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  • Sitecore Commerce 8.0

    Sitecore launches Sitecore Commerce 8.0, the rebirth of the original Commerce Server

  • KENTICO 8 is More Than Just a Pretty (Inter)face

    eCommerce was a big focus for Kentico version 8. The Kentico product team relied on the user community to assemble high value eCommerce feature backlog. The results are a flexible eCommerce platform with mobile support, a plethora of marketing solutions and customizable products, to name a few. Kentico 8’s strong content management suite and new user interface brings it all to life and breathes new life into the roles involved in website creation and management.

  • Sitecore Commerce Accelerator

    The seamless integration of commerce with relevant content is driving the next evolution of modern customer experience platforms. Many organizations have embraced the user experience capabilities of leading eCommerce solutions, and are looking to take the next step and extend rationalization into their eCommerce offerings. MethodFactory has designed set of tools that fast track the implementation of fully integrated Sitecore WCM/eCommerce.

  • Admin Extender Catalog Manager

    Online product and catalog management is a daunting challenge for any company. However, it must be successfully managed for your customers to successfully find the products that you sell. Commerce Server has an advanced Catalog Manager that integrates numerous solutions to answer these challenges, and just about every other situation or obstacle you may be currently encountering.

  • Admin Extender Marketing Manager

    Commerce Server Marketing Manager allows marketers to create and customize marketing initiatives and put valuable customer data at your fingertips for maximum results and a high return on investment.

  • Admin Extender Merchandising Manager

    Merchandising Manager is Sitecore’s much anticipated and much needed replacement of the legacy Microsoft Catalog Manager – offering the same objective, but a better experience. A browser-based, end-to-end product catalog and inventory management toolset, Merchandising Manager features significant improvements in ease-of-use over the previous desktop-based toolset and leverages search and modern web management functionality. It was written using Sitecore’s SPEAK development platform and can be used on the web and on a tablet.

  • Admin Extender Customer-Order Manager

    Sitecore Commerce Customer & Order Manager makes it easy to collect and manage information related to customer service and order fulfillment. It includes features such as: 1-click ordering, guest checkout, member checkout, multi-cart, recurring orders, etc. CSRs (Customer Service Representatives) will appreciate the various applications like quick order, customer search, ability to take over a customer’s cart, and more…making their job more efficient and improving the customer’s experience.

  • Commerce Server Admin Extender

    Commerce Server eCommerce foundation includes a bevy of Smart Client administration tools to manage customers & orders, catalog & product, and marketing & discounting functions. The Smart Tools, while technically functional, are often times not well received by non-technical end-users (Marketing, Product Management, Customer Service staff). The Smart Tools also open up more access to the Commerce Server application than is typically desirable for non-technical end-users.

  • Sitecore Commerce Quick Start

    MethodFactory’s Sitecore Commerce Accelerator is the foundation for our B2B and B2B eCommerce implementations. We developed the Sitecore Commerce Accelerator to integrate with the Sitecore Web Accelerator for Web Content Management.

  • Security Bulletin SC2016-002-136135

    We are reporting an Important vulnerability (SC2016-002-136135), for which there is a hotfix available. We encourage Sitecore customers and partners to familiarize themselves with the information below and apply the hotfix to all Sitecore systems. If you’d like to receive security notifications by email, please sign-up for our security notifications list here.

  • Sitecore® Launches New eLearning Courses for Business Users and Marketers

    Company Also Offers Sitecore Professional Developer Certification Exam Without Requiring Sitecore-sponsored Training.

  • Worth Sports Hits It Out of the Park

    Sarasota, FL - MethodFactory, a Sarasota-based software development firm, partnered with Worth Sports to develop shop.worthsports.com , with the goals of improving the user experience as well as aid in the internal management of the site and increase conversions and overall site succe

  • MethodFactory Offers Better Online Shopping Experience to Commerce Server 2009 Users

    MethodFactory, a Sarasota, Florida-based software application development firm announced today the release of its B2C Storefront Accelerator, a front-end eCommerce website application built on Microsoft’s Commerce Server 2009 (CS09).

