Oracle Commerce 11.3.1 Overview

Oracle Commerce On-Premise Release Version 11.3.1 Summary

By: Mat Herron, Community Writer

Oracle is pleased to announce the release of Oracle Commerce On-Premise version 11.3.1.

 

11.3.1 is classified as a minor release. It will include a full install and patch upgrade, and Oracle will not be resetting support timelines. Historically, the release number implied how Oracle released the new version, but moving forward, each version will be identified by the model it will follow and will not be tied to a specific release number.

 

“Oracle is excited about the number of new capabilities included in 11.3.1: improved tools for business users, better performance and flexible deployment options with updated support environments and official Docker support,” stated Gary Kirschner.

Platform and Commerce Engine

The Promotions Engine uses a new rules engine to determine if promotions are applicable, which provides performance improvements for pricing operations that have large numbers of promotions. This will improve site responsiveness and performance.

Guided Search

“We have made a number of major improvements with respect to Guided Search. First, we have improved indexing times, especially of content in OLT languages. Second, automatic thread assignment simplifies configuration with each environment taking advantage of available hardware,” added Kirschner.

 

In addition, Oracle added classification of synonyms, streamlining integration with external systems and allowing the definition of potential synonyms for a list of dimension values.. Further, new data transformations, Regex Aplit and Json Split, now allow the system to manipulate source data to manage complex navigation/filtering requirements. Data can be stored in a delimited or JSON format, then expand to multi-value for use in navigation and filtering. Lastly, auto-wildcarding is now available in all search interfaces, so that any interface used for search type-ahead will enable all members for pattern matching. This also streamlines index configuration by removing the requirement to independently wildcard all properties.

Business User Tools

The Business Control Center (BCC) now features new UIs for access control, and for both preview and external users.

 

Oracle has removed Flex legacy technology in favor of Oracle Javascript Extension Toolkit (JET), a modular open-source toolkit based on modern Javascript, HTML and CSS design and development principles. It is a clean UI with no hidden states. Properties are always available to edit, so there’s no need to activate them. Oracle has also created a new UI for preview components (Toolbar, Light Table, Growl messages), removing Flex and moving to JET. Also the login UI, Home Page and Project Creation Pages have been updated to conform to WCAG 2.0 AA standards.

 

Oracle has also improved the Site Administration, Targeting and Segmentation UIs, to remove Flex from various dialog boxes and to better share data across various portions of the BCC.

 

The Experience Manager (EM) Tree has been rewritten in Oracle JET, conforms to accessibility standards, and now performs better when loading, especially for customers with large number of rules. EM rule lists have resizable columns to prevent truncation of long entries. Published EM projects, which cannot be viewed, will now be deleted, thereby alleviating performance problems due to the accumulation of large numbers of projects. Overall, users will notice a more consistent UI across Oracle Commerce that is easier to learn and understand.

 

New UIs have been created for Thesaurus, Keyword Redirects, the EAC Admin Console, User Management, and other functions to remove Flex and make accessible.

Additional Resources

Oracle Commerce On-Premise Release Version 11.3.1 Summary