Ucommerce 9 Webinar: Key Take-Aways

Last week, we hosted a webinar about our upcoming release: Ucommerce 9. We are very humble and grateful for the great interest in Ucommerce which we could really feel. Thank you to all who attended! As promised, we are now releasing the full webinar and the key take-aways in an easy and digestible form for all of you who were not able to attend.

Firstly, we are actually doing another live webinar about Ucommerce 9 to accommodate for time zone differences. As a global company, it is important to adapt to our international partners and customers. Søren Spelling Lund will once again be the host of the show and be ready to answer any questions you may have. 

The next webinar about Ucommerce 9 will take place on the 14th of April at 4 pm (GMT +2).

Click here to sign up and to read more! 

 


If you do not have the time to participate in the next webinar nor watch the full webinar, we have made a list with the key take-aways and some of the more prominent questions and concerns raised. However, we do recommend that you watch the webinar to see Søren do a demo of V9. It provides a much clearer picture of what V9 is and how it looks. If a picture says more than 1000 words, then a video must say a lot more! 

 

 

Key Take-Aways 

Overall

Ucommerce V9 is the biggest release since V1. It includes two focus areas: Performance and UI. Be able to create fast solutions with the new API and enjoy updated and seamless UI. 

“I’m quite excited about Ucommerce 9. It is our biggest release since V1 back in 2008.” 

- Founder and CPO, Søren Spelling Lund

Project Bolt

With stellar performance Bolt is able to reach sub 1-second page load time for 1.000.000 products. In Q1, we are shipping a new search provider, Lucene. Later, we will ship with Elastic Search as well to enable scalability across multiple servers.  For more thorough presentation and elaboration of Bolt, check out these links: 

 

Project Kondo

Project Kondo is the code name for our new revamped UIs. We have moved to a more modern UI stack on Vue.js. Currently, Team Kondo is working on refining workflows by introducing focused apps; Catalogs app (focus on building catalogs) and Product app (focus on editing products). To read more about Kondo, check out the following links:

Also, during the next week we will publish another blog post about Kondo where we will show how it actually looks in V9. Stay tuned. 

“Everything is fast, everything is fluid. And it works with lots of products in the backend” 

- Founder and CPO, Søren Spelling Lund

Roadmap

We made the decision to postpone the planned release to the 15th of April due to Covid-19. However, we are shipping everything as planned. For Q2, Bolt will get a multi-server provider and Kondo will focus on Marketing Foundation. The rest of 2020 will be spent implementing the rest of the Ucommerce back-end in Kondo and adjusting according to feedback. Read more about the roadmap here. 

 


Key Questions and Concerns about V9

During and after the webinar, really good questions and concerns were raised about V9. We have collected the top five subjects and invited Søren Spelling Lund to address them. 

Migration 

We have successfully ported Avenue Clothing to BOLT. It was a lot easier than first expected due to MVC pattern. However, we do acknowledge that migration is a concern for many. To know more about migration, check out this video: A Look Into our API

Ucommerce 9 for Sitecore and Sitefinity

We will begin making V9 compatible with Sitecore and Sitefinity early April.

Search Engines 

In the first release, Q1, we will ship with Lucene as search provider. In Q2, we will add another provider, Elastic Search, that enables scalability across servers. 

Advanced price calculations 

We calculate prices as far as possible when indexing, so we only have to do it once. Price calculations that require more context, e.g. bundle based discounts will continue to require a runtime calculation.

Certification of V9

Documentation is up first, then we will focus on updating the certification material for V9. However, it will be available before Q2. 

 


Feedback is the Breakfast of Champions

Feedback is crucial for us. In fact, Ucommerce 9 is driven by feedback from our partners. So, we would really appreciate it if you want to share your thoughts with us about V9, specific bits, general concerns, or anything really. 

 

Please either share your feedback in the comments or send them to [email protected]


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