What the heck is an eSpot?

eSpot-SpainNo, I am not talking about a municipality in the comarca of the Pallars Sobirà in Catalonia, Spain. (see here if that’s what you are looking for). However, on that page is actually a really good picture of what an eSpot in the sense of WebSphere Commerce is. Think of a place on a web page, a “spot” if you will, that has a boundary and takes up a rectangle in that page. Just like Espot does in the boundaries of Spain, an eSpot is a piece of real-estate that can be controlled by business rules – which are defined by a business team, not the IT staff. Content like HTML, text, pictures, Flash, product recommendations, category recommendations and pretty much anything else web related can exist there.

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What does your next point of sale terminal look like?

IBM SMARTER COMMERCEYesterday I posted this (Point of Sale, No, Point of Commerce!) article on the Smarter Commerce Blog about the new point of commerce collaboration Toshiba and IBM have done. I saw a very slick demo of this at NRF and I just heard they will be at the Smarter Commerce Global Summit in Nashville this May. If you have not seen this product and are looking to change the way your stores do business then get to the summit to see what the hype is all about! Check out the article on the Smarter Commerce Blog to see the product PDF.

Here was the original announcement at NRF:

IBM Helps Retailers Deliver Consistent Brand Experience Across Expanding Consumer Buying Channels