I'm just wondering what is the today's norm for large websites in managing customers, processing orders, shipments, etc; are these website using a "web" or "software" based backend?
I know all the open source shopping carts like Oscommerce, Magento, etc handle everything from the "web" backend, but do the big websites like zappos.com, backcountry.com, target.com, etc also just use a "web" backend for everything?
I just think that a "software" based backend seems a little more dated now. Since you would have to sync data from your website database to your local "software" database and then upload everything back up to the website again.
Or is this not the case, do these big websites still use a "software" based backend?