The ICS Store Manager gives you a simple GUI interface for configuring your electronic market. Instead of spending hours stacking apples in a store, you can design a store hierarchy with the ICS Store Manager to determine the overall look-and-feel as Web shoppers browse the
With the store manager, you also define the product items and their descriptions. You can use this tool to keep a running inventory of each item you have available in your virtual store. (After all, you must deliver the real item from a given physical location.) You can define special
Users can use the ICS Persistent Shopping Cart to browse the virtual store that you created with the ICS Store Manager. The shopping cart is persistent because for each
You can easily integrate the shopping cart with Oracle's new ConText option, which allows you to store detailed descriptions of each item. Shoppers can then search for each item using these descriptions and simple keyword searches.
Oracle ships ICS with many HTML templates, which serve as the basis of your virtual store. You can enhance these documents and add graphics, sound, and a unique look-and-feel as long as you keep the original HTML placeholders in your Web pages. You can change the
With Oracle ICS, users can specify specific products or sections of the store they want to enter first so they aren't flooded with useless information. For instance, in an online bookstore, a customer might want only books about Buddhism and science
As an Oracle ICS merchant, you can create a set of online
With Oracle ICS, you can issue virtual customer cards to Web shoppers. You could define shoppers with bronze, silver, or gold status and tailor certain Web pages to the type of customer. For instance, a gold customer might see a special discount that other customers cannot see or he might receive additional coupons.
Oracle ICS offers an API (Application Programmer Interface) library for developers to add on or configure the basic product. Even though the default features are robust, you can further configure ICS with other systems or add business-specific rules or features.
The Internet Commerce Server from Oracle derives its power from the cartridge. There is no question that you can develop your own electronic commerce application using CGI, HTML, and maybe Java, but the Oracle Internet Commerce Server is more efficient because you can purchase prewritten software that
If you determine that coding your own back-end application from scratch is less costly than buying the Internet Commerce Server and the cartridges you require, you might consider starting your own development effort. In most cases, developing software in-house,
The following list describes some of the cartridges that you can purchase with the Internet Commerce Server or at a later date. Do not hesitate to purchase from a
Oracle offers software for the Web that, unlike the Internet Commerce Server, includes specific vertical applications that perform a variety of tasks for a specific area of business. What makes these applications different is that they are primarily designed for business-to-business transactions, with standard business mechanisms coded into the Web applications.
If you don't need the flexibility of the Oracle Internet Commerce Server, these off-the-shelf applications that run on the Web are very powerful. What makes them interesting is that they
Oracle Web Customers is tailored for your business customer rather than the general public. With this tool, your customers can place sales orders, view your products offered through "catalogs," and use a shopping cart similar to the ICS package. This tool can also interface with Oracle's Order Entry application so your Web customers can confirm their orders.
Users can also view their past orders, shipping records, and invoices. The applications all contain a drill-down capability so your customers can also scrutinize shipping details and invoice line items. This can save your company a great deal of money by eliminating the time that your employees
Oracle Web Employees equips your employees who need to design, deliver, and manage your product sales cycle. With this tool, employees can browse product catalogs, create requisitions, and submit requisitions to Oracle Purchasing. You can create in-house charge accounts based on your internal business rules and departmental structure.
Oracle Web Employees is ideal for a business that needs to purchase parts to build or assemble a final product, such as a manufacturing firm with a pending order for an airplane engine. With Oracle Web Employees, all the requisitions for the