The eXcellence Awards e-Business Foundations category was home to the products and services that are the basic building blocks of e-commerce systems: data management systems, data integration servers, application servers and online storefront systems.
Judges compared several content management systemsone of which, Percussion Softwares Rhythmyx Content Manager 4.0was selected as a finalist for its strong separation of content from format and content aging and workflow features. Web storefront BroadVisions BroadVision Retail Commerce 6.0 was also chosen as a finalist for its breadth of features designed for very large sites, particularly its sales data analysis tools, call center integration and customer self-service features. However, Retail Commerces high purchase price and operational costs were a concern. The winner in the e-Business Foundations category was IBMs WebSphere Application Server 4.0, which provides a rock-solid foundation for Web, mobile and voice-based applications. The judges in this category liked WebSpheres reasonable price, flexibility, strong selection of e-commerce and integration extensions, and its standout management tools. The cost of its legacy data connectors and less-than-cutting-edge standards support were negatives. Timothy Dyck
|Infrastructure: E-Business Foundations|
|Winner||IBM||WebSphere Application Server 4.0|
|Finalists||BroadVision Inc.||BroadVision Retail Commerce 6.0|
|Percussion Software Inc.||Rhythmyx Content Manager 4.0|
We were impressed with the selection of tools that IT staff have available to them to help manage data, both in structured and unstructured form. New in this years program was a strong showing by several native XML database systems, although none were yet mature enough, in the view of our judges, to become finalists.