The Ultimate Guide To Headless eCommerce

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October 26th, 2016|Big Thoughts|

What is Headless eCommerce? We hear this word so often in the world of eCommerce and web apps, and it’s not just because of our favorite Halloween story. “Headless eCommerce” is what's driving the market to challenge standard commerce solutions. So, what does ‘Headless eCommerce’ actually mean? In the most simplistic terms, Headless eCommerce represents [...]

3 Reasons To Take The Evergreen Approach To B2B eCommerce

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October 19th, 2016|Big Thoughts|

What version of Chrome are you running? Chances are, you have no clue. If you’re an “older” Millennial, Gen X-er or Baby Boomer, you likely remember a time when upgrading the company’s browsers was a huge undertaking. Not only was this a hassle from a user experience perspective, but even more so for the web [...]

API-First B2B eCommerce | If You’re Not API-First, You’re Last

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October 5th, 2016|Big Thoughts|

Let’s get some facts straight: The world of APIs has become increasingly popular.  In fact, ProgrammableWeb’s API directory offers almost 16,000 public APIs. Forrester states that B2B eCommerce sales are heading towards $1 trillion by 2020 - that’s double the size of US B2C eCommerce market. Digital transformation is happening rapidly across enterprises. This is [...]

3 Emerging Trends in B2B eCommerce App Development

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August 2nd, 2016|Big Thoughts|

As the lead of Developer Training and Support at Four51, I often get the first opportunity to discuss’s technical capabilities with future Partners and Developers. And in every one of these conversations, I hear about the difficulties of delivering modern B2B eCommerce Applications on-time and on-budget with the frameworks and tools currently available to [...]

3 Ways PaaS Boosts Your eCommerce ROI

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July 28th, 2016|Big Thoughts|

Today, far too many B2B companies are being dragged down by clunky, on-premise eCommerce systems. Although frustrations arise, initiating a digital change is intimidating for these organizations. If so much time and budget has been invested into a massive order management system, how much more time and budget needs to committed to head in a [...]

Platform Flexibility Over Features

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July 17th, 2016|Big Thoughts|

“That’s an integration concern.” It’s a phrase I utter often when new platform features are suggested. Although I try not to utter it on days I need to leave early. Some might question my motives. When I think about Four51’s transformation to an API-first platform company, I’m often reminded of why we embarked on this [...]

When Choosing a Platform, Look Beyond eCommerce Feature Lists

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May 31st, 2016|Big Thoughts|

You’re in the market for a new eCommerce platform. Either you’re making the leap for the first time, or your existing platform isn’t cutting it anymore. You have your options narrowed down to three: a SaaS product, an open source product with enterprise-level support, and a headless API with rapid development and deployment tools (let’s [...]

Leveraging Extended Properties in the Development of Custom eCommerce Apps

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March 9th, 2016|Big Thoughts|

Recently I came across a post from one of my favorite developers and technology thought leaders that centered on how to work with some architecture patterns that drive so much of the development work that occurs today. His name is Rob Conery, and he posts to his blog frequently. I never miss a post, and [...]

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