Oracle Commerce has been a cornerstone for large enterprises seeking a scalable and feature-rich eCommerce solution. However, with so many new eCommerce technologies on the market, companies are reevaluating their platform choices to ensure they have the right technology to take them into the future. In this article, we will explore the merits of on-premise Oracle Commerce implementations and the considerations involved in deciding whether to stick with it or explore alternative options.
It is important to note that in October 2023, Oracle hosted a webinarassuring that they have no intention of discontinuing support or announcing end of life for their platform anytime soon. Oracle Commerce 11.4 is tentatively scheduled to make its appearance sometime “mid 2024” and they continue to publish security patches on about a quarterly basis.
Keep reading to discover the advantages of Oracle Commerce and considerations for sticking with Oracle or exploring alternative technologies.
Advantages of Oracle Commerce:
Scalability and Performance: Oracle Commerce is known for its ability to handle large-scale operations and high traffic volumes. The platform's architecture allows for scalability, ensuring that it can grow with your business.
Comprehensive Features: Oracle Commerce provides a wide range of features, from catalog management, merchandising and search to order processing and customer service. The platform is equipped with tools for personalization, allowing businesses to tailor the shopping experience.
Integration Capabilities: Oracle Commerce integrates well with other Oracle products, creating a unified ecosystem for businesses that use multiple Oracle applications. Oracle Commerce has a robust set of pre-packaged Web Services that can be utilized or expanded upon to integrate with external systems or other UX interfaces.
Security and Compliance: Oracle Commerce prioritizes security, offering robust features to protect sensitive customer data. The platform is designed to meet industry compliance standards, providing peace of mind for businesses in regulated sectors. Quarterly patch releases to address security vulnerabilities will continue to be provided for the foreseeable future.
Considerations for Sticking with Oracle Commerce:
Investment Protection: Businesses that have heavily invested in Oracle Commerce and are on the latest version (11.3.2 as of this writing) may find it cost-effective to stick with the platform rather than undertaking a complex migration.
Familiarity and Training: If your IT team is already familiar with Oracle Commerce, Java and Endeca and are not in danger of defecting to something shinier, sticking with the platform can save time and resources on retraining.
Ecosystem Synergy: For organizations using multiple Oracle products, the synergy within the Oracle ecosystem can streamline processes and enhance overall efficiency.
Considerations in Exploring Alternatives:
Emerging Technologies: Evaluate whether emerging eCommerce technologies / platforms offer features and capabilities that align better with your current / future business goals and enterprise architecture roadmap.
Cost Considerations: Assess the total cost of ownership for Oracle Commerce compared to alternative solutions, factoring in licensing fees, support maintenance costs, and potential customization expenses along with Data Center costs.
Flexibility and Customization: Consider whether alternative platforms provide more flexibility and ease of customization to meet your unique business requirements.
Community and Support: Investigate the level of community support and third-party integrations available for alternative platforms, ensuring a robust ecosystem that can meet your evolving needs.
Deciding whether to stick with Oracle Commerce requires a careful evaluation of your business requirements, current investments, and future growth plans.
Here are important questions to answer:
Have your business processes grown unwieldy over time?
Are you spending too much time in areas that could be more automated?
Do analytics and consumer feedback show where your commerce site or backend processes might need improvement?
Sometimes it’s of great benefit to go back to basics, reevaluate what’s working at an enterprise level and thoroughly document where you want to be. This can be invaluable in determining if there’s a technology solution, or maybe multiple solutions, out there that might be a better fit.
While Oracle Commerce offers a reliable and feature-rich solution, exploring alternative platforms can uncover new opportunities and innovations. Ultimately, the decision should align with your long-term strategic objectives, ensuring your eCommerce platform supports the dynamic nature of the digital marketplace.
Remember, you don’t have to take an all or nothing approach out of the gate. Composable Commerce can provide an opportunity for breaking down complex pieces of a monolithic architecture and iterating the migration.
Contact AAXIS for more ideas on how this could be accomplished. We have partnerships with some of the leaders in this space – OroCommerce, commercetools, Kibo Commerce and Salesforce and are well versed in Oracle Commerce.