We are excited to announce that HCL Commerce on Now is now available. Everybody loves HCL Commerce but what is HCL Now and why do we have an offering called HCL Commerce on Now?

The best answer I can give is listen to what happens when the Chief Architect at HCL Software, Alex Mulholland, gets together with Johnn Tinch, the Chief Technology Officer at HCL Commerce to talk about HCL Now and HCL SoFy.

In case you prefer, here are my takeaways from the video:

It’s no secret that HCL is committed to cloud native! I can give you 6 reasons why we believe cloud native is the next generation of cloud:

  • No cloud vendor lock-in – truly portable
  • More control over security, privacy and compliance
  • Keep my sales data away from my competition
  • The ability to scale when I need it (planned and unplanned)
  • The latest capabilities when I need them
  • Customize the experience with no limitation

We call that last one ‘Give up commerce’ – when a company takes the simple path or ‘convenience’ of multi-tenant SaaS over what every organization needs today in our digital economy – amazing brand experiences delivered with customization!!!

In a recent survey by Forrester, 61% of business and IT executives said control is more important than the convenience.

HCL Now solves those problems and gives you the control you desire with the convenience of SaaS. HCL Commerce on Now is cloud native as a service. Powered by HCL SoFy, the cloud native Solution Factory for HCL Software, it makes it simple to move to a cloud native architecture now and manage your HCL Software products on the cloud of your choice.

One of the things I love about SoFy is that it makes every solution in HCL Software available to everyone, especially a business user like me. I no longer have to wait for IT to spin up a solution like Commerce for me, which will accelerate innovation as I try things out for myself – whether that’s new capabilities in the latest release or integrating solutions together from the HCL portfolio, like Commerce and Discover, to see if they will help my business. I wrote about SoFy earlier and you can get more information about SoFy here.

HCL Now is a new offering that goes across the HCL Software portfolio and is not just for Commerce. HCL Now delivers:

  • Cloud Native Now: Enterprise grade availability, unlimited scalability and flexibility, built from the ground up as cloud native. Dedicated, secure environments deployed and managed on the cloud of your choice.
  • Experts on Demand: Reduce risk and cost as you move to cloud native with our cloud and HCL product experts.
  • More for Less / No Lock-in: Software and customization investments are portable to and from any cloud, public, private or on-prem. Shared initial investment to kickstart your transformation.

I highly recommend watching the video – I don’t do it justice in my notes. The analogies that Johnn Tinch uses to describe the benefits of HCL Now will make you chuckle and Alex Mulholland will cut through the technology and describe the value of SoFy and HCL Now in clear business orientated reasons. Watch the video.

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Further Reading
Marketing & Commerce | August 3, 2021
HCL Commerce earns 8 medals, including a Gold!
  The Paradigm B2B Enterprise and Mid-market reports are live! This in-depth vendor analysis is a dedicated assessment of the top ecommerce platforms in the B2B space led by Andy Hoar, a long-time analyst and influencer in the B2B ecommerce space. Andy and his team conducted extensive research including live demonstrations with Q&A, interviews with customers and more to ensure a comprehensive and accurate reflection of the platforms’ capabilities. HCL Commerce medaled almost as much as Michael Phelps! We received medals in 8 out of 10 categories for both the Mid-market and Enterprise reports, a significant improvement over the 2020 reports where we received medals in 5 out of 10 categories. We also increased the quality of our medals from 4 bronze and 1 silver in 2020 to 3 bronze, 4 silvers and a gold! I think the biggest story is to come out of this is that Andy (and the analyst community) is starting to see the improvements we are making in our platform and the fundamental benefits inherent in cloud-native commerce. The proof is in the pudding as they say and by showing Andy what’s possible and having our clients tell him how powerful the platform is, we’ve seen the positive outcome in the 2021 report. Below are some of the areas Andy highlighted for HCL Commerce: 1. Handles complexity well 2. Ability to create custom catalogs 3. Facility for spinning up and managing dealer sites 4. Strong promotions functionality 5. Mature back-end interfaces and punchout- related workflows And a great quote directly from Andy: “Customers spoke highly of HCL Commerce’s platform stability and performance with one customer calling it “very powerful.” Some clients commented about HCL’s limited independent partner footprint, underpowered functionality in a few key product areas (e.g., PIM, OMS), and the measurable effort that can...
Marketing & Commerce | July 20, 2021
Unlocking the Future of Commerce with Cloud Native
What is Cloud-Native Commerce and Why Does it Matter?Digital commerce was revolutionized by the introduction of cloud computing over two decades ago. Cloud provides merchants with obvious benefits read the blog for more details.
Marketing & Commerce | July 20, 2021
Announcing Unica Discover on HCL Now
As part of the HCL Now launch, Unica Discover on HCL Now is now available as a cloud-native-as-a-service solution.