Top Four51 OrderCloud™ Platform Milestones of 2019

February 7, 2020

Category: Headless eCommerce

The Four51 OrderCloud™ platform is intended for enterprise businesses who haven’t been able to get what they need from traditional, out-of-the-box eCommerce software. OrderCloud is a cloud-native, API-first, headless eCommerce platform, offering nearly limitless customizations and endless freedom for growth.

2019 was a big year we are very proud of. Our customers saw us release many eCommerce, order management, and B2B marketplace features and capabilities on the OrderCloud platform. Everything released is designed to eliminate the limitations of eCommerce for our customers.

Here are the Top 2019 OrderCloud Platform Milestones:

1) Elasticsearch & Facets

Users with small to extremely large product catalogs will benefit from the addition of new features designed to offer a better user interface for search.

Elasticsearch: Elasticsearch is an open source search engine based on the Lucene library. It provides a distributed, multitenant-capable full-text search engine. The addition of Elasticsearch eliminates any future concern around performance and scale as users and product catalogs grow.

Facets: Facets provide a way to help users easily find a product. You’ll generally see facets in the sidebar of an eCommerce experience, where you can select and filter by various features or variants.

Release Details: API v1.0.88

2) Variants & Variant Inventory

The new product variants allow you to offer various purchase options for products, such as sizes, colors, materials, or event price points.

You can now:

  • see variant information for products on a line item or shipment sub-object
  • track inventory at a variant level
  • write custom variant ids
  • write shipping size/weight information at a variant level

Release details: API v1.0.89

3) OpenID Connect

OrderCloud developers can now access new API endpoints for enabling and configuring OpenID Connect-based authentication.

OpenID Connect is an identity layer that sits on top of OAuth2, which allows you to verify the identity of an end-user based on authentication. OpenID Connect supports single sign-on, which many OrderCloud users utilize. Single sign-on gives your users the ability to log-in via one system that logs you into another system seamlessly.

This is now available to all global OrderCloud users.

Release details: API v1.0.98

4) [ DateCreated ] Field

You can now take advantage of a new, read-only field: DateCreated (UTC). OrderCloud developers frequently requested this feature to help with streamlining data when integrations are involved. Another way you might use the DateCreated field is to force a communication, invoice, or payment. You may have buyers who need to renew a subscription annually, for example. Based on the DateCreated field, you could trigger a prompt to renew their subscription.

Release details: API v1.0.105

5) Custom Roles Management

OrderCloud uses Security Profiles, which are groups of pre-defined roles, each of which grant users access to specific API endpoints and functionality. These Security Profiles are used to identify if a person has permission to sign-in. 

Now, OrderCloud developers can define their own Custom Role. This gives developers the ability to define a specific role based on a set of permissions that will affect what the user experiences from a UI standpoint, deepening developers’ ability to create uniquely custom experiences for all user types.

Release details: API v1.0.107

6) Security Profile Password Expiration

Developers can now take advantage of this new password expiration feature for enforcing password expiration. The feature lets the UI or integration layer know that it should prompt the user to update their password.

Release details: API v1.0.109

7) Suppliers Feature Expansion

This was the first in a series of feature releases expanding the capabilities of Suppliers on OrderCloud. 

More specifically, this release introduced Supplier-Owned Products and Catalogs. This closes the gap on the process of a buyer submitting an order, and the seller submitting that order to its corresponding supplier. 

OrderCloud developers have the ability to manage this on a line item basis. LIOs are single items on the OrderCloud platform throughout the entire order submission and fulfillment process. This is contrary to other commerce platforms who handle transactions on the order level and have to restrict orders that contain line items from multiple suppliers.

This feature release is part of a larger vision for the platform enabling Marketplace capabilities where independent suppliers (who typically own product catalogs) can interact with independent sellers (who typically own relationships with buyers).

Release details: API v1.0.128

8) Supplier Order Forwarding

A new Order endpoint was created, enabling outgoing orders to suppliers. Like the previous supplier features release, this will support a marketplace seller’s need to “forward” outgoing orders to suppliers and split LIOs to be sent to corresponding suppliers.

Release details: API v1.0.130

Learn more about the OrderCloud platform here, and explore our developer portal.

Cheers to 2020!