IBM's Java-based e-commerce app supports global sites

IBM's WebSphere Commerce Suite 5.1 supports Websites engaged in international e-commerce and includes functionality for enabling mobile access to e-commerce. Version 5.1 determines region-specific sales tax and shipping rules, customizes product catalogs, and localizes payment methods and pricing. The software features interfaces that allow managers to create dynamic marketing campaigns, product promotions, discounts, and advertisements targeted to specific customers. Version 5.1 also offers access to e-commerce sites via handheld devices. Based on open industry standards, WebSphere Commerce Suite provides an enhanced Java programming model.

WebSphere Commerce Suite Version 5.1 is available immediately in English for the Microsoft Corp. Windows NT operating environment and will be available for other systems in early 2001. Pricing is listed at US$9,000 per processor for the Start Edition and $45,000 per processor for the Pro Edition.

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