With the release of 11.3, Oracle Commerce continues to build on an already flexible, robust framework by implementing features that improve functionality and user interaction to drive business forward.

Although no data migration associated with it and no big architectural change, 11.3 is without a doubt a major release.

Beginning with 11.3, Oracle Commerce will feature simplified interaction via a new REST services framework and service endpoints, improved guided search for language-specific search fields, including type-ahead support for most languages. Enhanced business tools move away from Flex/Flash, simplified customization, increased accessibility and simplified workflow.
Business will see flexible deployment options with Oracle Public Cloud and cloud machine support, as well as updated environments.

PLATFORM AND COMMERCE ENGINE
Among the capabilities of Oracle’s platform and commerce engine is a new, built-in REST services framework. Based on Jersey, this new framework is compliant with JAXRS 2.0, the Java API for REST web services.

This new framework creates a number of benefits for enterprises. It provides alternatives toward a microservices approach. It is in line with current best practices and design styles for REST interfaces, and maintains consistency with other Oracle CX products. Businesses can now reuse business logic used in existing services. Developers who don’t know Oracle Commerce will find a simplified interaction.

This new REST services platform has an out of the box set of services that offer functionality for the core platform to help businesses get up and running quickly.

Other improvements include an updated purge utility. If your business handles large volumes of data, you can run a “purge-all” protocol much faster, whether nightly or once a week, without affecting business users. Content administration now features improved stability in admin operations, as well as simplified SQL queries.

GUIDED SEARCH
In 11.3, all languages can now exist in the same index and support OLT transactions, thus providing additional options for customization. Enhanced type-ahead functionality means you are no longer required to have separately indexed application for languages using OLT analyzer. Fully dynamic language processing now takes effect for type-ahead queries for OLT-indexed languages, and there is improved precision and recall for Chinese type-ahead querying.

There are dedicated REST APIs for core guided search configuration. Search interfaces, index configuration, Thesaurus, redirects, attributes (properties, dimensions) can all be dynamically configured.

These updates mean that core guided search application configuration can be changed without requiring operational deployment, and they provide additional opportunities for automation and integration with other systems and environments.

The advanced REST API for guided search configuration provides “under the hood” access to underlying configuration, can be used to export and import between environments, and simplifies automated backup of configuration.

BUSINESS USER TOOLS
Oracle has built a new UI for Site Administration in its Business Control Center, with a goal toward accessibility. This interface was implemented in Oracle Extensible Javascript Toolkit, developed in conformance with WCAG 2 Standards. Oracle also has removed the Flex UI and made usability improvements.

You’ll find easy visibility of sites within groups, a right-click menu and tree in the left-hand pane.

This is a clean UI with no hidden states. Properties are always available to edit and do not need to be activated. For targeting and segmentation there is also a new UI that is more up-to-date and conforms to accessibility guidelines.

A new software development kit for extending the Experience Manager replaces Flex-based kit. This is an easier solution to business problems not addressed by out of the box cartridges. It is based on Oracle JET, a modular, open-source toolkit based on modern JavaScript, CSS and HTML design and development principles.

Businesses will see progress on consistent UI across Oracle Commerce, a consistency across experience manager, site administration and targeting and segmentation. Elements such as headers, form layouts, icons and labels are common across all updated areas, making UIs easier to learn and understand.

Configuration has been moved from XML to JSON. The JSON input format matches Assembler response (search endpoint), and is easier to understand and work with. This migration allows for better memory usage inside the application server.

On the right-hand column, rules will load faster in the 11.3 interface to allow for quicker listing, searching for and sorting. These improvements apply to configurations with larger numbers of rules.

Oracle Commerce 11.3 features additional UI enhancements: an inline editor in Rich Text cartridge editor, quick delete of boost and buried refinements, a more intuitive boost and bury editor layout and improved slot editor layout.

SUPPORTED ENVIRONMENTS
Oracle Commerce 11.3 is certified to run on Oracle Public Cloud and Oracle Cloud Machine, and supports database versions of OS applications servers.

There is a full commerce suite site support, and Commerce Reference Store, Commerce Store Accelerator and Commerce Service Center have all been updated.

Oracle Commerce 11.3 adds support for Oracle and Red Hat Linux 6.7 and 7.2 operating systems; WebLogic 12.2.1.2, JBoss 7.0, WebSphere 9.0 application servers, as well as continued support for WebLogic 12.1.13; IBM SDK 1.8. It has dropped support for Oracle Java 1.7 except for Endeca Assembler, Presentation and CAS Client APIs.

It supports Microsoft MS SQL 2014, Microsoft Edge, and is certified for iOS 10.

*This overview is meant to serve for informational purposes only and does not include an overview of all features and functionality. Please contact Oracle for fully detailed information.

Oracle Commerce 11.3 Overview