Microsoft's new Commerce Server 2000 is the most robust, powerful e-commerce solution Microsoft has yet delivered. A far cry from yesteryear's Site Server product family, Commerce Server 2000 doesn't just deliver shopping carts and catalogs; it offers comprehensive personalization, profiling, merchandising, and targeting capabilities. Commerce Server ought to help companies bring powerful B2B, B2C and supply-chain e-business applications to market a whole lot faster. But by virtue of its sheer breadth and depth, it'll require an awful lot of planning and care. For instance, you wouldn't dare to deploy it without first carefully reviewing the Microsoft Commerce Server 2000 Resource Kit.
This 600+ page kit covers the whole e-Business lifecycle: planning, custom application development, site testing, deployment, management, maintenance, optimization, and troubleshooting. Microsoft walks you through defining project vision and scope; planning for growth and availability; and preparing a complete project plan. (As you're reviewing this material, you might also want to refer to the complete sample sites on the Kit's CD-ROM.)
You'll find detailed techniques and best practices for working with the Commerce Server 2000 Profile System, which lets you build sophisticated dynamic profiles using data you already have, either within your site or in external systems -- and then customize content delivery "on the fly," based on those profiles.
Microsoft consultants then review every step of deployment, including customizing the Commerce Server Site Packager, which makes it easier to migrate sites among servers, for testing, staging, production, and distribution.
In addition to sample sites, the kit's CD-ROM contains population tools that help you generate profiles for large numbers of users at once; a Prediction Viewer that helps you make the most of Commerce Server's powerful business analytics; and a sample component illustrating the art of programming custom business process pipelines.
Commerce Server virtually defines mission-critical application. And the Commerce Server 2000 Resource Kit defines essential resource. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.