Deprecated functionality

If you are migrating from an earlier version of WebSphere Commerce, be aware of the various features that are deprecated or removed from this and earlier releases.

Within the Knowledge Center, this icon Deprecated feature indicates deprecated functionality.

Deprecated features

If a feature is listed as deprecated, IBM might remove this capability in a subsequent release of the product. Future investment will be focused on the strategic function listed under Recommended action. Typically, a feature is not removed for one major release or five full years (whichever time period is longer) after the release in which that feature is deprecated. For example, if a feature was deprecated in Version 6 (released June 2006), then IBM can remove the deprecated feature in a major release on or after June 2011. Version 6.0 and Version 7.0 are considered major releases. Fix packs and feature packs are not major releases. In rare cases, it might become necessary to remove features sooner; such cases are indicated clearly and explicitly in the descriptions of these deprecated features.

The following features are deprecated in this and earlier releases of WebSphere Commerce:

Store archive separation

The store archive separation feature released with WebSphere Commerce Feature Pack 7 is deprecated. There is no replacement option.

Customer care

The customer care feature is deprecated in WebSphere Commerce Version 7.

Recommended action:

Use either LivePerson or Powerfront. Both solutions are available from the IBM Commerce Business Partner Solutions site under the Community, Social & Customer Engagement section of the page.

Feature Pack 8

Elite starter store

The Elite starter store is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. Use the B2B Aurora starter store as a starting point.

Recommended action:

Publish the Aurora starter store as a B2B direct store. For more information, see Aurora as a B2B direct starter store.

Feature Pack 8

MayUJoy starter store

The MayUJoy starter store is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. The MayUJoy starter store provided all the pages and features necessary for a functioning consumer direct online store for the Chinese market.

Recommended action:

Publish the Aurora starter store. Use the Aurora starter store as the starting point and use the Commerce Composer to modify the pages and layouts to fit the Chinese market.

Feature Pack 8

Brazil starter store

The Brazil starter store is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. The Brazil starter store provided all the pages and features necessary for a functioning consumer direct online store for the Brazilian market.

Recommended action:

Publish the Aurora starter store. Use the Aurora starter store as the starting point, customize the store to add the Brazil starter store capabilities, and use the Commerce Composer to modify the pages and layouts to fit the Brazilian market.

Feature Pack 8

Consumer direct sample store

The Consumer direct sample store is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. The Consumer direct sample store illustrated the tasks that a consumer can perform at a retailer's e-commerce site under the consumer direct business model. The Consumer Direct store is now replaced by the Aurora starter store.

Recommended action:

Publish the Aurora starter store. Use the Aurora starter store as the starting point.

Feature Pack 8

Advanced B2B direct starter store

The advanced B2B direct starter store is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. The advanced B2B direct starter store supported commerce transactions that involve products, services, or information between two businesses or parties.

Recommended action:

Publish the Aurora starter store as a B2B direct store. The Advanced B2B direct store is replaced by the B2B Aurora starter store. Use the Aurora starter store as the staring point.

Feature Pack 8

Madisons starter store

Madisons starter store is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. Madisons starter store provided all of the pages and features necessary for a functioning consumer direct online store.

Recommended action:

Publish the Aurora starter store. The Madisons store is replaced by the Aurora starter store. Use the Aurora starter store as the starting point.

Feature Pack 8

Taxware integration

The taxware integration is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. Integration for Taxware is now built and supported by Taxware.

Recommended action:

For up-to-date integration information and instructions, see Taxware - Sales and Use Tax System under IBM Commerce Partner Solutions.

Feature Pack 8

Portal Integration

Portal integration is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. The Portal integration allowed to you aggregate WebSphere Commerce services and other content in a portal interaction environment.

Recommended action:

The integration is now with a REST API. No integration work required.

Feature Pack 8

WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus support for Order Management Integration

The WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus support for Order Management Integration is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8.

Recommended action:

Contact WebSphere Commerce support.

Feature Pack 8

Supply chain business model

The supply chain business model is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. The supply chain business model composed of the enterprises that provided services to a business.

Feature Pack 8

Demand chain business model

The demand chain business model is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. The demand chain business model composed of the enterprises that sold a business's goods or services.

Feature Pack 8

LikeMinds

LikeMinds is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. LikeMinds is a collaborative filtering engine that analyzes user interactions that occur on your website and generates real-time predictions and recommendations to your website users, which are displayed using Web activities.

Recommended action:

IBM Product Recommendations replaces LikeMinds, and automatically generates personalized product recommendations on the storefront. The recommendations are based on the browsing, shopping, and purchasing behavior of individual customers. For up-to-date integration information and instructions, see IBM Product Recommendations.

Feature Pack 8

Coshopping

Coshopping is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. Coshopping enabled two shoppers to explore a store, view products and chat about products together.

Recommended action:

Integration with Vidioly, a video-based co-shopping.

