Sitecore Commerce Server 8.2 is Out!
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Sitecore Commerce Server 8.2 is Out!

Author: Tanya Bansal | Categories: CMS, Sitecore CMS, Digital Marketing

Sitecore Commerce Server 8.2

Sitecore Commerce 8.1, powered by Commerce Server and Commerce Server 11.3, gives you the chance to create multi-channel trade applications and amplify your business safely over the Internet or Intranet/Extranets. So, if you have not yet deployed this over your present CMS environment, you can now incorporate Sitecore Commerce 8.1 controlled by Commerce Server and Commerce Server 11.3 into your current e-business framework.

Sitecore Commerce 8.1 powered by Commerce Server and Commerce Server 11.3 gives a far-reaching answer to business situations including:

  • Business-to-business (B2B) situations, such as e-acquisition and exchanging groups.

  • B2X situations, joining business-to-shopper (B2C) and B2B.

  • Self-administration gateways that utilize indexes or profiles for customized data conveyance.

Sitecore Commerce 8.2 is now available!

While you are considering exploring the benefits of 8.1, Sitecore has released the next version – Sitecore Commerce 8.2. With this release, users now have a lot more features to explore. The critical upgrades and new components in this version allow users to enjoy the high-level functionality and extensible commerce-core framework, besides the new Commerce Engine.

What's new in Sitecore Commerce 8.2?

Bolster for Azure web apps

Take a look at the image below to understand how Sitecore Commerce 8.2 supports Azure web apps.

Sitecore Commerce Server 8.2

Image source: Azure Field Notes Blog

This version offers added support for Azure Web Apps that utilize registry-free COM and Commerce Server-specialized NuGet bundles. Besides, it facilitates cloud-deployment without the Commerce Server acting as an intermediate. However, there are a few limitations that you may encounter – for help to tackle them, refer to the release notes.

Custom catalog fields

While making the underlying index mapping, choose where you want to store a specific field. Item information, required for the finished exchange, is best stored in the catalog. In case the assigned field is essentially for improving the way an item looks on the site, create a separate field in Sitecore.

The item improvement fields are appended to an item in the list utilizing a field called the External Settings. Issue arises when an outside framework updates the index (via the Catalog Web Service from an ERP or PIM) – the outer settings field could be lost, and with it, there can be a high possibility of you missing a field, which you added to the information layout.

Reduced time to market

With the arrival of Sitecore Experience Accelerator (XA), advertisers can now quickly make new websites and versatile web encounters, utilizing an intuitive wireframe toolset that contains over 80% web parts. Website specialists without unequivocal Sitecore ability can now effectively make themes to stylize a venture.

Advanced publishing

Capabilities of new service arguments allow you to publish items faster. This incorporates a profoundly parallelized appropriation motor that permits clients to exploit large, topographically-conveyed cloud organizations. Further, this is equipped to fulfill the most mind-boggling and client-requested prerequisites.

Enhanced usability

Numerous improvements have been made across the platform including advanced filtering and funnel analysis in the Path Analyzer tool. Enhancements have also been done to data source management and content item organization in the Experience Editor. Further, the segmentation process in Sitecore Commerce Server 8.2 has been made accessible and easier to understand. These upgrades put more power in the hands of advertisers and merchandisers to genuinely evaluate how clients are cooperating with the brand or assembling bits of knowledge on how best to enhance those encounters and improve their capacity to make a move against those bits of knowledge.

Information exchange framework

Bundled with Sitecore Commerce 8.2 is the new Data Exchange Framework, which permits Sitecore to take a preferred standpoint of external sources of substance. This also coordinates with Sitecore on whatever is left of a client's advertising innovation speculations and empowers it (Sitecore) to exploit the external sources of settings to advance a client's execution.

How Sitecore Commerce 8.2 is better when contrasted with Sitecore Commerce 8.1?

Sitecore Commerce Server 8.2

Image Source: Sitecore Community
  • In 8.1, we had new tools in the form of PowerShell CmdLets that eased the process of installing and configuring the Commerce Server. However, with the release of version 8.2, the support for Azure Web Apps has further removed the need to install Commerce Server while deploying over the cloud.

  • Version 8.2 enables you to specify the catalog location for storing the external settings – whether you want to store them with the original product or in a separate catalog – the choice is ultimately yours. This wasn’t available in the earlier version. Also, with this facility, updating a catalog from the legacy system doesn’t anymore carry the concern of the external settings getting overwritten.

  • The previous version allowed concentrating on individual contacts by deploying Commerce reporting on the Experience Profile. However, with the availability of version 8.2, much of this is consolidated, and additions have been made to reports and charts in the Experience Analytics. This offers a view of the commerce data as is relevant to all contacts.

Dealing with a shopping basket utilizing Sitecore Commerce Connect

While making an online business plan, the ability to make and manage the shopping basket may get distinctly critical. This is where the features of Sitecore's Commerce Connect come into play. They can abstract the basket’s execution, as per convenience. Imagine a situation where you are building a component for a site. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to manage the basket as required? To get started, you can use the State Storage facility and later, exchange it to boost the security of the basket’s information further.

In case you're changing how the shipping information is added to the basket, you may implant a processor into the "commerce.carts.addShippingInfo" pipeline that could manage an "AddShippingInfo" request and check the delivery data and invigorate the basket. You could then make a processor in the "commerce.carts.saveCart" that would be accountable for clearing the reserve at whatever point a basket was invigorated.

Conclusion:

The new Sitecore Commerce Server 8.2 is robust and efficient. Besides simplifying deployment, it balances the individual in-store as well as online experiences – making it one seamless flow. Rather than capturing the experiences separately, companies can now make use of one consolidated experience to better approach or market to a customer.