Some facts about X.Commerce platform

Although, even if there was no sensational information about X. Commerce platform during X.Commerce Innovate Developer Conference, some light can be shed on the nature of this project. First of all, to delight of both Magento merchants and developers, eBay announced that X. Commerce is going to be an open ecosystem largely built around Magento (not surprisingly, but anyway).

The features in X.Commerce include:

  • Account management, access rights and permissions linked to PayPal
  • Supply management and demand
  • Marketing management / CRM
  • BI services (PayPal)
  • A very wide range of API Marketplaces
  • Payment solutions and advanced billing (automated payment, retail payment, checkout solutions, PayFlow)

Still, there is more information to reveal in future. Stay tuned!

X.commerce Partner Program

As many of you know, X.commerce Innovate Developer Conference 2011 ended one week ago. In my opinion, it was the event we all have been waiting for since summer. One thing is certain: the conference was a huge hit. A lot of things were covered during the conference, and you can always check a vivid summary made by Naveed Anwar (aka Bald Geek).

Taking in concideration its big success, now it is the right time to join this great community and make your own contribution. By joining X.commerce Partner Program, you’ll have a chance to be a part of this fast-growing ecosystem with thousands of people around the world.

Like they say: register now!

Innovate: eBay + Facebook = a new life for eCommerce?

X.commerce Developer Conference is over, so it’s time to review some of important announcements from its participants. Here’s a great article by Rip Empson from TechCrunch talking about eBay and Facebook integration.

Innovate 2011 Live Streaming

If for some reason you weren’t able to attend the Innovate Developer Conference 2011, you can always check these video keynotes to learn more about it.

X.Commerce: introducing X.commerce Developer Package

While the Innovate Developer Conference 2011 is on its way (btw, you can see its keynotes live), let’s see what is X.Commerce Developer Package is about.

X.commerce Developer package is a downloadable package consisting of all the necessary code, message contracts and samples to get started with building, testing and integrating with the Fabric. The developer package is open to all developers without registration. With the developer package, users can create the X.commerce environment on their local workstations without any external dependencies.

For more details, please, find the full and detailed X.Commerce Developer Package Overview.

X.Commerce: join the elite group of fellow pledge-takers.

Not much time left for the Innovate Developer Conference 2011 to begin. On the eve of this beautiful event, in recognition of your early contributions to the X.commerce platform, you have been invited to take this pledge, and join the elite group of fellow pledge-takers.

Being a pledge taker, you will be able to:

  • Proudly display the X.commerce Pledge logo on your web site
  • Have your logo displayed along with PayPal, eBay, Magento, and other fellow pledge taker logos
  • Get early exposure for your company across the X.commerce ecosystem
  • Express pride in being an early contributor to the X.commerce vision

Please, find more information here.

X.commerce: an interview with Matthew Mengerink

Hello everyone!

The guys from Practical Ecommerce did a great job and published an interesting interview with Matthew Mengerink, X.Commerce’s general manager.

In this article Matthew talks about X.Commerce, its goals and purpose.

If you’re interested in this new platform for online business, use this link and enjoy the interview (complete audio version included).

And don’t forget to thank Practical eCommerce Staff for sharing this useful information!

Get certified at X.Commerce Innovate Developer’s Conference

According to susies from Magento team, during the Innovate Developer’s Conference at San Francisco’s Moscone Center on October 12th-13th, developers will have the first-ever opportunity to earn Magento Developer Certification by taking a beta version of the exam. Magento Developer Certification is the gold standard for credibility among Magento developers, partners and merchants.

What is Magento Developer Certification?

  • An objective, professional mid-advanced level certification geared toward professional developers that have real-world experience with Magento implementations
  • Sponsored by Magento
  • Created by Magento developer gurus with the input of experts from the global Magento ecosystem
  • Developed using the most rigorous industry standards and methodologies for exam development, ensuring exam’s accuracy in evaluating relevant skills

How much does it cost?

Participants in the initial beta test will pay a reduced rate of $150, a $110 savings (regular price $260) for the exam. However, space is limited so register for your exam in advance to guarantee your spot! Space will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do I sign up?

Step 1: Register for the Innovate Conference.
Step 2: Register for the exam.

When do I find out about the results?

Participating developers will be notified by email 4-6 weeks after the conference. Developers who pass the exam based on the Beta exam analysis will achieve the Magento Certified Developer or Magento Certified Developer Plus credential.

What if I can’t make it to Innovate?

Starting in December, developers will be able to take the Magento Developer Certification exam at one of 10,000+ testing sites worldwide. Please check for updates here.

Magento encourages all developers to take advantage of this rewarding opportunity. If you have additional questions, please send an email to training@magento.com with ‘certification’ in the subject line.

See you at Innovate!

EBay builds new division to woo developers

As all know, a new business for eBay called X.commerce has emerged in recent months. This is an excerpt of an article from Los Angeles Times.

The website for the division, X.com, revives a name from the early days of PayPal, when it merged a competing online payments business called X.com started by Elon Musk.

X.commerce is trying to persuade outside developers to create applications, or apps, for merchants looking to sell more online.

The apps can be designed to work on EBay’s marketplaces. They may also include payment capabilities from PayPal and work with websites built on Magento, an open-source e-commerce company that EBay bought in June.

The more useful apps that developers build through X.commerce, the more likely merchants are to use EBay’s marketplaces, PayPal’s payment technology or GSI’s e-commerce services.

The idea is to indirectly monetize EBay’s main assets PayPal, GSI and Marketplaces,” said Matthew Mengerink, the EBay veteran who runs the new division. “X.commerce is in a unique position. I don’t have to drive revenue, I have to drive traffic.”

EBay has about 725,000 developers registered with its various developer programs, and there are roughly 4,600 Magento apps active on X.com, up from 3,800 at the start of the year, according to Mengerink.

Mengerink said he will measure X.commerce‘s success partly on how much money developers make selling apps.

If developers are making the money, you can’t shake the platform,” he added. “We believe we can create the largest ecosystem.”

Smaller merchants will not have to hire lots of in-house developers if a wide variety of e-commerce apps are available to buy and plug into their online stores, Mengerink explained.

Welcome aboard the X.Commerce eXpress

The X.commerce eXpress is coming to a developer or e-commerce event near you! The bus is travelling across the USA to spread the word about the X.commerce platform, the new open-source environment that will change the future of commerce.

About the X.commerce eXpress

The 42′ bus is a self-contained promotional space that includes PayPal, eBay and Magento demos, a networking lounge area and special offers on X.commerce Innovate Developer Conference 2011 event registration.

The flexible event set-up includes
:

  • Two 10′ x 10′ tents
  • Two 8′ banquet tables
  • Six high-top cocktail tables
  • Two A-Frame signs

So what are you waiting for? Welcome aboard!