Magento 2.2 is set to be released this September. The developer release candidate has been available for download since late June. The Magento 2.2 release boasts that all bugs have been addressed with 80% fixed on known bugs. Making this the most stable Magento 2 release to date.
In the August 2017 Colorado Magento Meetup we took a look at the key improvements to the platform, code base changes and, new features coming with the Magento 2.2 release.
Key Magento 2.2 Feature Updates
- Renaming of the product
- Magento Business Intelligence integration for advanced reporting
- Signifyd Fraud Protection
- B2B Module
- Platform performance improvements
- Deployment improvements
Renaming the Product
At Magento Live UK 2017, Magento announced a rebranding of the Magento product line. This rebranding includes name changes many of the major Magento products. The change in naming conventions implies that there is a certain direction that Magento sees digital commerce heading. The removal of the “e” from eCommerce is a marker that all commerce has roots on the internet now and we no longer live in a world where there is a distinction between online and offline commerce.
- Magento Community will now be known as Magento Open Source
- Magento Enterprise Edition will now be known as Magento Commerce
- Magento Commerce Order Management will now be known as Magento Order Management
- Magento Cloud Edition will merge with Magento Commerce
Magento Business Intelligence
We have seen an increasing strategy from Magento to acquire already existing products that have the functionality they want in the base platform, rather than creating them from scratch in-house.
Magento acquired RJ Metrics about a year ago as part of their new business strategy focused on acquisition.
They quickly rebranded RJ Metrics as Magento Business Intelligence and baked the advanced reporting features into the Magento core. The reporting is able to take advantage of Magento internal data and analytics to give you, the store owner, data about your store and customer base that is actionable.
Other reporting software can be extremely expensive. Magento Business Intelligence boasts availability on both the Magento Open Source and Magento Commerce platforms for a low monthly fee and no contract.
Signifyd Fraud Protection
Magento announced their partnership with Signifyd, an eCommerce fraud protection company, back in October 2016 with plans to integrate their machine learning capabilities into the Magento core.
Key facts about the addition of Signifyd to Magento include:
- Signifyd is a 3rd party fraud protection service
- Offer’s 100% protection on charge-backs
- Aggregation of fraud data from all merchants using the service
- Monthly payment plans based on a percentage of your orders
B2B features are long awaited on the Magento platform. The B2B features will only be available on the Magento Commerce platform. This feature brings a much-needed improvement to their licensed platform and gives it real value for merchants looking for B2B capabilities.
Most B2B systems are horribly designed or so cumbersome that the whole process of using them is more of a pain then a realistic area of growth for merchants. Having a 100% built in solution makes a Magento install a holistic solution for merchants and is something that until now has been missing from the eCommerce market.
Magento B2B features include:
- Streamlines the customer experience and makes it mobile centric
- Account tools that are managed by the companies users and don’t require action from the store owner
- Request a quote system is built in for products at volume, order by SKU and re-order of past orders in the company account
- Payments can be made by the account giving credit to the customer for billing
- The ability to customize catalogs to each company
- Links in with existing Magento ERP integrations
- An expanded API which makes integrations into ERP or PIM directly from Magento more straightforward
- Improved security by removing calls to ‘unserialize()’
- Upgraded hashing
- Better JS exception logging
- Reduced core around plugins
- Added in more @api annotations
- 4X API from 2.1.7 to 2.2
The use of API’s is a big deal in Magento. While the implementation started off poorly documented, this is a huge step forward in making a modern application that can integrate and be used with other systems. Swagger does a good job documenting this in the Magento API Docs.
- Dropped PHP 5.6 and Varnish 3
- Added in PHP 7.1
- Reddis 3.2
- mySQL 5.7
- Updated Composer
- Updated Zend Framework
The new trend in pushing updates more often is helping to push old tech out of the space. At the same time, we are seeing updates happening faster than most merchants can keep up with.
While this will do a lot to help update static systems that allowed a merchant to stay on a Magento 1.6 install for years on end, it also challenges SI’s and merchants to keep up with the world moving faster than stability can keep up with. Magento currently supports 1.9, 1.14, 2.0, 2.1 and will be coming out with Magento 2.2.
- Ui Components have XSD validation better logging and all widgets come from root UI Components
- Better logging and all widgets come from root UI Components
- WCGA support for front end themes (Learn More: https://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag)
- Mass Async Operations (EE only) auto makes long running biz operation without interfering with the store
- Pipeline deploy to improve push lives (Goal – is have 1 min update with Continuous Integration & Continuous Deployment (CICD)
- New commands to streamline deploy
- New commands to sync configs
Since the release of Magento 2, UI components have been universally panned by frustrated developers that have to learn a whole new system for rendering UI. However, Magento is doubling down on UI Components and trying to improve how developers interact with this system.
WCGA support for front end themes means Magento is not being static in their goal to be a part of the web’s future. They don’t have to do this, it’s something that they are working for.
The systems for deployment show that developers using the Magento systems are required to already have an advanced understanding of different deployment systems. CICD systems like Jenkens are evolving into the standard way to deploy code. And Magento wants to hook into this system.
- Improved indexer – users can now use and buy from a store while indexing
- Cart can now scale to an absurd 300 line items in one session
- Tweaked cache
- Tweaked varnish
- New toolkit that improves performance for better “test” benchmarks
In terms of performance, it’s all about speed and Magento is working hard to improve this metric.
Want to join us at our next Colorado Magento MeetUp?