11.3.2 Overview

Oracle Commerce On-Premise 11.3.2 Overview

Oracle Commerce 11.3.2 is the latest version of the on-premise Oracle Commerce solution. This latest version provides a number of enhancements and improvements that better enable merchants of all types to manage site content and experiences with a new set of business user tools and industry support. Oracle Commerce 11.3.2 is a minor release, with both a full install and a patch install provided by Oracle.

 

Key areas of enhancements in Oracle Commerce 11.3.2 include:

 

  • Improved Tools for Business Users: Both the Business Control Center (BCC) and Workbench have been substantially updated to remove Flash and Flex completely and replaced with HTML 5 and JavaScript. In addition to running Commerce with a fully supported software stack, these updates include changes that make the tools easier to customize, extend and use, and also provides for new UIs developed in conformance with accessibility standards.

  • Ease of Deployment: This version adds support for new versions of operating systems, application servers, etc.

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Oracle Commerce Busienss Control Center (BCC)

In this release, all remaining Flex has been removed from the Oracle Commerce Business Control Center (BCC). All of the user interfaces (UIs) that had been based on Flex have now been rewritten using Oracle JET. The JET UIs have been developed in conformance with accessibility standards:
  • Revised US Section 508
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA
The new JET UIs include the following:  
  • Catalog
  • Content
  • Catalog Media
  • Promotions, Coupons, and Stacking Rules
  • Store Locations
  • Store Text
  • The areas of Preview that were still in Flex (Promotions Visibility, the editors, and the Asset Tray)
  • Merchandising Home
Any BCC customizations written in Flex must be rewritten in JET. The document, “Customizing Oracle Commerce Merchandising,” available on the My Oracle Support site, describes various methods for customizing the Merchandising UI, including information about customizations using JET.

 

The JSP UIs in the BCC have been updated in conformance with Revised US Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standards. These UIs include:
  • Price Lists
  • SEO Tags
  • CA Projects
  • CA Assets
  • CA Console
To improve performance, pagination has been added to the navigation pane in Merchandising. A page includes 100 assets when the pane is in Browse mode, and 200 assets in Find mode. If you select items on one page and navigate to another page, your selections persist.  

 

In addition, context menus have been added to the navigation pane in Merchandising. Menu items previously in the Actions menu are now available in the context menu.

 

In the last two releases, the Asset Tray was empty (11.3) or read-only (11.3.1) in Site Administration and Targeting and Segmentation. In this release, you can reorder or remove Asset Tray items in these areas of the BCC.

 

The completion of the move from Flex to JET in the BCC and in Workbench (see the next section) contributes to the common look and feel across Oracle Commerce – that is, across the BCC, Experience Manager, and other Workbench applications.

 

Some of the benefits of these changes include:
  • Oracle JET is a modular, open source toolkit based on up-to-date JavaScript, CSS, and HTML design and development principles
  • The new UIs are designed with no hidden states. Properties are always available to edit, with no need to activate them first
  • Removes Flex technology, which will soon not be supported
  • Conformance with accessibility standards
  • Scalable performance when loading many assets
  • Quick access to common operations
  • Expanded scope for use of the Asset Tray to organize and keep track of specific assets
  • UI elements and gestures are predictable and consistent
  • UIs are easier to learn and understand
  • UIs use updated, industry-standard designs

Oracle Commerce Workbench

In this release, all remaining Flex has been removed from Oracle Commerce Workbench, including Experience Manager. All of the UIs that had been based on Flex have now been rewritten using Oracle JET. The JET UIs have been developed in conformance with accessibility standards: Revised US Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA.
The new JET UIs are the following:
  • Data Sources (“CAS Console”)
  • Image Selector dialog in Experience Manager
The remaining Workbench UIs that were not Flex-based have been updated in conformance with Revised US Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standards. These UIs include:
  • Workbench Login, Menu, and Home page
  • Experience Manager Preview hotspot menus
  • User Segments
  • Preview Settings
  • Reports
  • Report Scheduler
Experience Manager support for videos stored in the MDEX has been added. When you store a video in the MDEX, you can also store a caption file and associate it with the video. The video player in the Experience Manager’s Media editor now provides a caption control. When you view the video in the Media Editor and turn on captioning, the captions in the associated file are displayed. In conformance with accessibility guidelines, the controls for turning captions on and off are provided at the same UI level as the volume controls. 

 

In addition, in the 11.3 release, the ability to search for Experience Manager rules based on the Location field had been removed because matching against Location caused searches to be slow. In response to customer requests, matching against Location has been reinstated, but has been made optional. The search box in all List views (Find Rules, Folder List, Slot Contents, Audit) now has a toggle for whether to search the Location field.

 

In response to customer requests, a draggable vertical splitter between the left-hand “mini-tree” of sections and the right-hand editor pane in Experience Manager has been added.

 

Also in response to customer requests, a vertical scroll to the Experience Manager mini-tree has been added. 

 

Some of the benefits of these changes include:
  • Oracle JET is a modular, open source toolkit based on up-to-date JavaScript, CSS, and HTML design and development principles
  • Removes Flex technology, which will soon not be supported
  • Conformance with accessibility standards
  • Business user can preview videos with captions before displaying them on the end user website
  • Enhances Media editor’s conformance with accessibility standards
  • Decide whether to include Location for any given search
  • Easily find all rules defined for a specific Location (e.g., a combination of category and brand)
  • Exclude Location for better performance when search on Location is not needed
  • Easily widen the mini-tree to accommodate long text without using the bottom horizontal scrollbar
  • Scroll the mini-tree independently of the editor so that you can easily find items in a long mini-tree while keeping the editor visible

Oracle Commerce Reference Applications

Commerce 11.3.2 includes Commerce Service Center (CSC), with minor bug fixes and updates. Note that the Commerce Reference Store (CRS), CRS mobile iOS app, and the Assisted Selling Application are not included in this release.

Oracle Commerce Deprecated Integrations

Several integrations that have in the past been validated with each Commerce release will not be validated and released with the 11.3.2 release.  This includes the following integration packages:
  • Oracle Commerce to Oracle Marketing Cloud (Responsys)
  • Oracle Commerce to Oracle Service Cloud (RightNow)
  • Oracle Commerce and Social Relationship Management

Oracle Commerce Supported Environments

Key updates and changes to the Supported Environments for Oracle Commerce include the following:
  • Operating systems
    • Added support for Windows 2016
  • Application servers
    • Removed support for WebLogic Server 12.1.3
    • Added support for JBoss 7.2
    • Removed support for JBoss 7.0
  • Database
    • Added support for Oracle Database 19c
    • Added support for MSSQL 2016
    • Dropped support for MSSQL 2014
  • Browser
    • Dropped support for Adobe Flash Player
    • Added support for Safari 12
  • JDBC Driver
    • Added support for MSSQL JBDC 6.4
    • Added support for MySQL Connect (dev only) 8.0
  • Containers
    • Added support for running Oracle Commerce within Docker containers, 18.x
  • .NET support
    • Dropped support for 2.0

 

Please refer to the Oracle Commerce Supported Environments Matrix for the full set of supported applications.

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