  • Coleman Rebrands Website with Expertise from MethodFactory

    The Coleman Company hired MethodFactory, a Sarasota-based software development firm, to re-brand their entire public-facing website to represent a more modern look and feel, while enhancing user experience and SEO

  • MethodFactory Launches Commerce Server Management Software

    Sarasota-based software application firm, MethodFactory, today introduced the CS09 Admin Extender, a software product to help Commerce Server customers better manage their product management, marketing and sales efforts.

  • MethodFactory Certified As Episerver Premium Partner

    MethodFactory, CMS and eCommerce technical implementation firm, today announced it has been certified as a Premium Partner of Episerver™, a leading provider of digital marketing and digital commerce solutions.

  • Sitecore Launches Experience Platform 8.2

    Sitecore, the global leader in experience management software, today announced the full availability of Sitecore® Experience Platform™ (XP) 8.2 and the Sitecore Commerce 8.2 family of the next iteration of its flagship products. Sitecore XP 8.2 builds on the core functionality and usability of the newly designed Experience Platform 8 and introduces key tools to help its growing customer base quickly take advantage of crucial digital marketing capabilities.

  • MethodFactory.com is Now Riding on Sitecore 7.2

    Over the years we’ve had the MethodFactory website running on different best-of-breed WCM platforms, including Sitefinity, SharePoint and Ektron. Last month, we moved our site to Sitecore version 8.0; here are the primary reasons why.

  • Website Personas in the Real World

    At MethodFactory, we sell and market to two different audiences; IT and Marketing. But those two groups really couldn’t be more different. So how do you connect with each audience, using their language and addressing their interests? Personas.

  • Brand Theming in Ektron

    Earlier this summer we received a pretty simple request from a client – it was, ‘how do I present multiple product brands from within my main WCM/eCom platform?’ We created a theme-based presentation model within Ektron that has proved to work well.

  • Keeping it Clean - The Importance of a Clean Sales & Marketing Database

    "Keeping it Clean" - The Importance of a Clean Sales & Marketing Database The quality of your marketing list needs to match the quality of your message. Sometimes I chuckle when the mail comes to the office. The picture below is of a mailer we received at work, all on the same day. It includes names of people that have not been with our company for years, and when the Dell catalogs come in the mail, we usually get six or seven of them - not a good use of marketing dollars.

  • Email Marketing Best Practices for the New and Changing Landscape

    Email Marketing Best Practices for the New and Changing Landscape The way people receive and view emails has changed dramatically over the years. Technology is driving both the email delivery and user behavior in ways that make email communications as viable if not more so than it has been in the past.

  • Google Remarketing: Marketing to the Ones That Got Away

    Google Remarketing: Marketing to the Ones That Got Away If “you never get a second chance to make a good first impression,” wouldn’t the next best thing be a chance to make a good second impression? Thanks to Google remarketing - second, third and fourth impressions count.

  • Top SEO Mistakes Part I of II

    Top SEO Mistakes (Part I of II) You might be wondering why after all the talk about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), we’re writing yet another best practices-type article about SEO. It’s because we still see so many common SEO mistakes and want to take the opportunity to remind developers and marketers that sometimes the most simple things are the most overlooked, and you might be surprised that these same mistakes are still being made, perhaps by you. Here are the first 5 of our top 10 SEO mistakes.

  • Top SEO Mistakes Part II

    Top SEO Mistakes (Part II) This is a continuation of our Top SEO Mistakes article from last quarter, where we covered the first 5 of 10 common mistakes (get the recap here). You might be wondering why after all the talk about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), we’re writing yet another best practices-type article about SEO.

  • Engaging Your Customers Through Facebook

    Engaging Your Customers Through Facebook You’re probably already building a community of fans & brand advocates on Facebook. Many companies large and small have had enormous success creating social buzz around their brands. For example, Mountain Dew has over 4 million FB fans – that’s a lot of loyal soda drinkers.

  • Multivariate Testing

    What is Multivariate Testing? Multivariate testing is the process of simultaneously testing different variations of a Web page, campaign, or just about any type of Web content, to determine the best performing elements and combinations.

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    We take a view into a consumer's online and offline purchase path

  • Persona Management 101

    MethodFactory has been in the Web Content Management (WCM) space since its inception in 2000. We’ve seen the market evolve and mature; from rudimentary text management against a fixed menu of static pages to dynamic content management that considers the viewer (persona) and the device they’re using...