Feature Pack 8

(SocialCommerce.sar) Social Commerce

Social Commerce is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. Social Commerce provided social networking capabilities, enabling a store to integrate user-generated content into the storefront.

Recommended action:

The social commerce integration is no longer supported. The integration depends on the IBM WebSphere sMash application, which is no longer available (see Software withdrawal and discontinuance of support: IBM WebSphere sMash). If you have further questions, contact WebSphere Commerce support.

Feature Pack 8

Auctions

Auctions are deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. WebSphere Commerce provided an auctioning component that sold products to the highest bidder. Auctions were created in WebSphere Commerce Accelerator.

Feature Pack 8

Triple DES for encryption

Triple DES for encryption is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 8. Triple DES provided the encryption for sensitive data in the database, such as credit card data and passwords.

Recommended action:

Use AES for encryption. For up-to-date information and instructions, see WebSphere Commerce security model.

Feature Pack 7 or later

Bazaarvoice integration for ratings and reviews

Integration that is provided for Bazaarvoice Conversations PRR through WebSphere Commerce and described in the WebSphere Commerce documentation is now deprecated.

Recommended action:

Integration for Bazaarvoice Conversations, a more recent offering, is now built and supported by Bazaarvoice. For up-to-date integration information and instructions, see Bazaarvoice under IBM Commerce Partner Solutions.

Feature Pack 6 or later

Massload utility

The massload utility is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 6. This functionality was used to load an XML input file into a target database.

Recommended action:

The Data Load utility is used to load CSV and XML input files into a target database. This utility replaces the loading functionality included in the massload utility. It is recommended that you use the Data Load utility to load data into your database. If your system contains scheduled and automated processes that use massload, it is recommended that you update these processes to use the Data Load utility. Other WebSphere Commerce utilities that use the massload utility, such as the acpload utility, continue to use the massload utility in WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 6. If you have business reasons to continue using the massload utility, you can continue to use this utility.

Feature Pack 5 or later

sMash based implementation of Social Bridging and Social Commerce

The sMash based implementation of Social Bridging and Social Commerce is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 5. This deprecation includes server-side integration of product ratings and reviews using sMash. Facebook integration that is delivered in WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 4, is not affected.

Recommended action:

Use the Bazaarvoice hosted integration for ratings and reviews. Integration for Bazaarvoice is now built and supported by Bazaarvoice. For up-to-date integration information and instructions, see Bazaarvoice under IBM Commerce Partner Solutions.

Introduced in Feature Pack 3

Workspace Administration Tool

The Workspace Administration tool is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 3. This feature was used to manage workspaces and workspace-related activities.

Recommended action:

The Workspace Management tool, replaces all of the workspace management features in the Workspace Administration Tool. It is recommended that you use the ../../com.ibm.commerce.management-center.doc/concepts/cwoworkspacetool.html in the Management Center to manage your workspaces. However, if you have business reasons to continue using the Workspace Administration Tool, you can re-enable it.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

Change Flow

The Change Flow feature in WebSphere Commerce Accelerator is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2. This feature was used to configure a store to support certain features.
Note: Beginning in Feature Pack 2, change flows are referred to as store functions.

Recommended action:

Migrate any existing change flow data from WebSphere Commerce Accelerator so that it appears as store function options in the ../../com.ibm.commerce.management-center.doc/concepts/cststoremanagementtool.html within Management Center. Use the to select the supported functions in your store. In the properties view for the selected store, use the available tabs to specify the store functions. For example, use the Registration tab to select which optional fields to display on the Registration and Change Personal Information pages.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

Manage Files

The Manage Files feature in WebSphere Commerce Accelerator is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2. This feature was used to upload new catalog files, such as images of products for your store, or to reorganize existing files.

Recommended action:

Use the ../../com.ibm.commerce.management-center.doc/concepts/cttattachmentstool.html in Management Center to work with attachments, managed files, and managed directories.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

Change Page

The Change Page feature in WebSphere Commerce Accelerator is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2. This feature was used to change text in store pages and notification messages.

Recommended action:

Use the Marketing tool in Management Center to create an e-Marketing Spot and populate the e-Marketing Spot with the content that you want to display in the store page. To view an example of how e-Marketing Spots are used to populate a store page with content, see the Help/Contact Us page in the Madisons starter store.

For more information about adding and changing messages in store pages, see Adding and changing messages.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

Banner

The Banner feature in WebSphere Commerce Accelerator is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2. This feature was used to select from available banners or upload a new banner file for your store.

Recommended action:

Use the Marketing tool in Management Center to create an e-Marketing Spot in the banner area of a store page and populate the e-Marketing Spot with the content you want to display. To view an example of how an e-Marketing Spot is used to display banner content in a store page, see the Home page in the Brazil starter store.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

Upload Logo

The Upload Logo feature in WebSphere Commerce Accelerator is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2. This feature was used to upload a new logo for your store.

