Commerce Server 2002

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2002-05-13 Print this article Print

Commerce Server 2002

Microsoft has added more integration with other .Net products and many features geared toward developers, but most users wont see much difference—which is probably a good thing for administrators not looking to learn a new management interface. Companies moving to .Net infrastructures will find Commerce Server 2002 to be a very good e-commerce platform.

Cost Analysis

At $19,999 per CPU for the Enterprise edition and $6,999 per CPU for the Standard edition, Commerce Server 2002 comes in at the low end to midrange in price for a full e-commerce system. In addition, implementation and training costs should be relatively low for this type of system.

+ Unique and useful virtual catalog features; excellent collection of sample code provided; supports older ASP code.

- Business Desk client requires specific Office 2002 code, which limits remote access options; works only with SQL Server.

Evaluation Short List

  • Blue Martini Software Inc.s Blue Martini Commerce
  • BroadVision Inc.s Commerce suites
  • IBMs WebSphere Commerce
  • Oracle Corp.s Oracle E-Business Suite

    Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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