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Get started by getting access to an instance of the IBM softare you want to integrate with. Different offerings have different options for creating a development environment. Once you have access, if you need some help getting started, explore the content in the sections below to learn more about different integration patterns with the various offerings.

Once you’ve built and tested your integration, validate your solution with IBM to promote your solution and get more visibility.

Environment type Product(s) Cost and Links Notes
On Prem WebSphere Commerce Sterling Order Management ~$795/year (US)--See Software Access Option or ~$2000/year (US) with support--See IBM Value Package.



Virtual Cloud Server WebSphere Commerce Sterling Order Management ~$100-200/month (US) per instance. Check your SoftLayer account for pricing or click here to setup your account and/or request an image template






Partner Pilot Account Universal Behavior Exchange (UBX) No charge. Click here to request access.




Select your area of integration:

Analytics and Business Intelligence

Analytics Analytics is key to identifying actionable insights that can improve the shopping experience and increase revenue. When considering how to integrate, consider approaches where the combined value of your solution with the IBM solution yields a "1+1=3" differentiation where the combined value exceeds that of each individual solution alone.

Integration with Digital Data Exchange (DDX)
Digital Data Exchange provides an easy way for companies to deploy and manage page tags, for the collection and distribution of customer behavioral digital data, for IBM Digital Analytics, WebSphere Commerce, Unica omnichannel marketing solutions, and third-party digital marketing and customer engagement solutions. Digital Data Exchange simplifies the management of IBM and third-party page tags, making it possible to deploy and maintain website pages with minimal support from IT. Use these resources to learn more:

If you're interested in DDX integration, contact Kevin Dunn.

Integration with Digital Analytics
When you integrate with Digital Analytics, the value extends beyond that of just point integrations. Your integrated solution enables joint customers an easy way to take advantage of Digital Analytics capabilities and third-party ad tech and marketing solutions through simpler collection and distribution of real-time behavioral data.
Refer to the resources here to get started with understanding how to utilize IBM Digital Analytics:

 

 

If you're interested in Digital Analytics integration, contact Kevin Dunn.

Integration with Tealeaf
When you integrate with Tealeaf, brands can better achieve success through their customer-experience management programs. By connecting data capture and analysis tools, customers can mine essential information about consumer behaviors, revealing the full context of their actions. Tealeaf cxConnect provides interfaces for ecosystem solutions to query for customer sessions and events and to search and playback captured sessions.

Tealeaf capabilities, use cases and business value scenarios are documented in the Tealeaf community whitepapers (scroll to “Featured Documentation” section of the page).

Tealeaf business and technical user training and education modules including fundamentals, events and reports, advanced reports and dashboards, and usability analytics.


Information on the capabilities, API and examples of using and integrating with Tealeaf are available in the cxConnect section of the Tealeaf documentation.

If you're interested in Tealeaf integration, contact Kevin Dunn.

Integration with WebSphere Commerce
With WebSphere Commerce, there are options to integrate your solution with existing business user tools, with the customer-facing store or both.

Integrating with the Management Center business tools enables marketing managers and merchandisers to leverage your data or insights to fine tune their marketing and personalization efforts. Integrations you might consider include:

To allow merchandisers to leverage your data or insights within their shopping flow you can create a new widget for Commerce Composer:

To capture data from the shopping flow to feed back into your solution, you may need to add instrumentation to the store pages. The starter store page flows describe how the Aurora store is structured:

If you do not yet have a development environment which includes the needed IBM software components, you can review the available options at the top of this page

Integration with IBM Universal Behavior Exchange (UBX)

With IBM UBX, marketers, merchandisers, sales, customer service, and loyalty roles can all benefit from selective exchange of customer behavior data between various IBM and IBM Business Partner applications. By blending data contributions from multiple UBX endpoints, UBX users can build a view of their customers that is richer, better targeted, and more timely than any single application can provide. As an IBM Business Partner that participates in UBX, you can expand your exposure to customers who are actively looking to establish connections to new types of business data. Your value to these individuals is enhanced because they can now combine your marketing and customer engagement data with complementary data from IBM Commerce applications and other IBM Business Partner applications.

