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A First-Mover’s Guide to SAP Commerce Cloud V2 Migration

Danny Bishop with Spencer Saldana

SAP Commerce has long been the digital commerce platform of choice for medium to large organizations in need of customizability, flexibility, and enterprise-grade security. Known for operational advantages such as optimized first-party integrations, SAP Commerce Cloud is driving omnichannel commerce with its rich feature set and strong ecosystem.

But, as is always the case in this industry, there’s room for improvement. A new version (CCV2) offers the latest and greatest that SAP Commerce has to offer, and CCV1 users will soon need to decide if and when they will migrate.

CCV1 represents a private cloud implemented on costly, proprietary SAP infrastructure. With users beholden to the stringency of a proprietary hosting solution, CCV1 lacks the level of affordability, scalability, and flexibility expected of digital commerce today due to its dependency on manual processes and absence of customer self-service functionality.

To contend with this limitation, and meet the demands of the moment, SAP developed Commerce Cloud V2 (CCV2). SAP has been incentivising users to upgrade to their new, public cloud hosting solution for a while, but this push will become even stronger as:

  1. SAP Commerce Cloud on SAP Infrastructure (CCV1) will be deprecated at some point in the not-too-distant future
  2. The advantages of its public cloud hosting have become too good to ignore

Since SAP stopped licensing the outdated version to new customers, CCV1 users will no longer receive security updates or other critical support going forward. SAP Commerce 1811 and 1905 support will end in May 2021, and they have already stopped licensing the on-premise version of SAP Commerce to new customers.

But, the value of CCV2 isn’t just in what is no longer supported in CCV1, but rather the additional bells and whistles that redefine public cloud hosting.

Delivering significant upgrades in platform management automation, autoscaling, enhanced security and permissions control, and flexible deployment options, CCV2 represents the latest and greatest in headless ecommerce architecture and public cloud hosting.

The Future is Public Cloud Hosting

Cloud-native tech will power the future of digital transformation. According to a recent Forrester report, an estimated 60% of companies will leverage containers on public cloud platforms and 25% of developers will leverage serverless by the end of 2022.

The most significant advantages of CCV2 derive from this fundamental shift in hosting strategy. Leveraging a public cloud system through Microsoft Azure, CCV2 is now untethered from the cumbersome processes associated with proprietary infrastructure which required support requests for common use cases like deployments.

CCV2 was developed to increase customer autonomy as many processes which previously required SAP intervention can now be accomplished in a unified cloud portal by an assigned customer administrator. Delivering unmatched self-service through a public cloud build, migrating to CCV2 offers a variety of improvements in automation, disaster recovery, and deployment control:

  • Self-Service Management: A new cloud portal allows for autonomous management of builds, user access, environments, and backups without SAP support or other intermediary steps. With improvements to environment management, security configuration, and DNS mapping, the overall deployment process is more autonomous than ever before.
  • Scaling Automation: Using containerization — and a new set of cloud-based build tools — CCV2 offers improved automation features for application deployment and scaling management to elegantly handle heavy loads by adjusting resource allocation for storefront and API services to match demand.
  • Flexible Frontend: CCV2 makes it easy to update a storefront experience thanks to a new frontend known as Spartacus which replaces the existing storefront accelerator model. This new Javascript-based progressive web app solution offers a rich, app-like commerce experience and runs on top of the Omni Commerce Connect (OCC) API.
  • Revised Architecture: CCV2 represents a continued shift toward a microservice-based architecture which promotes further decoupling between frontend experience and business logic — making CCV2 more adaptable than its predecessor.
  • Streamlined Serverless Development: CCV2 makes it easy to deploy serverless functionality using the SAP Cloud Platform Extension Factory project based on Kyma allowing further decoupling and flexibility in business logic.
  • SAP Cloud Integrations: Native compatibilities with other SAP products such as SAP Customer Data Cloud and SAP Marketing Cloud means reduced implementation effort through existing connectors and pre-made integration flows.
  • Reduced Operational Costs: A new, more direct billing structure now licenses per order volume or GMV rather than per CPU core. Plus, the improved self-service model helps reduce operational costs by empowering users to make their own changes to their storefront without the help of SAP.

This latest iteration of SAP Commerce automates deployment, management, and operational activities through public cloud hosting and greatly improves business agility through a variety of self-service features. As these features further solidify public cloud hosting as the industry standard, organizations still reliant on CCV1 need to make a decision: Do you remain on CCV1 as it is phased out, or do you get ahead and migrate to CCV2 now?

Migrating to CCV2

CCV2 is a strong SaaS offering which better aligns with the long-term trajectory of digital commerce and the ongoing SAP Commerce roadmap. Through its various upgrades, it puts less emphasis on direct platform customization and more emphasis on agility and OOTB functionality. CCV2 is the latest iteration in the ongoing effort to make ecommerce more nimble, accessible, and scalable.

Is your company ready for the future of SAP Commerce Cloud?

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Gorilla Group is offering a no-cost SAP cloud migration assessment to help you prepare for migration. The assessment includes an analysis of your SAP Commerce solution to ensure its readiness for migration with a focus on identifying technical constraints, addressing customizations, and mitigating risks.

Contact digitalcommerce@gorillagroup.com to learn more.