Monday, January 09, 2012

"Price of Sex" by Chakarova: A slam on the face of humanity in the 21st century

First, I have noticed the title on my twitter time line as the movie will be screened by the Us Embassy in Ottawa. First of all, I want to disregard this line because I thought it is just some scam.

After giving it a second thought, I was wondering why the US embassy will be screening such a movie?
Then I have decided to see its trailer and read about this documentary.

In simple words, it is a shame on humanity that human trafficking is six times larger than the slavery trafficking across the Atlantic in the dark ages.

Following their stories from their virgin home to their prostitution residency was awful. People are so dump and have very tough hearts. Why? All for the money. This is the dirtiest money that can be ever collected. The woman is always the weaker link. They wanted her to abuse her further. This industry is huge and much larger than everything you can think of.

The Price of Sex is a rare glimpse into the lives of sex-trade workers and human-trafficking from Europe to the Middle-East. The film unmasks the dangers and corruption involved in the sex-trade industry, as well as the fear, shame and anguish felt by millions women who are forced to sell their bodies for sex.

Friday, January 06, 2012

What is your experience with Magento Open Source e-commerce?

Someone posted this question on Linkedin
Is it suitable for large corporation to build multiple websites? And what are the pro's and the con's? Think of cost, application services, development, etc.

Here is my answer for that:
There are several versions of Magento. Magento Community, Magento Enterprise and Magento Go.

Cost wise, the community edition is the best but you lack the support. For a corporation, the Enterprise edition is the best with $1,000/month for a good support.

What differentiates Magento is its interoperability with various back office systems (natively or via other bridging tools). In addition, Magento is getting the defacto for corporate e-commerce as it scales up well (with extra cost for scalable license) and it is search engine friendly.

Other pros are related to development cost and graphical layout. It is one of the best within the upper end e-commerce packages.

Some of the Con's is the limited access to licensed developers (which is being solved right now by the new certificate system). The classes are free for a while during the beta stage.

Another risk arise from the fact that Magento depends on other tools for the connection with back-office inventory (SAP for example). There are various tools to connect but most of them are being developed out of the Magento Eco-System hence their maintenance is an issue.