October saw Magento announced the release of Magento Commerce 2.2 into general availability. It's been a long awaited update to Magento 2, which has promised much in the way of improvements, functional fixes and enhancements. Magento Commerce 2.2 includes a wealth of new, exciting features and developments. Images from Magento webinar: Discover The Power Of Magento Commerce 2.2.
Magento 2.2 New features
The first time a bundled third-party extension has been included with Magento Commerce, the Magento Social extension establishes a connection between your Magento store and your corporate Facebook account. Pages can then be created with products feeding directly from your Magento catalog, allowing customers to click straight through from Facebook to your Magento website.
Fraud & platform security
Magento has integrated Signifyd, the world's largest provider of guaranteed fraud protection, directly into the Magento platform. Security improvements include the removal of unserialised calls to increase resilence against dangerous code execution attacks, and protection against Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks.
PHP 7.1 Varnish 5, and MySQL 5.7
Support for PHP 5.6 and Varnish 3 have been dropped, in favour of PHP 7.1 Varnish 5, and MySQL 5.7, to allow for increased stability.
Pipeline deployment is a new deployment process, that enables build and deployment stages to minimize production system downtime for site updates. Downtime on your production system is limited to the amount of time required to transfer static files and compiled code to the server.
Indexing, cart, and cache operations
Users can browse products on a merchant's website while indexers are running with no visible impact to their experience. Cart improvements mean a shopping cart can be created and processed with more than 300 items. Varnish cache configuration now includes a mode to ensure Varnish is always presenting a cached page to customers.
Community member contributions
Substantial contributions from the Magento Community Engineering Team has led to hundreds of pull requests and added significantly to the Magento code base.
Magento 2.2 B2B Functionality
Once of the largest and most significant additions to Magento 2.2 is its suite of native B2B functionality.
Customer self-service account tools
Customers can submit a request for a company account, designate a “Super User” to manage the company’s account, and drag-and-drop buyers into a hierarchy that matches the business structure.
Tailor and easily manage company accounts
Merchants can tailor the account summary view, import and export customer lists, and assign a sales rep per account.
Encourage sales with easy quote requests
Customers can request quick-start quotes from the cart or previous quotes or orders, and comments and documents can be added to justify requested discounts. Quote statuses can be tracked as they are processed, enabling correspondence with the merchant as needed.
Efficiently manage quotes
Merchants can track all their quotes in a summary view, and access quote details with a history log of all updates and communications. Drafts of the quote proposals can also be saved until they are ready to send.
Accelerate ordering with requisition lists
Requisition lists of frequently purchased products can be created for easy re-ordering. Multiple lists can be set-up and assigned to specific buyers.
Negotiate with B2B customers
Merchants can optimise proposals with total cost data and tools to calculate discounts, suggest additional SKUs or make substitutions to increase AOV, and set expiration dates for quotes.
Order by SKU to speed up purchases
B2B customers will be able to order by entering individual or multiple SKUs, by uploading CSV files. Magento will then be able to validate those inputted SKUs and confirm availability.
Account roles and permissions
Account roles and permissions can be assigned to specific buyers to set what users can view and edit.
Payment on credit
Payment on credit can be offered as a payment option, and company credit cards can be managed via Magento Admin.