Use these resources to learn more:

To request a UBX pilot account to get started working with UBX for your solution, please complete the UBX Pre-integration Document. Once complete, please send the document to ubxprovisioning@wwpdl.vnet.ibm.com and place “UBX Partner Pilot Account Request” in the subject line of the email

Campaign management and marketing

Campaign management and marketing Marketing is a crucial role in driving a successful business. Our combined solutions should make it easier for the marketer to do their job and drive results. When considering how to integrate, consider approaches where the combined value of your solution with the IBM solution yields a "1+1=3" differentiation where the combined value exceeds that of each individual solution alone.

Integration with Silverpop
IBM Marketing Cloud (Silverpop) provides email marketing automation, lead management, and behavioral marketing capabilities. By providing deep, behavior-based customer insights and an intuitive engagement engine, IBM Marketing Cloud reduces the complexity of omnichannel marketing and enables exceptional experiences for customers across the entire buyer journey, across not only website and emails, but also mobile apps, social media, loyalty, SMS texts, check-ins, CRM/call center and offline transactions. The demo provides an introduction to the marketing automation, email and mobile marketing capabilities.

Partner solutions integrated with IBM Marketing Cloud (Silverpop) span CRM, customer analytics, e-commerce, event management, data management, content management, social engagement, and advertising solutions. Partner solutions can integrate to help drive real-time interactions using data from their apps and external systems, with rules to filter, route, update, and sync customer data for dynamic content, relational table content, behavioral content, and real-time content. Users are then able to access external behaviors from within IBM Marketing Cloud features such as behavioral queries, entrance criteria for programs and scoring. Partner solutions can also leverage capabilities to build workflows between their own products and IBM Marketing Cloud. Information on using IBM Marketing Cloud capabilities is available in the IBM Marketing Cloud documentation.

Integration with Digital Analytics
When you integrate with Digital Analytics, the value extends beyond that of just point integrations. Your integrated solution enables joint customers an easy way to take advantage of Digital Analytics capabilities and third-party ad tech and marketing solutions through simpler collection and distribution of real-time behavioral data.
Refer to the resources here to get started with understanding how to utilize IBM Digital Analytics:

 

 

If you're interested in Digital Analytics integration, contact Kevin Dunn.

Integration with IBM Campaign & Interact (formerly Unica)
When you integrate with IBM Campaign & Interact, customers will benefit from conflating data from first party marketing systems of record with vast paid and earned media data sets like digital display and social. The net result is the customer's ability to leverage all data captured within their marketing mix to better personalize real time, omni channel customer experiences.

 

 

If you're interested in IBM Campaign & Interact integration, contact Kevin Dunn.

Integration with IBM Universal Behavior Exchange (UBX)

With IBM UBX, marketers, merchandisers, sales, customer service, and loyalty roles can all benefit from selective exchange of customer behavior data between various IBM and IBM Business Partner applications. By blending data contributions from multiple UBX endpoints, UBX users can build a view of their customers that is richer, better targeted, and more timely than any single application can provide. As an IBM Business Partner that participates in UBX, you can expand your exposure to customers who are actively looking to establish connections to new types of business data. Your value to these individuals is enhanced because they can now combine your marketing and customer engagement data with complementary data from IBM Commerce applications and other IBM Business Partner applications.

Use these resources to learn more:

 

To request a UBX pilot account to get started working with UBX for your solution, please complete the UBX Pre-integration Document. Once complete, please send the document to ubxprovisioning@wwpdl.vnet.ibm.com and place “UBX Partner Pilot Account Request” in the subject line of the email

Integration with WebSphere Commerce
There are two approaches to integrating your campaign management or marketing solution with WebSphere Commerce. An enterprise-wide solution might access information about online marketing activities to roll-up higher-level reports. A solution that provides marketing capabilities to online stores might extend our library of marketing rule building blocks or create a Commerce Composer widget to reach online consumers directly.

WebSphere Commerce provides services to access marketing activities and promotions defined using our business tools:

Within WebSphere Commerce, you can extend the marketing capabilities by providing new building blocks for business users to work with:

To reach consumers directly with your marketing content, you can create a new widget for Commerce Composer:

If you do not yet have a development environment which includes the needed IBM software components, you can review the available options at the top of this page.

Community, social, and customer engagement

Community, social, and customer engagement Customer engagement is at the center of any successful Commerce experience. And now more than ever, a truly engaging customer experience leverages aspects of community and social influence in constantly new and changing ways. When considering how to integrate, consider approaches where the combined value of your solution with the IBM solution yields a "1+1=3" differentiation where the combined value exceeds that of each individual solution alone.