Recommended action:

Use the Marketing tool in Management Center to change the e-Marketing Spot in the logo area of a store page. By default, this e-Marketing spot is named storeLogoESpot.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

Configuration noun

The ability to get the store currency or store language from the Configuration noun is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2. The following unique IDs are deprecated from the Configuration noun:
  • com.ibm.commerce.foundation.supportedLanguages
  • com.ibm.commerce.foundation.defaultLanguage
  • com.ibm.commerce.foundation.supportedCurrencies
  • com.ibm.commerce.foundation.defaultCurrency

Recommended action:

Use the OnlineStore noun to get the currency and language for your store.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

Catalog tooling in WebSphere Commerce Accelerator

The Catalog tooling feature in WebSphere Commerce Accelerator is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2. The Product Management Tool allows you to manage the products in your store's master catalog using various wizards and notebooks.

Recommended action:

Use the Catalogs tool in the Management Center.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

Promotion tooling in WebSphere Commerce Accelerator

The Promotion tooling feature in WebSphere Commerce Accelerator is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2. This feature is used to create and manage promotions.

Recommended action:

Use the Promotions tool in the Management Center.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

Marketing tooling in WebSphere Commerce Accelerator

The Marketing tooling feature in WebSphere Commerce Accelerator is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2. This feature is used by Marketing Managers to manage the activities that support your site's marketing campaigns

Recommended action:

Use the Marketing tool in the Management Center.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

Price adjustment in contract tooling

The Price adjustment in contract tooling feature is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2. This feature was used to update your contract product and pricing terms and conditions without creating a new version of a contract.

Recommended action:

Use the Catalog Filter and Pricing tool in the Management Center.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

Extended sites catalog filter tooling

The Extended sites catalog filter tooling feature is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2. This feature was used to select or hide the products from a master catalog, and make percentage price adjustments to the products within the catalog.

Recommended action:

Use the Catalog Filter and Pricing tool in the Management Center.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

B2B Contract catalog filter tooling

The B2B Contract catalog filter tooling feature is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2. The Catalog Filter from within the WebSphere Commerce Accelerator is used to filter the catalog to a specific set of users and exclude any products in the master catalog that you do not want to sell at your store.

Recommended action:

Use the Catalog Filter and Pricing tool in the Management Center.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

Marketing engine

The old Marketing engine is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2. The old marketing engine supported two marketing versions:
  • Classic: The marketing runtime that works with WebSphere Commerce Accelerator
  • Dialog: The marketing services that work with Management Center.

Recommended action:

Use the new Marketing engine. The WebSphere Commerce Version 7 marketing engine supports the marketing services that work with Management Center.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

Content spots

Content spots are deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2. Content spots are created using the Content Spot wizard in the WebSphere Commerce Accelerator.

Recommended action:

Use eSpots with default content.

Introduced in Feature Pack 2

OMS/ERP integration

OMS/ERP integration is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7 Feature Pack 2.

Recommended action:

Use DOM integration. DOM integration enhances the shopping flow in the Madisons starter store, while enhancing backend system integration with WebSphere Commerce. This integration provides comprehensive coverage of the order lifecycle across channels, from capture to fulfillment.

WebSphere Commerce Payments

WebSphere Commerce Payments is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7. The preferred solution is to use the Payments subsystem and the appropriate plug-in.

Recommended action:

If you are using WebSphere Commerce Payments with one of the following cassettes, plan to migrate your system to one of the new plug-ins.
  • Paymentech Cassette
  • Offline Card Cassette
  • CustomOffline Cassette

If you are using the Cassette for BankServACH or the Cassette for VisaNet, plan to migrate your payments solution by create a custom payment plug-in that replaces the payment cassettes:

Limitations:

WebSphere Commerce Payments does not support DB2 Version 9.7 or WebSphere Application Server 64 bit.

Product Advisor

The Product Advisor is deprecated for WebSphere Commerce Version 7. WebSphere Commerce search provides enhanced search capabilities over the Product Advisor.

Recommended action:

For more information, see WebSphere Commerce search.

PriceTCMasterCatalogWithOptionalAdjustment

The PriceTCMasterCatalogWithOptionalAdjustment term and condition in the contract model is deprecated.

Recommended action:

Use the PriceTCMasterCatalogWithFiltering term and condition type.

Rational Application Developer Version 7.5, Version 8.0.4, and Rational Software Architect Version 7.5 support

Support for IBM Rational Application Developer Version 7.5, 8.0 and IBM Rational Software Architect Version 7.5 is deprecated for Version 7 because IBM Rational announced the end of support for those versions. For more information, see About the end of support announcement for IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere 7.5.

Recommended action:

Install Rational Application Developer Version 8.5.5.3, or a higher Version 8.5.5 fix pack.