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Takeaways from SAP SAPPHIRE NOW AND CX LIVE 2019

Last week, the 30th annual SAP SAPPHIRE NOW conference took place March 7-9 in sunny Orlando, FL. This year, it was three in one: SAPPHIRE NOW, ASUG conference and CX LIVE. All three brought no fewer than 30,000 attendees to the Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. More than 2400 sessions were held during the three days, spread throughout more than 1,5 million square feet of exhibition space, meeting rooms and halls. For those of you who didn’t make it to SAPPHIRE NOW and CX LIVE, I’ve pulled together key takeaways from both.

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When it comes to your overall website usability and providing good user-experience to your site visitors, the login component plays a very important role. This article explains how it should be built to provide the best customer experience. I am focusing on how to implement login forms and authentication process in the e-commerce systems built on top of SAP Commerce Cloud, but general recommendations and findings are applicable for other platforms too.

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Will you be attending the SAPPHIRE or SAP CX Live events in Orlando next week? As usual, I am highlighting some of the sessions seem interesting to me and hopefully to you also, the reader.

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Non-product content management has for many years been the weakest link of the SAP Commerce platform. Formally, the suite had a WCMS module from the very first version, but it was obvious to everybody that the solution was terribly old-fashioned and outdated.

Already back in 2016, SAP Hybris Commerce was extended with a new solution, SmartEdit. On the one hand, SAP released it too early. Many commented that the product is underbaked to replace WCMS Cockpit. Even two years later, Smartedit had drawn much criticism from the users and developers. On the other hand, it was long overdue. We had been waiting for a replacement for years.

In the search of the truth, in 2018, I was examining Smartedit in detail and shared the findings here on Hybrismart. There hasn’t been a lot of water under the bridge since 2018, but the situation with Smartedit has taken a definite turn for the better. However, being a “non-mandatory” component during two years, it was generally ignored by the community. After all, why should we use Smartedit if there is a good old WCMS Cockpit, time-tested and proven, albeit with known issues and poor customizability? This is why only a small percentage of developers are aware of Smartedit from the technical perspective. I hope this article will help them to move forward.

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Merging Carts When A Customer Logs In: Problems, Solutions and Recommendations

When an anonymous customer has a non-empty cart and wants to log in, what shopping cart should they see? The question is about what should happen to the items in the account-linked carts versus the items in the anonymous carts. There are different options, and some of them come with SAP Commerce Cloud. In this article, I will review the existing implementations and propose a new one to consider as a possible alternative. Also, you will see why the merging cart strategy implemented in SAP Commerce Cloud requires additional optimization for high traffic and large volume websites.

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Come take a look into the 1811 release. We’ll cover cool and interesting new features, enhancements, and changes, and offer some commentary on what we like and what we like… less. Judge for yourself what SAP did well and what might warrant some extra polish.

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Autocomplete, Live Search Suggestions, and Autocorrection: Best Practice Design Patterns

In the various sources, the terms like Autocomplete and Suggestions are not defined clearly. They turned out to be too wide to avoid confusion when defining design patterns and software requirements. The customers use the wrong terms in the RFPs, the partners try to use the RFP language and mix that with their own terminology. In this article, I review these topics in depth.

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Have you ever thought about a top 3 things you wanted to change in the platform? I guess Ant would hit almost 100% of your made-up lists. This article outlines details about an offline project done by a group of EPAM’s hybris enthusiasts who made a great step forward with migration from Ant to Maven as a primary build system for a platform.

We are the ones who work with SAP Commerce Cloud day to day. Are we the ones who can help improve platform for the best?

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Over the last years, there has been a huge boost in the popularity of headless eCommerce. Many chose this approach to give more flexibility and freedom around the front-end of their site and how their product catalog is showcased. Creating the storefront from scratch is challenging and full of fun, but very risky if your team doesn’t know this topic inside out.

Vue Storefront is known as an open-source mobile-first Progressive Web App storefront, one of two free PWA-ready storefront frameworks available on the market.

In this article, Rauf Aliev and Timofey Klyubin explained how Vue Storefront and SAP Commerce can be integrated together. Advantages, limitations, technological “pitfalls”, rejected and chosen solutions, and a demo of what was accomplished.

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Facet Search: The Most Comprehensive Guide. Best Practices, Design Patterns, Hidden Caveats, And Workarounds.

In this article, I structured the main concepts, best-practices, design recommendations, interaction patterns and visual design considerations for the faceted search. I believe this work covers every aspect of the facet search UI: everything you need to know to create facet search component from scratch or using the ready building blocks from the SAP Commerce Cloud out-of-the-box search module. At the end of the article you will find a summary explaining what features are implemented in the default SAP Commerce Cloud Accelerators; for those which are not implemented, you will find my ballpark estimations of the efforts needed.

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The hot trends in e-commerce have shifted recently. Microservices, headless e-commerce, AI, voice and other technologies & designs are all the rage. In this article, we will take an extensive look at headless e-commerce, in the context of a “best of breed” solution involving the #1 e-commerce solution, SAP Commerce Cloud, and a top ranking CMS solution, Sitecore. Learn why this type of solution makes sense for certain enterprises, what the benefits are, and see for yourself the solution in action through General Electric Healthcare’s live solution.

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