Rauf ALIEV – hybrismart | SAP hybris under the hood

In hybris 6.6, almost all project-specific files are located in the special folder called “data folder”. The structure of this folder is not well documented. The folders and files have “random” names. Basically, it is not very important until you find that this folder is too big. Understanding of its structure and purpose of its components will help you to troubleshoot and optimize the system.

The official hybris documentation explains some technical aspects, but pretty tenuous. In this article, I’m trying to look deeper.

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Hybris as a brand is dead today. Welcome C/4 HANA

A big announcement from Florida: SAP Hybris is replaced by SAP Customer Experience (or SAP CX) for the brand and SAP C/4HANA for the CX suite, a “new CRM”. Latest acquisitions, Gigya (customer identity management), CallidusCloud (technology that links salespeople with information related to pricing, incentives & commissions), and Coresystems (the field service module) are now part of SAP C/4 HANA.

You will find a a single-page view of what this suite is, all products and components.

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Impex is a hybris-specific language on top of CSV to import/export data the database. Hybris impex engine converts the ImpEx statements into SQL. The developers deal with ImpEx only: SQL statements are not used at all. The syntax of Impex is quite…

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Oracle Commerce vs SAP Hybris Commerce, both On-prem and Cloud

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 compare four e-commerce products from SAP and Oracle:

  • SAP Hybris Commerce On Premise
  • SAP Hybris Commerce Cloud
  • Oracle Commerce (ex-ATG) On Premise
  • Oracle Commerce Cloud
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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.

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Understanding SAP Hybris Commerce Persistence Layer: Database tables and their structure

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.

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Is SmartEdit Ready to Replace CMS Cockpit?

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.

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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! 🙂

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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.

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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.

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