RealTime IT News

Free Components Offered for Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition

Microsoft is making available two new (and free for the download) components for its Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition, one for auctions and one called The Commerce Interchange Pipeline Manager.

The new auction component is intended to enable site managers to auction products, accept bids and determine winners using rules ranging from simple to sophisticated.

Auctioneers can set reserve prices, minimum bids, start and end dates, and bid increments, as well as resolve bid conflicts with user-defined rules. The auction component download includes full documentation and a demonstration Web site, ClockTower Auction.

The Commerce Interchange Pipeline Manager (CIPM) is an addition to Commerce Interchange Pipeline (CIP) technology, introduced in Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition. The CIPM is designed for businesses to automate and manage electronic communications with their distributors, resellers, suppliers and other trading partners in business-to-business application scenarios. Different document formats for purchase orders, invoices, receipts and shipping notices can now be managed for multiple trading partners.

A snap-in to the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), the CIPM is an administration tool for defining and managing trading partner profiles and communications. Using simple business document and partner profiles, the CIPM works with the CIP to generate and maintain a multitude of processes required to conduct business electronically. CIPM is delivered as a self-extracting executable.

The new components are available at the Site Server Web site.