Integration with IBM Universal Behavior Exchange (UBX)

With IBM UBX, marketers, merchandisers, sales, customer service, and loyalty roles can all benefit from selective exchange of customer behavior data between various IBM and IBM Business Partner applications. By blending data contributions from multiple UBX endpoints, UBX users can build a view of their customers that is richer, better targeted, and more timely than any single application can provide. As an IBM Business Partner that participates in UBX, you can expand your exposure to customers who are actively looking to establish connections to new types of business data. Your value to these individuals is enhanced because they can now combine your marketing and customer engagement data with complementary data from IBM Commerce applications and other IBM Business Partner applications.

Use these resources to learn more:

To request a UBX pilot account to get started working with UBX for your solution, please complete the UBX Pre-integration Document. Once complete, please send the document to ubxprovisioning@wwpdl.vnet.ibm.com and place “UBX Partner Pilot Account Request” in the subject line of the email

If you're interested in UBX integration, contact Kevin Dunn.

Integration with Silverpop
{C}{C} IBM Marketing Cloud (Silverpop) provides email marketing automation, lead management, and behavioral marketing capabilities. By providing deep, behavior-based customer insights and an intuitive engagement engine, IBM Marketing Cloud reduces the complexity of omnichannel marketing and enables exceptional experiences for customers across the entire buyer journey, across not only website and emails, but also mobile apps, social media, loyalty, SMS texts, check-ins, CRM/call center and offline transactions. The demo provides an introduction to the marketing automation, email and mobile marketing capabilities.

Partner solutions integrated with IBM Marketing Cloud (Silverpop) span CRM, customer analytics, e-commerce, event management, data management, content management, social engagement, and advertising solutions. Partner solutions can integrate to help drive real-time interactions using data from their apps and external systems, with rules to filter, route, update, and sync customer data for dynamic content, relational table content, behavioral content, and real-time content. Users are then able to access external behaviors from within IBM Marketing Cloud features such as behavioral queries, entrance criteria for programs and scoring. Partner solutions can also leverage capabilities to build workflows between their own products and IBM Marketing Cloud.
Information on using IBM Marketing Cloud capabilities is available in the IBM Marketing Cloud documentation.

Integration with Digital Data Exchange (DDX)

Digital Data Exchange provides an easy way for companies to deploy and manage page tags for the collection and distribution of customer behavioral digital data, for IBM Digital Analytics, WebSphere Commerce, Unica omnichannel marketing solutions, and third-party digital marketing and customer engagement solutions. Digital Data Exchange simplifies the management of IBM and third- party page tags, making it possible to deploy and maintain website pages with minimal support from IT. Use these resources to learn more:

If you're interested in DDX integration, contact Kevin Dunn.

Integration with WebSphere Commerce
This type of integration typically involves adding UI elements to the WebSphere Commerce storefront. Sometimes these UI elements call web services to your proprietary solution. They may also call web services or REST APIs from WebSphere Commerce. These UI integrations typically mean developing apps/widgets which can be used with the Commerce Composer tool in WebSphere Commerce to build store pages. Here are some related technical documents:

If you do not yet have a development environment which includes the needed IBM software components, you can review the available options at the top of this page.

Integration with Digital Analytics When you integrate with Digital Analytics, the value extends beyond that of just point integrations. Your integrated solution enables joint customers an easy way to take advantage of Digital Analytics capabilities and third-party ad tech and marketing solutions through simpler collection and distribution of real-time behavioral data.
Refer to the resources here to get started with understanding how to utilize IBM Digital Analytics:

 

 

If you're interested in Digital Analytics integration, contact Kevin Dunn.

 

Integration with IBM Campaign & Interact (formerly Unica)
When you integrate with IBM Campaign & Interact, customers will benefit from conflating data from first party marketing systems of record with vast paid and earned media data sets like digital display and social. The net result is the customer's ability to leverage all data captured within their marketing mix to better personalize real time, omni channel customer experiences.
Refer to the resources here to get started with understanding how to utilize IBM Campaign and Interact with your solution:

 

 

If you're interested in IBM Campaign & Interact integration, contact Kevin Dunn.

