SAP Commerce Extension

Overview

SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software, helping companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best. The SAP Commerce solution simplifies selling and buying processes on a modern, agile e-commerce platform.

Cloudinary's SAP Commerce extension enables you to create rich media experiences on your storefront, whether B2B or B2C, by leveraging Cloudinary's automatic image and video optimization and transformation capabilities, and delivering responsive media through global content delivery networks.

SAP configuration

Installation and setup

The SAP Commerce Cloudinary extension is freely available from GitHub.

It supports the following SAP Commerce versions: 2005, 1905 and 1811, and both the Accelerator and Spartacus storefronts.

Download the following documents for installation and basic usage instructions:

Main features

This architecture diagram shows how Cloudinary is integrated into various SAP Commerce platform components and the flow of media content around the system.

SAP Commerce Cloudinary extension architecture

Store media in your Cloudinary DAM

Maintain a single source of truth for your media assets in your Cloudinary DAM by synchronizing media from SAP Commerce to Cloudinary, and delivering all your media from Cloudinary. Manage your media in your Cloudinary DAM with the help of its commonly-used Media Library features.

Transformations and optimizations

Using the extension you can apply Cloudinary transformations to your media to optimize size, format and quality, add overlays, apply visual enhancements and more. All Cloudinary image and video transformations can be applied at various levels in your store, with the transformations for the most specific level taking precedence. So, for example, a transformation that includes a text overlay showing 50% Off for an image on the product level will override a transformation with a text overlay saying 25% Off that was set for an image on the catalog level.

Responsive breakpoints

The extension includes special functionality for adding responsive behavior to your images to make sure that the optimal image size is delivered to each user based on the available space on their viewing device.

Product Gallery

Include images, videos and 360 spin sets on your product description pages using the highly customizable Cloudinary Product Gallery.

Cloudinary Product Gallery

Video Player

Use Cloudinary's HTML5-based Video Player to display videos on your storefront in the way you want.

Commonly-used Media Library features

With the SAP Commerce Cloudinary extension installed, you can open your Cloudinary Media Library when selecting assets from Cloudinary. You can access almost all of the same functionality that is available in the full Media Library in your account console.

Select a media asset

Advanced search

The advanced search lets you search by filters such as tags, metadata, format, orientation, resolution, or (if supported for your account), even by image analysis characteristics, such as prominent colors, presence of faces, or image location.

Media Library advanced search

For more details, see Advanced search in the Digital Asset Management guide.

Folders and collections

Folders and collections can be used for access control and collaboration. Organize assets into folders (fixed containers) and collections (virtual groupings), define user groups, and then share your folders and collections with user groups or individual users at different access permission levels. You can also share collections with external stakeholders by sending a URL to a dedicated collection webpage, which is available to those with a link during an optionally specified date range.

You can access collections from the Navigation button at the top left of the Media Library.

Media Library collections

For more details, see Folders and Collections in the Digital Asset Management guide.

Tagging and metadata

Assets that have tags and other metadata enable all Media Library users to better organize and search for assets in the Media Library.

In addition to the option to specify tags when you upload an image, you can also add or edit tags and other metadata after images are uploaded via the embedded Media Library, and even set the same tags or metadata on multiple images at once.

You can view and set this data using the Asset toolbar or in the Asset management page.

Asset toolbar

You can set tags and metadata for several selected assets at once from the main Media Library view using the Tag or Edit Metadata options in the asset toolbar. The type of metadata available for editing (contextual or structured) depends on the settings for your organization's account.

Media library asset toolbar

Asset management page

You can view or edit tags and metadata as well as view embedded image metadata for a specific asset from the Summary and Metadata tabs of the Asset management page.

To open the Asset management page either double-click the asset or select Manage from the asset's context (right-click) menu.

Media library asset management

Tip
From the Asset management page, you can also select to insert a pre-defined transformation of the original asset (a 'Transformation Preset'), view or activate a variety of image analysis options in the Analysis tab, and more. For details, see Asset management drill-down in the Digital Asset Management Guide.

Media editor

The media editor is only applicable to images and is accessible from the Asset management page, by clicking the Edit Image button.

In the media editor, you can crop and resize your image to suit your design. If you save the modified image, your current asset will be overwritten. You can retrieve the original if you have backups enabled. Otherwise, you may prefer to download the modified image and upload it as a new asset.

Media library media editor

Transformation editor

The transformation editor is accessible from the Asset management page, by clicking the Transform button.

In the transformation editor you can apply and preview various transformations, then click Insert to use this transformed asset as your media item. Unlike when using the media editor, your original asset remains unmodified.

Media library transformation editor

For more details, see Asset and transformation editing in the Digital Asset Management guide.


Guide to Building the Ultimate E-Commerce Website

 
You may also want to take a look at Cloudinary's five-chapter Guide to Building the Ultimate E-Commerce Website. The guide includes suggestions by e-commerce and technical experts on how to build a versatile marketplace by selecting automated e-commerce and CMS platforms that help you create, modify, and deploy adaptable user experiences.

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