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SAP Commerce Data Models in Memory. Part I. What does the IDE Debugger give you?

This article focuses on how SAP Commerce stores models in memory, which is a vast topic. To begin with, we will explore a relatively simple aspect, such as the unusual structure that appears in the debugger when trying to view the contents of any SAP Commerce model. We will also discuss how to access all the object properties contained within it.

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This article contains an overview of the latest updates in SAP Commerce Cloud, version 2211. The update is only available for SAP Commerce Cloud in the Public Cloud and cannot be used for On-Prem or other non-SAP managed infrastructures/servers. The update includes deprecating the accelerator storefront and related addon extensions and introducing the SAP Commerce Cloud, Composable Storefront based on the Spartacus open-source project. The article goes on to detail the improvements made in Backoffice and SmartEdit, CMS, B2B Commerce as well as other features such as audit logging and HTTP session failover in the platform module, improvements in the yForms module, and new product recommendations in Intelligent Selling Services for SAP Commerce Cloud.  Read More »
For those who have been following the development progress of Spartacus, the Angular/Node.js front-end to Commerce Cloud, you may have followed the roadmap information on the SAP GitHub Spartacus repository documentation pages. For many months during 2022 the roadmap statements indicated that release 5 would be towards the end of 2022 comprising a number of user experience and feature improvements, architecture improvements including the need to upgrade the underlying technologies such as the Angular framework. However, I was a bit surprised (and I suspect other readers also) when SAP announced:
  • stopping support on the previous Spartcus versions (4.x);
  • that Version 5 would be only available within an authenticated policy to SAP partners / customers; and
  • Spartacus is renamed to Composable Commerce.
I will explore each of these areas in more detail in this article.
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I have been discussing where the merchants have multiple instances of SAP-Commerce (hybris) and they want their non-production environments to be “more representative” of the production environment in terms of the data. In the previous part of this article, I looked at the rationale of why data migration is important and a number of various initiatives that have supported this over the years. In this part, I look at the areas of data for migration and the necessary concerns to consider when data is migrated.

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I want to focus on a requirement I have met on several projects over the years where the merchant has multiple instances of SAP-Commerce (hybris) and they want their non-production environments to be “more representative” of the production environment in terms of the data.

Many merchants have 3 such environments typically defined as development, staging and production and as time passes by, the production environment receives multiple BAU changes to core data areas such as web content, products/categories/classifications undertaken by merchandising teams or product management and of course a lot of data is generated through customer registrations and orders placed.

However, the non-production environments are frequently not kept in line in terms of web content, product data or representation in terms of quantities of customers or orders.  I’m not referring here to the code and core configuration related data that is included in builds.
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Taking advantage of back-in-stock notifications, customers are informed that a product they were interested in recently has become available again. Alternatively, a customer may want to get subscribed to the product price updates and get notified when the price drops on a product. 

As a result, customers are more likely to return to make a purchase. These two features are often considered as must-have for almost any marketplace solution. 

Their implementation and design are also considered to be quick and easy. In fact, it is not so — there are many points for consideration easy to miss in the design phase. In this article, I focus on the potential pitfalls and best practices in implementing “Back-in-stock notifications” and “Price drop alerts”.  Read More »

A Look Into the 2205 SAP Commerce Cloud Release
SAP have been consistent with the major releases in recent years. SAP Commerce version 2205 has landed exactly a year after the scheduled release date of 2105, although 2105 was several weeks later than planned. In this article from Tejaskumar Patel, you will know about the key additions and improvements. Read More »
Recently, our team successfully completed a CCv1 (SAP private cloud) to CCv2 (public cloud on Microsoft Azure) SAP Commerce Cloud (Hybris) migration project for one of our manufacturing customers. Though this was not a new experience for EPAM in general, there are always new things to be learned as unique circumstances, customizations, configurations, etc. generate new problems & challenges to solve. In this article, we summarize the lessons learned and obstacles encountered. Read More »
End-to-End Test Automation: Why Was It Worth to Write Our Custom Framework

There are dozens, even hundreds of test automation frameworks available, and we developed our own. Why? Why? Was it worth the effort? 

This article describes our needs and our solution, E2E CLI: the architecture of the API testing tool which has been used by our team for about 2 years. Back in 2020, it was developed by me from scratch over the course of a weekend — In other words, it is a very simple piece based on very simple ideas. That first version was supporting 80% of the functionality available today in the last version (and described below). We don’t add features without good reason.

We use this tool to end-to-end test all our services and integration flows. Whenever we make changes to a software system, we need to ensure that they do not break what was already working.

As the architect and lead developer, I designed and developed it from the ground up, so, of course, I am very proud of my brainchild. But the field cannot be well seen from within the field. You know, reinventing wheels is not always bad. When you build something on your own, you are in full control over what is being built, what its purpose will be, and when it is finally conceived and executed as you wish. It has been two years since I have encountered any alternative to our solution. 

To reach a wider audience, I found it beneficial to share key concepts hoping to get some feedback from the community and enhance the product.

Technically, the tool has nothing to do with SAP Commerce; it’s for testing. However, our entire team, which uses this tool daily, is focused mainly on SAP Commerce development. And the tool is tailored to be used with SAP Commerce.

While the client (for whose benefit the tool is being used) has authorized me to share high-level details, I cannot disclose names or code. In spite of this, the conceptual view should be useful on its own and might become a good foundation for your own solution.

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