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I work at a very large worldwide company which runs an SAP ERP system. However, we have various subsidiaries around the globe that are very very small. They each run their own "home grown" backend software - they are all very different from eachother.
It is my task to find a package that will give them an online shopping cart which their customers can use to place orders with them. Additionally, it needs to be flexible enough so that we can find a way to integrate the inbound orders coming in, to the backend software they are using (i.e. this could be database selects from the online store to the backend system, XML documents being transacted, etc...)
This may be the wrong forum for this question, but I thought I would take a chance...can someone throw out some big players in this industry to give me a starting point?
osCommerce CANNOT save the world, it CANNOT make coffee, and it CANNOT make you a clubhouse sandwich.
It is stiff, inflexible, not fully cross-platform compatible, coded like spagetti, and is not database agnostic.
To integrate with a multitude of backend systems, presumably running multiple operating systems and multiple databases, you will need an open standard solution.
For this you should look to a Java / servlet based ecommerce solution.
Just google "Java e-commerce".
Make sure the solution supports most application servers and various databases such as Oracle, DB2, MS SQL, mySQL, PostgreSQL etc.
I'd like to make the recommendation that you contact SAP directly on this to ask them about their list of recommended solution providers. SAP is a very complex system, and it's not the type of system you'd want to screw up by slapping on a third party's unaudited code.
If you decide to roll your own, almost every major language has the ability to interface with the SAP system, so you should be able to find compatible modules for accessing SAP data with a couple of quick Google searches. You're hardly restricted to Java/J2EE for tasks like this, so please don't be mislead!
*cough* Especially by people trying to sell their product by directing people to Google SERPs. ;-) *cough*
They each run their own "home grown" backend software - they are all very different from eachother.
Maybe you folks did not read this part of the sentence. I would challenge any one of you to integrate an osCommerce application with SAP in real-time. Keep in mind it must also be integrated with "home grown backend software" that in all likelyhood is running various databases on various platforms.
Remind me...what databses can osCommerce natively work with :)
My earlier comments were 'fly on the wall'.
If you want specifics, try ATG, Broadvision, Blue Martini, WebSphere. These are at the front of the pack for enterprise level ecommerce.