Stories by Dylan Tweney

  • Vignette CEO looks into future of I-commerce

    Vignette's StoryServer was one of the first dynamic Web publishing systems to hit the market when it debuted several years ago. Since then, the company has added e-commerce and portal content management to its array of offerings. Its most recent release is Syndication Server, which manages the distribution of syndicated content to affiliate Web sites. Dylan Tweney talked to Vignette president and CEO Greg Peters.

  • The future of e-commerce or another hard sell?

    Does this sound familiar? "Have I got a deal for you: here at Volga.com, we carry the finest books, CDs, hair-care products, floor waxes, and dessert toppings. And when you become a Volga.com distributor, you too can sell these quality products from the comfort of your own home page. "All you need to do is place this small bit of HTML code on your site, and you'll become an authorised Volga affiliate.

  • Companies get a clue about the Net

    A small band of provocateurs calling their project "the Cluetrain" issued a challenge to corporations late in March: wake up to the fact that the Internet is anarchic and beyond your control, learn how to use the Net to talk with your customers and employees like real people, and lighten up a bit. The Cluetrain Manifesto is a set of 95 theses - a la Martin Luther - squarely aimed at anyone doing business online. And who isn't these days? If you haven't done so already, catch a ride at http://www.cluetrain.com.A small band of provocateurs calling their project "the Cluetrain" issued a challenge to corporations late in March: wake up to the fact that the Internet is anarchic and beyond your control, learn how to use the Net to talk with your customers and employees like real people, and lighten up a bit. The Cluetrain Manifesto is a set of 95 theses - a la Martin Luther - squarely aimed at anyone doing business online. And who isn't these days? If you haven't done so already, catch a ride at http://www.cluetrain.com.

  • CyberSource CEO explains key to online business

    CyberSource founder and CEO William McKiernan has been in Internet commerce since launching online software retailer Software.net, now Beyond.com, in 1994. CyberSource offers transaction-processing and fraud-screening services that originated from Software.net's early experiences. IDG's Dylan Tweney spoke with him.

  • Changing the way we look at the Web

    Thin is in - and I'm not talking about servers, clients, or body types. I'm talking about monitors. Flat-panel LCDs are getting more popular and more affordable every day - and the technology may have an unexpected effect on the Web. It used to be cool to have gigantic 26in cathode ray tube displays bathing you with electromagnetic radiation.

  • Part of the battle in Net software sales

    Selling software on the Internet should be as natural as selling beer in a bar. After all, software is nothing but bits and the Internet is made to move bits - so where's the problem? The answer is bandwidth: the pipes just aren't big enough to download big software titles fast enough, particularly for modem-using consumers.

  • Cold fusion helps out Web developers

    Web developers are a pragmatic bunch. They have to be - the whole Internet is held together by the virtual equivalents of baling wire and spit. Faced with an array of clients, servers, transports, and protocols, Web developers often solve design problems with whatever tool is handy and gets the job done quickly.

  • Taking punch out of online branding game

    Go to any Internet conference and you'll find any number of seminars and panels on the importance of building brand recognition for your Web site. Pick up any Internet-related magazine, and you're likely to stumble across an article on building brand identity.