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The new version Magento Entreprise 1.14.1 is available !

It's official, Magento have just launched its new enterprise version 1.14.1 this thursday november 13th 2014. For this new enterprise edition, outside the classics bug fixes, Magento have choosed to invest on the merchandizing features.

You'll find below the main features available in this new Magento enterprise edition 1.14.1, and also the features coming in the next communitu edition 1.9.1.

Visual Merchandizer

Magento didn't propose new features since a long time about merchandising. Thanks to the new features in the enterprise edition 1.14.1, Magento have answered to the exact needs from the e-merchandisers.

Preview + Drag’n drop

Order the display of its products through a simple drag-and-drop was a dream for many e-merchandisers and there were many projects that add this feature to the back office. Now you can natively!

A preview system makes it possible to e-merchandisers display from the back-office via a pop-in (see screenshot below), the categories pages such that they would be viewed by the user (front-end). Through a drag-and-drop system, e-merchandiser may order the display of its products as it sees fit. It will however make sure that it works with the correct response time when the size of the catalog becomes consistent.

 Pop in Drag & Drop :

In this same interface, key information (prices, stocks ...) corresponding to each product are displayed. This allows e-merchandiser to rely on relevant data to achieve its scheduling.

It is also possible to flag products like "Hero", then they will always appear first in the category concerned. This feature will provide also better visibility to your "Bestsellers".

Always keen to meet your needs, our R&D team had already implemented this notion of boost, more precisely, with the Serchandising connector based on the open source search engine ElasticSearch we had developed early 2014 for Magento. Indeed, through our connector you can create rules to boost the desired products, so they go back in the priority list of pages, and on the entire site.

Video of the Drag & Drop functionality:

 

Path Magento : System > Configuration > CATALOG > Catalog > Selected category > Visual Merchandizer

Edition : Only available on Magento Enterprise 1.14.1

 

Smart category

It's now possible on the Enterprise version 1.14.1 to feed visual categories throught automatic rules based on the product attributes.

For example : automatically show in the virtual category "Black & White" all color products "black" and color "white."

Video showing the Smart Category feature :

 

Technical side :

This is a vector category. The category is automatically populated based on the conditions set in the tab "Visual Merchandiser" of the category. Magento will then fill the category with the conditions listed above. Magento can then update the products in this category in several ways:

  • by cache management, it is possible to force Magento to update the category
  • by the configuration, it is feasible to tell Magento to update the category whenever a category or product is updated.
  • Finally, the class may be updated automatically via a CRON (by default, every 30 minutes).

The update of this smart category is therefore not totally dynamic. Its performance may be limited for catalogs with many products.
We offered this feature already regularly ("Smart Category") since 2009 for our customers. We especially arranging the GibertJoseph sites and Furet du Nord. Functionality we have improved upon our Searchandising ElasticSearch connector with the introduction of "virtual classes" that are fed live, and are then completely dynamic.

Edition : Only available on Magento Enterprise 1.14.1

« Swatches » management

This new feature allows you to dynamically display product information (visual, availability ...) according to the "swatches" selected (color, size, material ...), product pages, category pages or in the search results.

For example: on the product page of "T-shirt Y", the red, yellow and blue colors are available. When the user clicks on the "swatch" yellow, the visuals of the corresponding article (that is to say the shirt yellow Y) will then be displayed automatically. Similarly, its information in terms of availability will also be displayed dynamically.

 This feature was already part of our standard on the latest sites that we have developed. Indeed, it had significantly improved the customer experience. It is now available natively in this new version.

Path Magento : System > Configuration > CATALOG > Configurable Swatches

Edition : Available on Magento Enterprise 1.14.1 and will be included in Magento Community 1.9.1

 

100% responsive design

Transactional mailings, as well as all Magento functionality (this product, wishlist, private sales ...) are now responsive design. An announcement most welcome, when we know that over 50% of people check their emails on their mobile devices.

Edition: Available on Magento Enterprise 1.14.1 and 1.9.1 announced for Magento Community

Google Analytics Universal

The two new editions of Magento (Community and Enterprise) will support the Universal tag system from Google Analytics. This will facilitate the connection between Magento and Universal Analytics, allowing to go further in the collection and analysis of data via Google Analytics Universal.

Edition: Available on Magento Enterprise 1.14.1 and 1.9.1 announced for Magento Community

Technique : improved performance and security

Magento boosts performance and security by adding supports MySQL 5.6 and PHP 5.5. MySQL 5.6 reduces server memory consumption which will have the effect of improving site performance (speed and scalability).

PHP 5.5 brings about him in terms of safety improvements.

Edition: Available on Magento Enterprise 1.14.1 and 1.9.1 announced for Magento Community

Detailed reports for the resolution of anomalies

In this new edition Enterprise 1.14.1, a tool used to generate a complete report on the Magento installation configuration. These reports provide detailed information on the system, such as Apache, MySQL configuration, Magento extensions ... This information will help to optimize exchanges between market teams and Magento support, and so more quickly resolve the technical problems encountered.

Edition: Of course only available on Magento Enterprise 1.14.1 since version does not benefit from community support!

Simultaneous updating products

Magento Enterprise 1.14.1 greatly improves productivity by allowing multiple administrators to simultaneously perform product updates, without this causing blockages or technical errors (lock MySQL ...).

Edition: Available on Magento Enterprise 1.14.1

The official announcement of the release of Magento Enterprise Edition 1.14.1

If you want to know more about Magento Enterprise Edition or if you want to migrate your Magento website to this new version, please feel free to contact us. We would also be pleased to present all of the features offered by our powerful searchandising ElasticSearch connector for Magento (auto-completion, management aspects, boost product ...).

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