Content management and rich media

Content management and rich media Creating a compelling, immersive customer experience relies on industry-leading content management and rich media capabilities that your solutions bring to the market. When considering how to integrate, consider approaches where the combined value of your solution with the IBM solution yields a "1+1=3" differentiation where the combined value exceeds that of each individual solution alone.

Integration with Digital Data Exchange (DDX)

Digital Data Exchange provides an easy way for companies to deploy and manage page tags for IBM Digital Analytics, WebSphere Commerce, Unica omnichannel marketing solutions, and third-party digital marketing and customer engagement solutions tag for the collection and distribution of customer behavioral digital data. Digital Data Exchange simplifies the management of IBM and third- party page tags, making it possible to deploy and maintain website pages with minimal support from IT. For more information please feel free to utilize these resources:

If you're interested in DDX integration, contact Kevin Dunn.

Integration with WebSphere Commerce
These UI integrations typically mean developing apps/widgets which can be used with the Commerce Composer tool in WebSphere Commerce to build store pages. Alternatively, a content management system might supply the store pages and call WebSphere Commerce REST APIs to access catalog and shopper data to display. Here is some related technical documentation:

If you do not yet have a development environment which includes the needed IBM software components, you can review the available options at the top of this page.

Integration with Digital Analytics
When you integrate with Digital Analytics, the value extends beyond that of just point integrations. Integration will bring your solution into the IBM Digital Marketing Network - a Business Partner ecosystem allowing joint customers an easy way to take advantage of Digital Analytics and third-party ad tech solutions through simpler collection and distribution of real-time behavioral data. If you're interested in Digital Analytics integration, contact Kevin Dunn.

Integration with IBM Universal Behavior Exchange (UBX)

With IBM UBX, marketers, merchandisers, sales, customer service, and loyalty roles can all benefit from selective exchange of customer behavior data between various IBM and IBM Business Partner applications. By blending data contributions from multiple UBX endpoints, UBX users can build a view of their customers that is richer, better targeted, and more timely than any single application can provide. As an IBM Business Partner that participates in UBX, you can expand your exposure to customers who are actively looking to establish connections to new types of business data. Your value to these individuals is enhanced because they can now combine your marketing and customer engagement data with complementary data from IBM Commerce applications and other IBM Business Partner applications.

Use these resources to learn more:

To request a UBX pilot account to get started working with UBX for your solution, please complete the UBX Pre-integration Document. Once complete, please send the document to ubxprovisioning@wwpdl.vnet.ibm.comand place “UBX Partner Pilot Account Request” in the subject line of the email

Omni-channel

Omni channel Delivering a consistent and compelling brand experience across all channels, leveraging the uniqueness of each of those channels, allows merchandisers to differentiate themselves from their competitors, build loyalty, and win new customers. When considering how to integrate, consider approaches where the combined value of your solution with the IBM solution yields a "1+1=3" differentiation where the combined value exceeds that of each individual solution alone.

Integration with WebSphere Commerce
WebSphere Commerce stores feature a responsive design approach that greatly simplifies integrating omni-channel solutions. A single store page can be use for desktop browsing, mobile devices and in-store tablet applications. You can also take advantage of REST services to access WebSphere Commerce data in your existing omni-channel solution:

Integration with Sterling Selling and Fulfillment Suite
If you are integrating with the Sterling Selling and Fulfillment suite, you can leverage a rich set of Order Management APIs, whose documentation is installed with the software in your development environment.
In addition, you might find relevant information in the following areas of the public documentation:

The Sterling Order Management System has a Sterling Store solution for store related tasks, and Commerce Call Center for Call Center tasks. You might find relevant information about integrating with them in the following areas of public documentation:

Integration with IBM Campaign & Interact (formerly Unica)
When you integrate with IBM Campaign & Interact, customers will benefit from conflating data from first party marketing systems of record with vast paid and earned media data sets like digital display and social. The net result is the customer's ability to leverage all data captured within their marketing mix to better personalize real time, omni channel customer experiences. If you're interested in IBM Campaign & Interact integration, contact Kevin Dunn.

Integration with IBM Universal Behavior Exchange (UBX)

With IBM UBX, marketers, merchandisers, sales, customer service, and loyalty roles can all benefit from selective exchange of customer behavior data between various IBM and IBM Business Partner applications. By blending data contributions from multiple UBX endpoints, UBX users can build a view of their customers that is richer, better targeted, and more timely than any single application can provide. As an IBM Business Partner that participates in UBX, you can expand your exposure to customers who are actively looking to establish connections to new types of business data. Your value to these individuals is enhanced because they can now combine your marketing and customer engagement data with complementary data from IBM Commerce applications and other IBM Business Partner applications.

