A massive complex of legacy systems at most fortune 500 companies makes data accessibility a challenge. The BBYOpen team is working to free Best Buy’s data through a system of APIs. As data gets exposed, we look for new ways to mash it up.
The Universal View (UV) project is a live test ground for our growing suite of API's.
Currently, we are finishing the experimental release of Product Tracker. Product Tracker is a feature set within the UV back-end on Google App Engine. Specific attributes being tracked include price, sales rankings, reviews count, and average rating. While this experimental release of Product Tracker visualizes price history, future iterations could visualize deeper and more diverse stories that will be even more helpful to both employees and customers.
“Let me know when the price of XYZ laptop reaches $800.”
“What is the average target price our customers are hoping XYZ laptop will reach?”
“Which LED TVs have had the biggest price drop this week? This month?"
“Which camera has had the most reviews written about it this week?”
“How do negative reviews affect sales rank?” Read More
The geek and financial press are all aflutter with talk of mobile wallets, mobile commerce and NFC. An individual could spend forty hours a week for a couple of months reading everything there is to know about the flood of start-ups, consortia, technology, and merchant efforts to prepare for this inevitable evolution in commerce. You can read some samples of what is being said in the press;
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UV, or Universal View, is a web application built on Google App Engine. The application features are expressed as an API to a view layer. New features can be added and easily accessed by any views. Data and experiences can be consistent across views while the interface for each view can be optimized for the device.
The popularity of iPad and the inevitable crush of Android-based tablets had the Emerging Platforms (EP) team thinking about creating a shopping experience optimized for tablets.
We debated the fat client application vs. a more universal approach using HTML 5. We opted to showcase the potential of a data driven HTML5 web application in order to create development efficiencies across the multiple tablet formats that aren’t possible when building native applications. By building a web application, we are also prepared for future.
For the purpose of testing and demonstrations, we only show UV on iPad or iPad2 at this time. We look forward to a time when the Android tablets mature enough to include a browser with hardware acceleration for CSS animations. Read More
An experimental team building an experimental app.That's the one sentence description for how the Best Buy Iphone app (and Android app) came into being.
It has bugs. It's a major bummer.