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Integrated transaction platforms

Posted in General, Innovation, technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2010 by newideasconsult

With online technology developing quite aggressively we have an ideal opportunity to design and commission all-inclusive solutions for enterprise clients. You can also define this as multi level x-commerce solutions, where the traditional x-store or x-mall or multi-store customer facing platform is completely integrated with the transaction processing platform.

Having one platform that integrates all the required components for environments with a high volume of transactions to operate with the minimum external assistance makes me quite heady.  For example imagine a system that starts out day one with an integrated eBay, PayPal and Skype module.  Having the time to work out each component’s role with the platform, clearly defining where data can be shared within a common database, and setting out combined parameters for a smooth UI, and so on, could start us off on a whole new path in regards to x-commerce.

There are so many advantages to such an initial integrated model not just from a technology point of view, but also in terms of operations.  One view of a customer, one process to resolve disputes, one fee recipe to determine all revenue contributors in a transaction from end to end, and so on and so on.  Are there examples of such combined and integrated solutions already?

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Skype on Blackberry

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , on June 21, 2009 by newideasconsult

So the rumour is that Skype finally has a beta under development for the Blackberry Storm or Bold phones, or possibly the 3G able models too.  This is a long time in coming and partly due to the technical way in which data was implemented on the OS on these phones in previous models.  If I remember correctly, and to put this in terms clear to non-techies too, then the only type of voice over data implementation that one could have done before, was one way traffic, i.e. much like the old ‘push-to-talk’ method of talking because the data implementation could not handle dual channel conversations.  Eish, not sure I put that quite correctly, but as long as the concept is explained that the phone had no ability to handle Skype data requirements before due to the restricted data communications implemented on the OS (I think the highest data standard old BB model phones could handle before was EDGE technology).

So, the current beta is closed, but should be the start of a whole new Skype Mobile adventure for Crackberries like me.  One word of warning though about the capabilities of this specific Skype Mobile beta – it only handles chat, no voice at all, so if you are using something like IM+ or iSkoot, you best stick with it unless the Skype model turns out more reliable in terms of battery usage and connectivity.