Lots of goodies in Feature Pack 3 for WebSphere Commerce!

Many new and exciting features are now available in the latest fix-pack for WebSphere Commerce. The team has done a great job in putting in the most warranted function in Feature Pack 3. With the purchase of Sterling Commerce back in November the integration of IBM Sterling Configurator and IBM Distributed Order Management clearly enhance the overall platform.

One of my favorite enhancements are the new triggers for targeted marketing and customer dialogs. The trigger and target for social commerce integration has been enhanced and now you can trigger a dialog when a customer uses a promotion. You can check out all of the triggers and actions from the summary page. All of these triggers and actions give the customer a better sense of personalization when interacted with your site. The user interface for the administrator uses the first class rules creator in Management Center, check out the same rule they show for the promotion trigger:

 

Google+ uses Open Social…it’s looking so…

I knew one of the few people who read this blog would respond. This response was from Ryan Baxter (the lead developer in Lotus integrating Open Social into the next version of Lotus Notes) on Twitter:

From Google+ JS: var Q=j.gadgets||{},Ib=j.shindig||{},R=j.osapi||{},google=j.google||{}; Answer your question? 🙂 #OpenSocial

I did not get into the first wave of Google+ so I wasn’t even able to get at the source but it looks like Ryan did, but, the time I spent on his team gives me some good insight into what this block of code Ryan sent me means. The j.shindig, j.gadgets, and j.osapi are the key pieces in the line of code. Once again, I don’t have the implementation of these classes but these are exactly the packages my previous team had been working with. Most of the container services function we provided is in the gadgets namespace. OSAPI is most likely Googles implementation of the Container specification. This certainly provides a favorable answer to my previous question but it does not totally confirm Google is off doing their own thing or staying on track with the public specification. (I am sure that comment will generate some feedback).

Does Google+ use Open Social?

If it does, you can’t find any reference to Open Social on their Google+ site. More interesting, this quote from an article on IBTimes somewhat mentions this:

Open Social, launched in 2007 with the aim to create an open standard for social network applications, faded away as Facebook monopolized the spotlight. 2009 saw Google’s struggles in the social-based communications system Wave and Buzz, both stirred the market but did not survive.

Given that Google+ does implement many of the promised features of what Open Social was supposed to offer, I think it will be interesting once we learn if Open Social is part of Google+. We do know that Facebook continues to shun the initiative and remains disconnected as they bank their own proprietary model against the collaborative efforts in Open Social. Only time will tell…