  • Looking Ahead Customer Centric eCommerce Considerations for 2014

    We like to kick-off each New Year with a list of topics that we think are important. January came & went too fast this year, so we’re a month off. To follow are the 8 areas we think are the most important considerations for 2014. In the coming months we’ll dedicate a blog post to each topic.

  • Where Do You Score With Online Fraud Prevention?

    In a 2013 report from CyberSource, it was estimated that the total U.S. online revenue losses reached $3.5 billion dollars. This number represents just how clever criminals have become in their techniques. The types of fraud are increasingly more complex and difficult to catch. One of the most leading edge solutions for effectively averting online fraud is Order Fraud Scoring.

  • Customer Experience Managment

    Customer Experience Management is a continually trending term in all business centric social media sites. We want to break down a complex topic in a way that is easy to understand and digest, so that you can move from concept to implementation as successfully as possible.

  • Commerce Personalization

    More customers are not only embracing personalization, but have even come to expect that a commerce site knows a little bit about them and can help make their shopping experience better and more efficient.

  • CS09 Performance Enhancements

    Often site visitors just ‘Browse’ a site for content/products and the experience is considered simple. However, that simple experience requires significant complexity in code. Part of the anticipated site visitor browse experience is: Filtering, Paging, Sorting, and Ads.

  • Multilingual Localization 101​

    Multilingual / Localization 101​ Multilingual means more than just language translation... The Internet doesn’t have borders or the same geographic limitations of traditional brick and mortar locales, which is why if you’re not considering multilingual/localized versions of your web presence, you may be missing out on a huge market share.

  • Commerce Server Gets New Owner, Revitalization

    Ascentium plans to take Commerce Server forward from where Microsoft left off – developing and marketing future editions of Commerce Server to mid-market, Fortune 2,000 companies.

  • Products That Feed

    Products That Feed What is a product feed? A Product Feed is a batched submission of product content from your eCommerce system to other eCommerce websites, aggregators, etc. Product feeds are used to enable the presentation of your product content across the other sites, resulting in either links back to your eCommerce site (a.k.a. new visitor) or submission of completed order from a partner site (a.k.a. order injection).

  • Microsoft Commerce Server Admin Extender

    MethodFactory has extensive experience with what used to be Microsoft Commerce Server, CommerceServer.NET, Ascentium Commerce, and is mow Sitecore Commerce – an enterprise level eCommerce solution. Commerce Server represents an exciting revolution in rapid time-to-market solutions for companies that market, sell and distribute their products through a website. Whether you are conducting business to business (B2B) or business to customer (B2C) sales, Commerce Server is a comprehensive business solution product, providing a full suite of Web service applications to support the daily operations of Web-based commerce, at a low total cost of ownership.

  • MethodFactory Commerce Server Admin Extender-2

    Commerce Server eCommerce foundation includes a bevy of Smart Client administration tools to manage customers & orders, catalog & product, and marketing & discounting functions. The Smart Tools, while technically functional, are often times not well received by non-technical end-users (Marketing, Product Management, Customer Service staff).

  • Tokenization Vouches to Better Secure Personal Data

    Tokenization is the name of a type of data security technology used to safeguard sensitive data online, like credit card, bank account, financial, medical, and other personal information. In the world of payment processing or the payment card industry (PCI), it is a top priority to protect personally identifiable information (PII), not just for the customers’ peace of mind, but also to comply with preset industry and government standards.

  • Sitecore Acquires Commerce Server

    If you’re here reading this blog post, you probably recently learned that Sitecore has acquired the Commerce Server eCommerce platform, and you may be wondering what it means to the Sitecore roadmap and to the future of Commerce Server...

  • Mobile Device Detection in Sitecore

    Mobile Device Detection in Sitecore

  • Workflow your business

    Last year, we asked a whimsical question which we found could lead to some pretty beneficial real world explorations. The question we asked ourselves is, “Can we workflow our entire company?”

