HCL Launches Commerce V9.1 – Elasticsearch, Storefronts for B2B and B2C

Written by Jeethu Augustine

WCS Senior Lead at Royal Cyber

The wait is finally over, HCL has launched Commerce V9.1 on June 24, the first release under HCL leadership. The three main objectives of V9.1 are providing world-class customer experience, optimized merchandizing, and cloud native commerce. All of them contributing to the improved customer buying experience and an increase in business conversion rates.

The Most Exciting Among the New Features are:

Elasticsearch: HCL is offering a completely revamped search solution. Solr is replaced by faster and effective AI and ML-driven Elasticsearch. Elasticsearch with Core Natural Language Processing ensures improved personalized search results. It has voice, image, and barcode search capabilities. It has the intelligence and analytics to understand the parts of a speech, and search beyond the keywords, understanding the customer’s intent. And what Core NLP offers is better tokenization, faster processing speed, large trained data dictionary, result accuracy, and supports multiple languages. This would be further enhanced in the later releases.

Two New Storefronts: Named Sapphire and Emerald, the V9.1 has exclusive storefronts for B2B and B2C, respectively. The powerful, new storefront is written in REACT and fully API driven. And for the first time with the ability to create SPA, which ensures responsive design with faster load time, and innovate and customize storefront. And the storefront has downloadable Progressive Web Application (PWA) support, enabling the customers to download your website and browse and select items even while offline.

Built-in CMS and DAM: CMS and DAM capabilities will be delivered within the Commerce suite, avoiding the hassle of buying a separate Content Management Solution. HCL Digital Experience (DX) would simplify the process of editing or adding any content to the storefront. A few among the new CMS capabilities:

  • Integrate Commerce artifacts into DX

  • Content preview in storefront from the Commerce Management Center

  • Unified Commerce and DX provisioning in Kubernetes

A Few More Features of V9.1

Also, HCL has extended its partnership with Google Cloud, and GCP is now the preferred cloud platform for HCL Commerce customers. GCP provides the best-in-class security, hybrid and multi-cloud, and embedded AI and ML that would help accelerate business processes. HCL Commerce V9, together with Google Cloud Platform, is more elastic, agile, and reliable, and can drive digital transformation at ease.

What Next: The HCL Commerce V9.1.x Roadmap

Here are the future releases V9.1.1, V9.1.2, and V9.1.3, and a few features that will be available - Quoting and RFQ Capabilities, One-click Checkouts, Search Enhancements.

Royal Cyber is an HCL Solution Partner and offers comprehensive V9.1 package. Kindly write to us at [email protected] or visit www.royalcyber.com to know more about V9.1 or our GCP capabilities.

The wait is finally over, HCL has launched Commerce V9.1 on June 24, the first release under HCL leadership. The three main objectives of V9.1 are providing world-class customer experience, optimized merchandizing, and cloud native commerce. All of them contributing to the improved customer buying experience and an increase in business conversion rates.

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