6. How exactly do e-commerce projects differ from other IT projects?
E-commerce projects are more dynamic, evolving and require much more various specialized experience than the general IT projects. In e-commerce projects there are new software platforms coming almost every year, new extensions for all the platforms are coming almost weekly and updates almost daily. Much of the projects require intergation of various 3rd party software, like ERP, CMS, CRM, carriers, image galeries, payment providers, etc. For international projects, the providers differ from country to country, like carrier and payment providers – therefore involving multiple integration. A lot of the software platforms have an open source version, which speeds even more the dynamics and produces even more extensions that will not be supported in the long-term. Because of the whole dynamic, many of the 3rd party software providers have a challenge to keep their services trouble-free, which in turn puts extra load on the e-commerce solution implementation. Additionally, there is a lack of proper documentation for much of the open source e-commerce software. All this dynamic and evolution distinguishes e-commerce projects from other IT projects.