WebSphere Commerce Version or later

What's new in Version 8 Mod Pack 4

What's new includes information about new functionality and changes in existing functionality from WebSphere Commerce Version 8 to WebSphere Commerce Version 8 Mod Pack 4.

To download the mod pack, see List of available maintenance packages.

WebSphere Commerce Version

jQuery Aurora starter store

The Aurora starter store in WebSphere Commerce is completely written in jQuery 3.1.0, which is one of the most commonly used JavaScript libraries used in dynamic websites. The jQuery AJAX and events API provides an easy to use framework that meets most AJAX requirements for storefront development.

In addition to all the existing features that are supported in the Dojo version of the Aurora starter store, the jQuery version supports the following additional capabilities:

  • Store pages load a minimal number of JavaScript and CSS files, as a build script is provided that merges the code from all the files and then generates fewer files, with all its contents combined and minified. This performance strategy improves the web browser's page load time for store pages.
  • A store function is available to control whether dynamic E-Marketing Spots are loaded either server-side with the page, or loaded after the initial page load is complete, to better support Content Delivery Network (CDN) caching.
  • Interactions in the category page are implemented using full page loads, rather than using AJAX. This strategy simplifies page coding and removes the complexity of handling the web browser's back, forward, and bookmark features.
Note: The jQuery Aurora starter store is available to publish as a separate SAR file. It is available in addition to the existing Dojo-based Aurora starter store, not necessarily as a replacement.
For more information, see jQuery Aurora starter store.

Apple Pay on the Web integration

Apple Pay on the Web integration with WebSphere Commerce provides you with an easy and secure way to accept and process payments. Apple Pay on the Web enables customers to purchase products in the Aurora starter store with a single touch in Safari on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

For more information, see Apple Pay on the Web integration.

Watson Content Hub integration

The Watson Content Hub (formerly DX Content Hub) gives business owners the power to create iconic, robust, and consistent brand experiences by using cloud-based, cognitive content management capabilities. Marketing and merchandising professionals can quickly select content to create relevant offers that are delivered across multiple channels, such as mobile, web-based or email, including those delivered by IBM Watson Campaign Automation and IBM Commerce on Cloud.

For more information, see Watson Content Hub integration.

Tax enhancements

Surcharge tax calculations can be enabled in the Aurora starter store. In some geographic zones, surcharges are added to some products according to local business rules. A surcharge tax results in a new type of tax category. It is required to be collected for some products when surcharges are added to an orders' grand total.

For more information, see Surcharge tax.

IBM Tealeaf Customer Experience on Cloud integration

By integrating Tealeaf Customer Experience on Cloud with WebSphere Commerce, you can track how your customers interact with your web and mobile storefronts. You can use this data to understand shopper behavior and improve the design of your store. Tealeaf Customer Experience on Cloud comes configured with default reports, workspaces, and events. For a more detailed look at how shoppers use your storefront, you can build customized reports, workspaces, and events that suit your business needs.

For more information, see IBM Tealeaf Customer Experience on Cloud integration.

Dynamic Pricing integration

You can integrate Dynamic Pricing, a cloud-based pricing system, with WebSphere Commerce, so merchandisers can quickly analyze and react to pricing changes in the market. Pricing data can be automatically exported from WebSphere Commerce to Dynamic Pricing, where the data then is analyzed in relation to business strategies and other sources of market data. Updated prices can be approved and automatically imported to WebSphere Commerce, so the adjusted prices can appear on the live storefront.

For more information, see IBM Dynamic Pricing.

Support for Oracle 12cR2 databases

You can now use Oracle 12cR2 databases in your development and runtime environments. This includes upgrading your database on existing environments and creating instances with new databases.