I thought it would be really great to know more about Oracle Commerce.
So I decided to learn it better, and fix my thoughts and conclusions in the form of comparison with what I know about SAP Hybris Commerce. Yes, it is still a Hybris blog, but…
I’ve been participating in negotiations on what platform is better suited for customer’s needs. Understanding both Oracle Commerce and SAP Hybris really counts. I participated in many meetings in my past where nobody in the room was able to compare the products properly. Oracle people big up their products without clear understanding of pros and cons of SAP Hybris, and SAP managers behave in the same way. The partners are generally good at any one thing.
I hope the information below will help you to picture your own understanding. I was trying to be as objective as I can. Despite the fact the blog is hybris-centered, all strengths of Oracle Commerce are clearly highlighted and all weaknesses of Hybris are present too.
In this document, I am going to compare four e-commerce products:
SAP Hybris Commerce On Premise
SAP Hybris Commerce Cloud
Oracle Commerce (ex-ATG) On Premise
Oracle Commerce Cloud
>100 articles in the blog:
- SOLR (partial update, multi-line product search, static pages and products in the same list, solr 6 in 5.x, 90M personalized prices, 500K availability groups, solr cloud, highlighting, 2M products/marketplace, more like this, concept-aware search: automatic facet discovery), explaining relevance ranking for phrase queries, enhanced multi-word synonyms and phrase search, query builders and multiMaxScore
- Useful Groovy scripts for hybris (Part 1, Part 2, Part3, Part 4, Part 5):
- hybris runtime development tools (console API for beans, flexiblesearch, typesystem, logs, cronjob, visual representation of items.xml), chrome extension for Flexible Search
- promotion engine 6.x / drools / rule engine (expert customization, real ‘could have fired’ messages, promo calc cluster / promo as a service, using drools for product recommendations, excluding certain products from promo, realtime event processing)
- wcms (multi-country content catalogs, cms template structure reference, content slot restrictions, jsp variables), smartedit vs CMSCockpit
- caching (page fragment caching (pfc), pfc & varnish caching, pfc & nginx and memcached)
- flexiblesearch (what you don’t know about fs, fs caching issue)
- data import (3.5 times faster than impex, mastering impex)
- pcm (using pcm for non-product items, crop/resize, product variants)
- personalization (prediction.io integration, personalized prices, personalized availability, product recommendation via promotion engine, realtime customer actions processing)
- other: hybris skill tree, travel accelerator 1.0 and travel accelerator 2.0, data migration (best practices, pentaho/kettle), ERP stock info integration, property files in backoffice, messaging (facebook messenger integration, microsoft bot framework), centralized sessions with redis, faster hybris startup, cockpit (expert customization explained, configuration), angularJS 2 integration, okta SSO integration, new eclipse plugin for hybris, geofencing, hybris 1.0, hybris 6.2 updates (beans/types, jsp/tags), hybris 6.3 updates (data model and beans), Crop & Resize 2.0, hybris 6.4 updates (data model), hybris 6.7 updates (features), hybris upgrade map (up to 6.6) hybris database model explained,
- Cloning catalogs + export/import
- Concept: voice and emotion recognition as part of UI, barcodes and QR codes in hybris, server side PDF generation,
- five things about SAP Hybris you probably don’t know
- Testing: screenshot-based testing
- “Thinking outside the box” (Video + Slides, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and 4, Part 5, Part 6)
Out-of-the-box SAP Commerce hybris extensions are great examples of how to customize the platform delivered directly from SAP. They can be used as a reference of implementation and can be considered as a vendor-recommended best-practice way.
The extensions come in source code form, with comments and documentation. It is a good starting point in finding a solution: the way SAP recommends in their packaged extensions is likely better than anything else, because you never know what side effects you may face if you go with the experimental solution. After all, why to reinvent the wheel?
Learning by examples and design by examples have a lot in common. You can use this approach to upskill junior developers and perfect your own expertise. For me personally, there is no other way to learn solution architecture other than studying the experience of others.
The purpose of this document is to shed a light on the internal data structures used by SAP Hybris Commerce. I explain system tables and attributes, their purpose and meaning.
Understanding of the internal structure is very useful in troubleshooting and low-level data analysis. For example, direct access to the database may show that your system has a lot of unused items, and it affects the performance. Analyzing the data is also extremely helpful with data integrity issues.
In mid-2016, SAP released the first version of the new-generation CMS management module, SmartEdit 6.0. All further versions were updating this module while old CMS Cockpit hasn’t been changed for years. Of course, SAP plans to sunset the legacy WCMS, and they consider SmartEdit as a “new WCMS”. I was wondering is SmartEdit ready to replace CMS Cockpit?
The CMS is a subject close to me. Many years ago I was heading the CMS development project and dealing with the challenges on how to make the CMS functional and convenient, how to find a right balance between feature richness and simplicity, and how to find a solution that would be extremely flexible and configurable to an organization’s needs. It’s an intense subject.
In this article, I am trying to compare the functionality of SmartEdit and WCMS and highlight my personal view on advantages and weaknesses of these solutions. The official “feature parity” is published on SAP Hybris Help, but it doesn’t answer all my questions.
You will know why the ‘#’ create issues when used in hybris forms, why salt is with pepper in hybris, how Reagan becomes the President of Russia in hybris tests, how to fix the HAC madness, and how to figure out the website is built with SAP hybris. Today’s article is to entertain and educate. Some of the findings are really useful while others help you to start a week with a smile! 🙂
This summary shows the key enhancements, new modules and capabilities of SAP Hybris 6.7. The new version of the popular platform was released today.
In this post, I share some interesting material collected in March 2018. Hybris Deep Dive. Free e-book about microservices. Image similarity for filling attribution gaps. Deep learning in a nutshell. Product recommendation best practices. Examples of AI in retail and e-commerce. Better search. Checklist for improving e-commerce conversion. Worthy reading.