What’s New with 18D?

Oracle’s Commerce Cloud (OCC) 18D upgrade is now available.  Here is a link to all that is included in this upgrade.  We wanted to point out the 2 areas that we feel are most important to our clients:

  • Support for Multiple Catalogs
  • Search Data

Support for Multiple Catalogs:

Oracle’s description of this new functionality is:  Manage independent catalogs for brand sites or other sites that have unique catalog hierarchies. Includes support for truly unassigned products and collections, linking collections across multiple catalogs, and allowing a collection to exist multiple times in the same catalog hierarchy.

What does this mean for our clients?

The requirement to have one master catalog that drives the organization and definitions of products on every child catalog is no longer true starting with the 18D release.  Each site or B2B customer can have their own independent catalog that can be defined and organized in any way desired, and products can be unique between those catalogs.  An independent catalog can contain links to collections and products that are already in other catalogs, or it can contain collections and products that are not associated with any other catalogs.  As catalogs grow, management of them can become complex.   The benefit of the 18D release is that independent catalogs for different sites/customers decrease the administrative burden for companies with large catalogs.

Search Data:

Oracle’s description of this new functionality is:  The Search Data API now allows merchants to upload any structured data as JSON and it is indexed automatically, making it accessible via all of the advanced search and navigation capabilities of OCC Search. This allows for non-catalog data to be indexed and presented in search results, so that shoppers can find and navigate content, such as buying guides, store locations, customer service and marketing content.

What does this mean for our clients?

The benefit of the 18D release is that businesses can upload JSON files that contain information in external content repositories.  For example, if you have additional product data in an external data system, that information can be extracted, put into JSON and uploaded into OCC.  This allows users to search through that data as easily as they search for products today. This cuts down on the effort needed to get articles, guides, and other content into the catalog so that it is searchable.  Now this content can be uploaded and indexed automatically, and it becomes searchable just as if it’s in the catalog.

Have more questions?  Give us a call at 847-854-5990 ext 232 to discuss this upgrade in greater detail.