My IBM career started, with no surprise, from an acquisition. I started as an Automation Developer for quality assurance on the Lotus Notes and Domino products at Iris Associates. I quickly understood how bad it was to “break the build”, which ran every single day against millions of lines of code. The test frameworks we created over 19 years ago are still in use today, testing over 20M lines of code on more than a half-dozen platforms each and every build. I got the chance to speak at LotusSphere as a Developer – something I had only dreamed of being a customer the prior 10 years – it was a dream come true. Laurie Sprauge took me under her wing and we created a presentation/skit we did for Domino Policies in front of over 2,000 attendees. I was immediately hooked, I love presenting!
Soon after, I got into blogging and making videos about technology, most of it was specific to IBM like Java, Eclipse, Lotus Notes/Domino and before long I aquired a fairly decent following. This was started by the Digital IBMer Initiative where senior leadership encouraged developers to start writing blogs, articles, and code for DeveloperWorks or your own site. It was to grow IBM technology organically on the internet – this was another thing I grew to love very quickly.
I did Lotusphere talks for the next several years until I moved over into WebSphere Commerce – something I didn’t even really know IBM did until a colleague said I should give it a look. I went over into technical sales and wrote some tools and techniques to help out the sellers world-wide in creating complex eCommerce demonstrations quickly. It literally changed the way we sold going forward – creating more compelling demos and POCs in hours versus weeks; something our competition would beat us down for. I then achieved Distinguished Engineer, arguably one of my greatest professional accomplishments (so far) and I have so many to thank for that I can not possibly mention them all here.
I got to travel the world working for IBM and meet amazing people, experience different cultures, centuries old architecture, amazing customers, and most of all, other IBMer’s who all had a common goal – be the best for IBM.
After almost 19 years I will be saying good-bye to IBM and will be seeking out new adventures. I am so grateful for meeting so many inspiring leaders and brilliant engineers and for that, I Thank You IBM.
Stay tuned, I will be announcing my new adventure soon!
B2B eCommerce is very unique in that you get contracted pricing and in some cases even a filtered catalog of products based on your contract. You might also get some other B2B goodies like requisition lists, re-ordering, and even “buy on behalf of” but generally, the site shopping experience is almost identical to a B2C site, or at least it should be…
Differentiating yourself as a luxury brand is almost a necessity today if you want to stay in business. Managing the digital store experience across all channels should be able to be controlled using a single tool. This demonstration Coremedia did at DMEXCO 2018 in Europe is very impressive. With its physical layout of 5 giant flat screen televisions shadowing the main stage, they show the content variants the Coremedia Studio allows you to control for the various devices accessing the site.
The importance of omni-channel are clear, either you connect your web and physical presence or you will be left in the dust. More and more customers are ordering with their mobile devices or their web browsers and opting to pick up the product from the store.
B2B can be antiqauted and even complicated, but not with IBM WebSphere Commerce…