You see “commerce‘ based technologies popping up everywhere these days. People are always trying to get the cheapest solution with the most function. You can even get a commerce plugin for both Drupal and WordPress – two very popular and free content management systems. The interesting thing about those plugins is the fact you get content management (CMS) for free and some commerce function on the front end- because those solutions are based on content management. If you were to buy WebSphere Commerce today, you would most likely have another piece of software be the CMS engine behind the scenes – like IBM Workplace Web Content Management.
Those are definitely viable options but I can also see XPages making a play here because of its document model in Lotus Domino. It excels in “content management” and then using the Web Services in WebSphere Commerce could make for a good solution in the end. Getting the CMS side of Domino mixed with the Commerce based engine might be a good mix. I am not sure about total cost comparison in the end but something tells me a Domino server is cheaper than a Portal server – maybe not. This might be a good opportunity for a business partner or even an open source project. I would be interested to hear some thoughts on this if you have any.