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On this blog back in February, I introduced our eCommerce platform initiative: Cider. I then presented on Cider at the annual user group conferences in New Orleans (March) and Copenhagen (April). For those needing a refresher, Cider is a feature-rich eCommerce platform that offers powerful shopping cart and self-service capabilities, a marketing portal for marketers to create and assign promotions, a flexible administration panel for customizing the look and feel of your site, and built-in support for third-party plug-ins. The platform integrates directly with the Advantage engine via a new REST API.

So, six months later, how are things coming along? I'm happy to report that Cider is looking fantastic! We knew we were taking on a big challenge, but Team Cider is firing on all cyclinders and the platform is really starting to take shape. Our development strategy has enabled us to deliver new features on a weekly basis rather than trying to deliver all of it at once. This has kept us nimble and allowed the stakeholders to give timely feedback to ensure we're delivering high value features. We've also received positive feedback from clients who have participated in demos, which has been very encouraging.

As we enter the last leg of the initial release, we're sprinting towards the finish line. I'm thrilled that we'll launch the initial release with the same vision and scope we started with in December 2013. We're excited about the rollout and the opportunities it presents for our clients.

Want a demonstration of Cider? Still wondering what Cider is and whether you're a good candidate? Contact your account manager and we'll get things rolling.



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