  • Future of Microsoft InfoPath

    As you may have heard, Microsoft is retiring its InfoPath electronic forms software. Microsoft first released InfoPath over a decade ago as part of Office 2003. At the beginning of this year the software giant announced that InfoPath 2013 would be the last release of the popular forms technology. But not to fret, Microsoft will not leave its current InfoPath users in the lurch while they work towards developing new forms technologies.

  • SharePoint 2013 Presentation Improvements

    We're finally getting to the last list of open items from our SharePoint 2010 to 2013 upgrade. Part of that SharePoint 2013 project was the inclusion of Bootstrap to enable a fully responsive intranet presentation. Yesterday's punch list item was getting our kiosk (the “BigBoard”) into Sharepoint 2013.

  • Extending Microsoft SharePoint with Ektrons DXM

    For the companies who have made an investment in Microsoft SharePoint and don’t want their need for a WCM to render it obsolete, Ektron makes it viable to continue using SharePoint for content and document management, while giving them ways to extend it.

  • SharePoint Governance = Business Governance

    A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a session on SharePoint governance at the SPTechCon conference in San Francisco. The session was presented by Bill English, the CEO of MindSharp. He’s a very impressive authority on the use of SharePoint to drive business process and is the organizer of the SharePoint Best Practices Conference in May.

  • SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Considerations

    You've been through SharePoint 2010 product demos… You've seen the ribbon bar, the improved search, the Performance Point Services, the Business Connectivity Services and the new social media functions… You can't wait to upgrade your MOSS 2007 environment to SP2010. So now what?

  • Maximize Your SharePoint Experience With KnowledgeLake Doc Management

    KnowledgeLake is an enterprise grade document management. The KnowledgeLake product suite extends SharePoint into a comprehensive enterprise content management solution, and gracefully fills in some of the gaps that SharePoint has.

  • Dispelling SharePoint’s Glorified File Share Stigma

    Dispelling SharePoint’s 'Glorified File Share’ Stigma There seems to be a widespread lack of understanding of what SharePoint is, what it can do, and how and why it might be used, especially from an end user's perspective at the organizational level.

  • SharePoint 2013 Release Preview

    The much anticipated SharePoint 2013 preview is available for download. The release will include many upgrades in functionality and organization to the existing SP 2010 features - from Excel and Access to InfoPath and PerformancePoint Services, but there will also be brand new things on top of SharePoint’s current platform. Some are being talked about and some are yet to be revealed and confirmed.

  • Why Use BizTalk?

    Why Use BizTalk? Most companies need some form of integration; that is, they need to send information to and receive information from other systems. One example is taking orders on a web site and sending the order information to an order fulfillment system, then receiving shipment information back so that the customer can view a status on their order...

  • EDI Messaging Using BizTalk

    You’ll hear it said that BizTalk provides 'native functionality' for EDI (Electronic Document Interchange). BizTalk is built directly into the product, not an add-in, so we at MethodFactory rate this statement mostly true. EDI formats are extremely complex, and though BizTalk parses the data for you, anyone who has seen how much information is contained in one small EDI message would wonder how much a general implementation can do with the EDI material. So if you are considering using BizTalk for EDI, do not assume that the native functionality requires no additional work on your part.

  • The MethodFactory Envoy Enterprise Service Bus

    MethodFactory developed Envoy to fill a space in Enterprise Application Integration, which is needed by many of our clients for eCommerce and other systems. MethodFactory Envoy is a solution designed to route messages from one system to another through a common conduit (a.k.a. an Enterprise Service Bus). Other products exist in this space, but have grown more complicated to use and more expensive to own over time.

  • Queuing Theory and Utilization Maximization

    Queuing Theory and Utilization Maximization queue n. 1. A line of waiting people or vehicles. 2. Computer Science a. A sequence of stored data or programs awaiting processing. b. A data structure from which the first item that can be retrieved is the one stored earliest. intr.v. queued, queu•ing, queues I was reading a Harvard Business Review article the other day on innovation and product development...

  • It’s All In The Landing - Landing Page Dos & Don'ts

    It’s All In The Landing - Landing Page Dos & Don'ts Landing Pages are content-focused web pages with a specific message for a specific audience. Users are driven there via pay per click ads/sponsored links, banner ads, emails, social media, or any other online marketing channel.

