Introducing Commerce Server 2007

Commerce Server 2007
For the latest version of Commerce Server 2007 Help, see the Microsoft Web site.

Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 provides a comprehensive solution for many business scenarios, including:

  • Business-to-consumer (B2C) sales of tangible or digital goods or online service delivery.

  • Business-to-business (B2B) scenarios, such as e-procurement and trading communities.

  • B2X scenarios, combining Business to Consumer (B2C) and Business to Business (B2B).

  • Self service portals using catalogs, profiles, or content targeting for personalized information delivery.

The following figure shows the architecture of Commerce Server 2007.

Commerce Server 2007 architectural overview.

As the previous figure shows, Commerce Server 2007 provides the applications and tools to meet the needs of all audiences of enterprise-level e-commerce systems.

  • Customers. Commerce Server 2007 provides a highly scalable, highly-performant e-commerce platform that gives customers a complete, personalized online shopping experience through any medium that can be delivered using Web client technologies.

  • Business Users. Commerce Server 2007 provides four Windows Smart Client Web services-enabled applications to provide business managers the tools for managing the daily operations that are associated with catalogs, marketing campaigns, direct mail campaigns, and more.

  • Developers. Commerce Server 2007 extends the Microsoft .NET Framework and the Visual Studio 2005 development platform to facilitate the rapid development of e-commerce and related applications. Commerce Server 2007 provides the tools for customizing each of its six integrated systems:

  • IT Professionals. Commerce Server 2007 provides several tools for system administrators and operations personnel to quickly deploy, administer, manage, and monitor the health of the enterprise network. Additionally, with site staging and replication you can automate the distribution and movement of data and sites across multiple environments.

  • Business Analysts. Commerce Server 2007 provides complete business analysis and reporting capabilities in an integrated, end-to-end view encapsulating both the Web click stream and e-commerce business data, such as catalogs, customers, and orders through its integration with SQL Server Reporting Services and inclusion of pre-packaged reports.

  • Line-of-Business and Trading Partner Integration. Commerce Server 2007 enables seamless connection to internal and partner applications and systems such as Microsoft Dynamics, SAP, JD Edwards, and others through Microsoft BizTalk Server adapters. In addition, with the new profile, order, inventory, and catalog system adapters for BizTalk Server, Commerce Server 2007 helps accelerate and automate the delivery of products and services.