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This release is about simplifying your commerce. We know that companies are increasingly relying on a variety of solutions, usually from multiple vendors, to create a cohesive and personalized customer experience across markets, channels, and business models. But bringing together so many solutions lead to overly complex, custom integrations, proprietary data exchange mechanisms, and custom user interfaces-even for admin capabilities.
According to Forrester's Predictions 2023: eCommerce, “In 2023, a third of digital businesses will abandon or restructure midstream projects that prove too complex to execute or maintain.”
Adobe Commerce allows businesses to focus on delivering immediate value instead of lengthy and complex implementations. In their January release, they are introducing new extensibility capabilities designed to reduce the time needed to integrate services and deploy new features while also lightening the cost to maintain and upgrade your composable commerce site.
Adobe Developer App Builder is a serverless extensibility platform used for integrating and creating custom experiences to extend Adobe solutions. This feature is now available for Adobe Commerce.
With App Builder, you can build secure and scalable apps that extend Adobe Commerce-native functionality as well as integrate with third-party solutions.
Adobe handles all of the provisioning and managing compute, storage, and CDN capacity so developers can focus on building apps in a low-code environment.
App Builder also includes API Mesh, which is an API orchestration layer that can combine multiple sources of API into a single unified graph. API Mesh uses GraphQL, code that Briteskies helped develop with Adobe. Developers can easily add, upgrade, or replace Adobe and third-party services into a mesh through simple configurations. If needed, these APIs can be extended right at the mesh using App Builder.
With API Mesh, merchant developers no longer need to understand how to connect and authenticate with all the services needed for the shopping experiences, they simply query the API Mesh and it takes care of retrieving data from the appropriate place. It can even cache API responses to deliver faster performance.
Most importantly, App Builder requires no customization to the core product code. This simplifies upgrades and lowers the total cost of ownership.
Adobe I/O Events provides a seamless way to capture events and transfer data from Adobe Commerce to other systems to build near-to-real-time apps and integrations. Developers can build apps in App Builder that subscribe to over 500 commerce events like inventory updates, order status, price changes, and many, many more. These events are captured by Adobe I/O Events and automatically notify the appropriate apps to act on them. Adobe I/O Events can also call webhooks for easy integration with third-party systems.
The introduction of these two powerful capabilities helps businesses leverage the benefits of composable architecture and lower development and maintenance overheads. Merchants can get up and running fast with this feature-rich commerce foundation and available advanced services, such as Live Search and Product Recommendations.
They can also go above and beyond core functionality and easily integrate with third-party solutions or replace Adobe services with best-of-breed options using API Mesh.
Developers can extend the API and native capabilities in a low-code, scalable environment using App Builder, and the comprehensive Events make it easy for developers to exchange data to choreograph the entire buyer journey. These services are available to all Adobe Commerce customers, and an allocation of App Builder capacity is included at no additional cost for Adobe Commerce Cloud customers.
Adobe is simplifying deployment and onboarding for Catalog Service. Catalog Service is now integrated with API Mesh for fast and easy deployment. Also, onboarding has never been easier. Catalog Service can now be automatically enabled by setting up the Commerce Services Connector and entering an API Key through the Admin UI.
With this update, Catalog Service makes it even easier for merchants to benefit from up to 10 times performance improvement in product data retrieval.
Live Search now references inventory status to hide out-of-stock products in search results. For this, you will need to set the “display out-of-stock products” configuration to “no” in the Adobe Commerce Admin.
Quick Checkout now includes comprehensive reporting so you can get detailed information on your site’s checkout experience, statistics, including checkout time, cart abandonment, and orders by account type.
With feature releases and upgrades like these Adobe is improving the eCommerce experience at every level.
Customers, merchants, and developers are reaping the benefits. Are you ready to join them?