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Want to learn WebSphere Commerce? Check out this new play list

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 who is just starting to learn WebSphere Commerce.

playlist

You can access the play list here.

Videos         Description
1 – 5             Creating Extended Sites
6 – 7             Content Management
8 – 12           Composer and eSpots
13 – 18         Marketing
19 – 23         PIM
23 – 25         Search and SEO
26 – 29         Promotions
30 – 35         Integration
36 – 42         Coremedia Integration Series
43 – 46         General Tips


What do you think technical eminence is?

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 11.25.02 AMThis 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 to enter into a technical discussion about architecture and implementation.

Eminencefame or recognized superiority, especially within a particular sphere or profession. – link

Mixing these two together can be problematic in the technical world, especially if you are an introvert or someone who is not social at all. In the old days people published books, articles, or spoke at large conferences to gain “eminence“. Today, I see a very different way of achieving technical eminence through social media and social networks.

If you are reading this blog then you are most likely familiar with what I write about and what my YouTube channel is. I have often been on the fence with some of my content because I am trying to reach a variety of skills, mostly developers and users of IBM software and tooling. One could easily argue much of my material is either too technical, not technical enough, or not technical at all. This balance in my opinion is very delicate and in my experience you can potentially lose or gain readers based on this balance. With my videos especially, I do not want to get down the path of being viewed as “just a demo person” with no depth, so I intentionally write about coding, connecting, and architecting the solution. Of course many of my videos and content represent the contributions of a much larger team.

So the question is, how valuable is this “technical eminence” to companies? Should technical architects and software engineers or senior level IT staff be “out there” building their personal brand.  In my opinion, technical eminence is achieved when the individuals material or individual himself is often referenced on the subject at hand. This comes down to mentions, views, readership, and most important of all recognition as someone who “knows this” and is “known” for this. Thoughts?

Who watches YouTube videos from their TV?

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 now entered into the picture. Check out the table below for my 2014 statistics, TV is at .5 percent of my views. I wonder how much that will be this time next year.

Do you watch YouTube from your TV?

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Searchandizing part 2 – Promoting a Category

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 for 30% off all items in the new category. I then create a search rule to generally promote the items in that category for any search term.

 

Webinar this Thursday! Optimizing e-Commerce Site Search for IBM WebSphere Commerce

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, 2014
TIME:  2:30pm Central | 12:30pm Pacific

Solr, an open-source enterprise search platform, is a powerful tool in the hands of business users wanting to maximize the power of search merchandising. Webinar attendees will learn how to:

  • Engage and keep customers on-site longer
  • Provide sorted search results that are most relevant and likely to lead to a purchase.
  • Promote products in search results
  • Minimize dependence on agencies or IT resources for faster marketing turnaround

See practical examples of how to leverage Solr with CoreMedia LiveContext and IBM WebSphere Commerce’s Management Center to:

  • Create auto-suggest lists for keywords, categories, brands, site content and search history
  • Offer automatic search term suggestions, spelling corrections and search term synonyms

The power of the dataload utility – loading data into any table

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 the utility. Check out his article today:

Websphere Commerce: Dataload for Custom Table by Pradeep Batchu

If you want a primer on what the dataload utility is you can watch my Youtube video: