Build Your B2B eCommerce Program and Portal

Congratulations! Your business is now ready to sell B2B via the web. Internal discovery of the B2B eCommerce program and portal is underway and internal sentiment suggests a replica of the B2C site. The ordering process needs to be brought online and if the development team can do a quick reboot of the B2C site on a subdomain the wholesale team can begin selling there in no time.

Not so fast.

Building the B2B site is conceptually and functionally different from the B2C site and needs separate treatment.

Repeat – it’s not carbon copy.

Orders will neither be passed through the system similarly nor fulfilled similarly. The user experiences (yes the ‘s’ is intentional, more below) will completely different. It will hit the general ledger differently. Payment and shipping terms will (likely) differ. There will also be wholesalers that want to order via phone or fax. Continue reading Build Your B2B eCommerce Program and Portal

O’Reilly Strata Conference: Making Data Work 2012

First day thoughts on the O’Reilly Strata Conference: Making Data Work 2012 held in Santa Clara, CA

Day 1 – Wednesday February 29, 2012

First impressions

Compared to the inaugural New York City conference (2011), this event dwarfs it. Easily four times the attendees, double the sessions and about twice the exhibitors. The discussions have moved from Data Scientists to include Data Teams. Data visualization has received a stronger representation with a focus on effective visualizations, not just attractive ones. Systemic, enterprise thinking has also received a spotlight far greater than the inaugural event. The next New York Strata event (Fall 2012) will be the first conference that will join both the Strata conference and the formerly independently run Hadoop conference. As a further point of reference to the changes from last year’s event to this one, EMC, who had just 3 attendees at last year’s event has over 20 at this event as well as a massive space in the exhibit hall.

Highlights and key themes from the day’s sessions

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Drilling, Drugs, Porn, Sports: Interior Department

According to an Interior Department report, staff members at an agency that oversees offshore drilling accepted tickets to sports events, lunches and other gifts Continue reading Drilling, Drugs, Porn, Sports: Interior Department

How big is the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

Paul Rademacher is really awesome for coming up with this  tool for comparing the size of BP’s oil spill to cities around the world. From his site:

On April 20th, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon left 17 workers injured and 11 missing and presumed dead. Oil is spilling from a well 5000 feet below sea level, discharging 200,000 gallons of crude oil a day according to the official estimate. It is estimated that more than 6 million gallons of crude oil have spewed into the Gulf so far.

But how big is the spill, really? It’s hard to get a sense of the true size when it’s over the ocean floor. Check it out…