For this blog, we wanted to provide some pragmatic advice on how to get going with Sitecore Commerce 7.2 and make sure that customers and partners know where to go to get the various pieces of information required to properly setup the product.
At a glance, the process is comprised of:
Installing Sitecore 7.2 is a relatively straightforward process. It is very well-documented and covered by the Sitecore CMS Installation Guide, which can be found on the Sitecore Developer Network (SDN) at http://sdn.sitecore.net/Products/Sitecore%20V5/Sitecore%20CMS%207/Installation/Installation%20Guides%20CMS%207,-d-,0%20and%20later.aspx.
But, one is not done there. DMS is also required, which is documented in a separate DMS Installation Guide which can be found on SDN at http://sdn.sitecore.net/Products/Sitecore%20V5/Sitecore%20CMS%207/Installation/Installation.aspx.
Sitecore Commerce Connect 7.2 provides the commerce-enablement of the Sitecore Experience Platform. It is a Sitecore module and hence it’s installation process is relatively straightforward. It has its own installation guide, which can be found at http://sdn.sitecore.net/Products/Sitecore%20Commerce%20Connect/Sitecore%20Commerce%20Connect%207,-d-,2/Documentation.aspx.
Commerce Server 11.0 underpins much of the commerce functionality in Sitecore Commerce 7.2. Hence, it is the next step in the installation process. It’s installation guide can be found at http://commercesdn.sitecore.net/CS11/SitecoreCommerceInstallationGuide/en-us/.
The next step in the installation process itself is to install the Sitecore Commerce 7.2 components. The overall process is described in the Getting Started guide, which is a must-read in its entirety and can be found at http://commercesdn.sitecore.net/CS11/SitecoreCommerceConnectGuide/en-us/.
However, for this specific step, one will want to look at the Deploying the Integration Packages topic, which can be found specifically at http://commercesdn.sitecore.net/CS11/SitecoreCommerceConnectGuide/en-us/#Task/t_DeployIntegrationPackages.html. This will get you up and running with the MVC sample site that ships with Sitecore Commerce 7.2.
Once that is complete, you will want to enable Analytics to ensure that everything functions properly. This can be found in the Enable Analytics topic in the Getting Started Guide at http://commercesdn.sitecore.net/CS11/SitecoreCommerceConnectGuide/en-us/#Task/t_EnableMVCandAnalytics.html.
There is only one remaining step, which is installing the business user experiences required to administer the commerce experiences. In this version, there are four toolsets:
To install Merchandising Manager, please refer to the Deploy Merchandising Manager topic within the Getting Started Guide, which can be found at http://commercesdn.sitecore.net/CS11/SitecoreCommerceConnectGuide/en-us/#Task/t_DeployMerchandisingManager.html.
To install the other tools, please refer to the Desktop Business Tools Installation Guide at http://commercesdn.sitecore.net/CS11/SitecoreCommerceDesktopBusinessToolsInstallationGuide/en-us/.
With these steps, one’s deployment is fully operational. Enjoy!
As an announcement, we have also launched the Sitecore Commerce Development Team blog, which is available at http://www.sitecore.net/Learn/Blogs/Technical-Blogs/Sitecore-Commerce-Development-Team.aspx. Content will be cross-posted in both places, but we wanted to ensure the Sitecore developer community had something that will get picked up by the RSS aggregation – just as this is picked up by the Microsoft developer community RSS aggregation.
And lastly, for further information, please join us in Las Vegas or Barcelona for Sitecore Symposium, where the product team will be offering commerce sessions for both business and technical audience.