Use these resources to learn more:

To request a UBX pilot account to get started working with UBX for your solution, please complete the UBX Pre-integration Document. Once complete, please send the document to ubxprovisioning@wwpdl.vnet.ibm.comand place “UBX Partner Pilot Account Request” in the subject line of the email

Order management and fulfillment

Order managementOptimizing order management and fulfillment is important in delivering an outstanding customer experience with every interaction, and with every decision to purchase. When considering how to integrate, consider approaches where the combined value of your solution with the IBM solution yields a "1+1=3" differentiation where the combined value exceeds that of each individual solution alone.

Integration with WebSphere Commerce
This type of integration typically involves connecting to the online store checkout process to communicate inventory reservations and transfer order details to an external system. Here is some related technical documentation:

If you are integrating with WebSphere Commerce at other touch points, such as the Product Details page, your integration may involve Commerce Composer widgets:

Integration with Sterling Selling and Fulfillment Suite

This type of integration typically involves fulfillment of orders, communicating inventory changes and shipping to the customers and other external systems. You can access the following technical documentation from the below links:

If you do not yet have a development environment which includes the needed IBM software components, you can review the available options at the top of this page.

Payments, pricing and tax

Payments pricing and tax Payments, pricing, and tax are table stakes for any shopping experience, but it's your advanced solutions in these areas which make the merchandiser's role easier by supporting both their needs, and their customer's needs in whatever geographies they do business. When considering how to integrate, consider approaches where the combined value of your solution with the IBM solution yields a "1+1=3" differentiation where the combined value exceeds that of each individual solution alone.

Integration with WebSphere Commerce

Payment and tax system integrations typically involve building connector code to plug your solution into the WebSphere Commerce checkout flow. There are well defined extension points to assist in this type of integration:

Pricing integration typically involve loading price data into WebSphere Commerce using the Data Load utility. Here is some related technical documentation:

Sterling Selling and Fulfillment Suite

Sterling Order Management is not a master for tax records. You can develop adapters based on the general guidelines and code samples explained in the following links to integrate Sterling Order Management with an external tax system:

If you do not yet have a development environment which includes the needed IBM software components, you can review the available options at the top of this page.

Product management and configuration

Product management Optimizing how products are managed, and how they're surfaced to shoppers allows merchandisers to more effectively do their job. Product configuration solutions make it easier for shoppers to buy with confidence that the product they've purchased meets their exact specifications. When considering how to integrate, consider approaches where the combined value of your solution with the IBM solution yields a "1+1=3" differentiation where the combined value exceeds that of each individual solution alone.

PIM integrations typically involve loading product data into WebSphere Commerce using the Data Load utility. Here is some related technical documentation:

Product configuration and customization solutions often involve creating custom widgets for Commerce Composer. See this related technical documentation:

If you do not yet have a development environment which includes the needed IBM software components, you can review the available options at the top of this page.

Search optimization

Search optimization Search optimization solutions which focus on the individual shopper, and blend seamlessly into the shopping experience can yield significant business value for the merchandiser in ensuring the right products are presented to the right shoppers, at the right time, to maximize conversion rates. When considering how to integrate, consider approaches where the combined value of your solution with the IBM solution yields a "1+1=3" differentiation where the combined value exceeds that of each individual solution alone.

Integration with WebSphere Commerce
Search solution integrations typically involve integrating with WebSphere Commerce's search engine. Here are some links to help you get started:

Alternatively, you could create new Commerce Composer widgets to connect to your search service:

If you do not yet have a development environment which includes the needed IBM software components, you can review the available options at the top of this page.

Integration with Digital Analytics
When you integrate with Digital Analytics, the value extends beyond that of just point integrations. Integration will bring your solution into the IBM Digital Marketing Network - a Business Partner ecosystem allowing joint customers an easy way to take advantage of Digital Analytics and third-party ad tech solutions through simpler collection and distribution of real-time behavioral data. If you're interested in Digital Analytics integration, contact Kevin Dunn.


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Environment type Cost Notes

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  • Replicate templates in multiple instances
  • You manage the availability of the environment

 

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