The Best CMS for SAP Commerce Cloud

Yes, that is correct. I have said this for IBM WebSphere Commerce, I have said this for SalesForce, and I will say it for SAP Commerce Cloud. Our SAP Hybris integration is just as advanced as our other eCommerce integrations and to show you, I have started to build a play list dedicated to demonstrating why CoreMedia is a great fit for SAP Hybris customers.

With over 200+ Customers and a 98% Renewal Rate, we must be doing something right. link

Being able to have complete control over product and content from a single user interface (CoreMedia Studio) is key. Watch these introductory videos and then stay up to date by subscribing to the channel as I create more videos about CoreMedia and SAP Commerce Cloud!

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Dynamic Product and Content Collections

One of the things talked about at SAP CX Live conference this week in Orlando was product and content collections. While CoreMedia Studio lets you define static product and content widgets, it also supports rule driven product collections – or dynamic collections. This means, based on a rule you define, you can dynamically display products mixed with content.

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Made Easy with CoreMedia: SAP Commerce Cloud – Part 2

This second part in the SAP Commerce Cloud series I demonstrate how easily you can create a new banner for the home page and place it in the carousel. From configuring your crops to identifying teaser targets, it’s all dead simple with CoreMedia studio.

 

Discover firsthand how customer experience is the new competitive advantage at SAP CX LIVE 2019 booth #123, taking place May 7-8, 2019 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center West. Gain can’t-miss insights to understand your customers, transform your business model, and provide exceptional experiences while building trust and loyalty.

Made Easy with CoreMedia: SAP Commerce Cloud – Part 1

This first part in the SAP Commerce Cloud series shows our sample website and the various modules we have. From shoppable images and videos to 360 degree spinners and complete product and category integration it is all seamless to the marketer and site manager.

 

Discover firsthand how customer experience is the new competitive advantage at SAP CX LIVE 2019 booth #123, taking place May 7-8, 2019 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center West. Gain can’t-miss insights to understand your customers, transform your business model, and provide exceptional experiences while building trust and loyalty.

Reinventing the in-store experience with digital content

We have seen a lot of offline stores go under in the past several years. Reasons are many but the one simple fact is shoppers aren’t going into the store. There needs to be a reason to go into the store, either for the experience it brings or something more monetary like returning merchandise or picking up merchandise purchased on other channels. You could do what Khol’s did and accept Amazon returns; according to the Motely Fool, Khol’s found that store traffic was 8.5% higher at stores in the program than at those stores that were not (link). While that’s really thinking out of the box and it definitely looks like it’s working out for Khol’s, not everyone can do that or is set up to do that.

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When global digital experience projects fail

If you haven’t heard about the lawsuit the Hertz Corporation has filed against Accenture then you should probably read up on that a little bit before reading this.

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HCL bought WebSphere Commerce, So what now?

It’s been almost five months since the announcement of HCL purchasing WebSphere Commerce from IBM(link). A lot of discussions have been had by the many brands and companies that use WebSphere Commerce to drive a lot of revenue from the e-Channel and more. The fact is, WebSphere Commerce isn’t going anywhere any time soon if ever. Every conversation I have had with anyone at HCL is they intend on investing in WebSphere Commerce and the team they are building is impressive and ready to take on the challenge.

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Book Review: The Alliance – managing talent in the networked age

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This really is an excellent book from the start to the end. The fascinating stories about John Lasseter being fired from Pixar to the effects of “tours of duty” for employees and employers all resonated with me. My military background, the openness of communication described, and even my own career using social media to enhance my network and grow my personal brand were all covered in this quick read gem. The soft reference to Frans Johansson’s writings in The Medici Effect brought my thoughts immediately right back to that book – which remains one of my favorite books.

I highly recommend this book for all managers and employees looking to solidify their careers in a pragmatic way. Building their brand both internally and externally is almost critical in todays world. This book provides almost a blueprint for making all of this possible – retention and employee happiness can easily be achieved through open and honest communication.

Have to give thanks to Jim for recommending it!

The CoreMedia Commerce Hub

It has been pretty widely known our eCommerce integrations with CoreMedia are very popular and in most cases a differentiating implementation advantage we have over our competitors. This isn’t by mistake or luck, but by design. Our LiveContext has been around for quite some time, we actually proved this out with WebSphere Commerce over four years ago – as seen in one of my earlier videos.

This LiveContext has been extended with a generic “hub client” component that then communicates with the various services (IBM, SAP Hybris, SalesForce, etc). With a base implementation we can then incorporate the service implementation for the specific commerce system, welcome, Commerce Hub. The base implementation is configured using Spring Boot which is then encapsulated in a Docker container. This makes DevOps and deployment a snap!

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For a better description and demonstration of how this works, take a look at our DevCon 2019 video for Commerce Hub where Moritz Kleine talks about CoreMedia Commerce Hub:

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What is meant by “headless plus”?

Headless content and headless commerce are gaining momentum at a rapid pace, more than I originally thought it would, to be frank. Technologies like GraphQL have begun to push the rendering responsibilities back to the client, ultimately minimizing bandwidth and server load.

We at CoreMedia use IntelliJ IDEA for our primary development tool in-house, it is very similar to Eclipse in many ways so if you are an Eclipse person the transition should be easy. There is GraphQL support in the IDEA IDE, you also have browser playgrounds like GraphiQL, and of course code generators like graphql-codegen.

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