a really great eCommerce platform like WebSphere Commerce but the two are rarely ever connected into a single approval … Continue reading →
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Great mobile application for Black Friday
Wed, Nov 19th 2014 3:50p   Bob Balfe
I was sent a story idea for a mobile application call Zoomingo and I will say upfront that if someone pitches me an application or story idea I really have to like it to blog about it. This application fits … Continue reading →
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Afraid big brother is tracking your online activity? Then check out Tor …maybe
Wed, Nov 5th 2014 9:26a   Bob Balfe
With all the worries that big brother is looking at your online activity something like Tor may just be the answer to online anonymity. The announcement that Verizon is planning to have a perma-cookie tracking ID placed on your phone – even … Continue reading →
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Webinar – Inside the User Experience; Solutions to Mobile Banking Issues
Mon, Nov 3rd 2014 7:36a   Bob Balfe
Our friends over at BlueSky will be hosting a free webinar this Thursday, register here today! This free webinar will teach you how to see the way your mobile or desktop websites are working through the eyes of each consumer … Continue reading →
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Donate to Wikipedia today!
Wed, Oct 29th 2014 7:43a   Bob Balfe
I have long been a fan and user of Wikipedia. And as many of you know, it comes with no advertisements and that means it solely relies on donations. I highly recommend anyone who uses Wikipedia to go and donate … Continue reading →
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Want to learn WebSphere Commerce? Check out this new play list
Tue, Oct 28th 2014 9:13a   Bob Balfe
One of my colleagues (thanks Paul V) requested I create a playlist of my videos that could be used for education purposes in a logical order. It is not perfect but I think it is a good start for someone … Continue reading →
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What do you think technical eminence is?
Mon, Oct 27th 2014 9:33a   Bob Balfe
This is a very interesting topic for me as I have heard the term several times within IBM. Let’s tear apart the phrase: Technical – obviously someone who is a technical expert or at least claims they have the capability … Continue reading →
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Who watches YouTube videos from their TV?
Sat, Oct 25th 2014 3:03p   Bob Balfe
I love statistics and especially love them when something new starts to happen. This year something definitely changed with what devices people use to watch my videos. I have seen a huge growth in mobile and tablet however TV has … Continue reading →
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Searchandizing part 2 – Promoting a Category
Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 1:53p   Bob Balfe
In this demonstration I get some requirements from my marketing manager Mary to start a new sales category called “Sale” on the North American site. I create the category with a custom layout using Commerce Composer along with a promotion … Continue reading →
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Webinar this Thursday! Optimizing e-Commerce Site Search for IBM WebSphere Commerce
Wed, Oct 22nd 2014 8:53p   Bob Balfe
Our partners over at Coremedia and NetSphere Strategies will be hosting a webinar about WebSphere Commerce search tomorrow, register for it here. DATE:  Thursday, October 23, 2014TIME:  2:30pm Central | 12:30pm Pacific Solr, an open-source enterprise search platform, is a powerful tool in the hands of … Continue reading →
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The power of the dataload utility – loading data into any table
Wed, Oct 15th 2014 8:53a   Bob Balfe
I read a great article that shows how easy it is to configure the WebSphere Commerce dataload utility to load data into any table. In this case it is a custom table and Pradeep walks you through the configuration of … Continue reading →
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GreenWheels 2 – The Shop.org demonstration from the IBM booth
Mon, Oct 6th 2014 12:26p   Bob Balfe
This was the live demonstration we gave at Shop.org for the enhanced greenwheels demonstration. The focus of the demonstration was to show the different organization imperatives the greenwheels brand is attempting to carry out: Execute Cross-Channel Marketing Campaigns Create Behavior Based … Continue reading →
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How the iPhone is made info-graphic
Thu, Sep 25th 2014 7:36a   Bob Balfe
I thought this graphic was very interesting:
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Greenwheels version 2 comes to Shop.Org – don’t miss it!
Wed, Sep 24th 2014 9:16a   Bob Balfe
This year at one of the IBM pedestals you will see the extension to the original demonstration given at the Smarter Commerce Summit (you can watch that video here). The greenwheels company is focusing on three main company imperatives in this story. … Continue reading →
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Is Pinterest in your marketing plan?
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 8:53a   Bob Balfe
We all have our favorite stores and products and usually expect marketing emails to come from the company itself. But did you know Pinterest has been sending “Price drop emails” since last year (2013)? This is great for people who … Continue reading →
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Easily Creating Widgets In WebSphere Commerce Composer
Sat, Aug 30th 2014 12:33p   Bob Balfe
WebSphere Commerce Composer is a very powerful addition to the tool set. It allows marketing and HTML developers to pretty much design a web site to their heart’s content. In this video I show how you can use jQuery and … Continue reading →




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