  • Refresh Your Website with UX Design 2.0

    Refresh Your Website with UX/Design 2.0 User Experience (UX) 2.0 is where site architecture, content, and design all converge to deliver a quality experience to the user – one that is measured by ease of use, speed, efficiency, and enjoyment. UX 2.0-designed sites are balanced between being data-driven and user-driven, with design methods focused on the creation of “flow” rather than building static pages...

  • MethodFactory Builds New Site on Ektron 9

    Every couple of years we redesign and re-architect our public facing website. We do it primarily because we get bored of looking at it, and often times as a way to try out something new and different. This summer, we did it again...

  • Ektron Makes Major Strides with its New V8.5 Release

    Ektron version 8.5 is being considered the most significant release in Ektron’s history. With a sleek new user interface design, improved developer efficiency and enterprise scalability, Ektron v8.5 is empowering businesses to effectively manage their websites, while keeping costs down and productivity up.

  • Responding to Responsive Design

    The shift from fixed-width (desktop) to responsive design has resulted in a changing landscape in user interface functionality and design, here are some general guidelines and considerations for responsive site design.

  • Pros and Cons of Mobile Web vs Mobile Apps

    While it makes sense for some businesses to create native mobile apps, it makes sense for ALL businesses to invest in mobile web. Still there are pros and cons to both that should be considered, so that you know what you’re delving into.

  • SLI Merchandising

    Presenting products in the best way possible and providing your customers with a positive experience are critical to the success of your online retail business. SLI’s comprehensive merchandising features give brand managers leverage to promote, cross-sell, and emphasize specific products and brands through an intuitive console.

  • SLI Learning Search

    Learning Search is SLI’s patented technology that continuously ‘learns’ from visitors’ past site search activity and quickly delivers the relevant information customers want. Learning Search gives site admins and managers access to reports and merchandising tools to track and understand behaviors so they can anticipate shopper demand and strategically plan content.

  • SLI

    SLI offers numerous search solutions for enterprise businesses, including site search for eCommerce, mobile, publishing sites and more. While most search technologies rely on algorithms to deliver search results, often giving the same results over and over again, Learning Search is SLI’s ability to learn from visitors’ past search activity. It tracks and aggregates search queries and subsequent click-thrus.

  • Top Industry Conferences for Web

    These are the industry conferences we’re not going to miss, and we don’t think you should either! We’ve summarized three of the “must-go-to” conferences slated for the first half of 2014 to help you decide. Hope to meet you there.

  • Architecting for the Enterprise

    Not all software development is created equal. There’s a big difference between mission critical, enterprise grade software development and quick deploy/ad-hoc software development. Enter Prescriptive Architecture (PA).

  • Application Lifecycle Management

    In the software development industry we love to create acronyms. Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is no exception. ALM is the approach a software development group takes when planning out and executing the various phases of software development.

  • MethodFactory Goes SCRUMing - An Insiders Look at Agile

    Agile. The word speaks for itself. In the world of software development, agile describes a popular methodology (process) called SCRUM. SCRUM is the contrasting methodology to the traditional Waterfall method. There is ongoing debate in the software development industry as to which method is better; we posit that neither method is superior, and that a methodology should be applied based on the context of a project and the client’s needs.

  • Resetting the Bar - Changes to the Microsoft Partner Program

    The Microsoft Partner Program has changed to the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) and it’s much more than a semantic name change. The changes, which completed in October of 2011, are intended to better align partner focus, thereby clarifying offerings for customers. With its new structure and considerably more stringent requirements, the MPN has reduced its Microsoft Gold Partner count by about half, while increasing credibility and legitimacy among those partners that meet the new requirements.

  • Importance of Planning in Software Development

    In the IT/software development industry, a project and its level of success is only as good as its planning phase. We have always put a lot of emphasis on the planning phase of our projects; it’s the 'Method' in MethodFactory. There is something to those clichés about planning, like, “measure twice, cut once;” “plan the work and work the plan;” and “ready, aim, fire.” We’ve heard so many stories of clients who were missing the upfront planning and the consensus needed at the beginning of a project, instead taking a ready, fire, aim approach - losing a lot of time and money circling back to fix a project or start it over from scratch because it was too broken.

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