On November 20, 2013 Microsoft Commerce Server was purchased by Sitecore, a leader in customer experience management software. The migration, known as Sitecore Commerce Server, is a prevalent topic in the .NET sphere because it begs the question–what other .NET solutions can fill its shoes?
The migration means that Microsoft Commerce is not a feasible solution for its customers. Thousands of companies are now looking for other .NET solutions that offer support following the migration. In particular, a lack of support has been the key issue. Microsoft stopped providing free support for Commerce Server on July 7, 2014 but will offer paid support until July 2019, according to its support page. Limited support equates to limited service. ZD.net reported that companies with “mission-critical workloads” will struggle due to lack of quality support. Now, there is demand for a different .NET platform to combat this problem.
In Gartner’s analysis of the migration, it found that those companies on Legacy Microsoft Commerce with unique customizations will find the transition onerous, given the tailored nature of those platforms.
Companies are familiar with and have heavily invested in .NET framework. Without technical support and future releases, Microsoft Commerce offers little value; it will become obsolete within the next few years.
Now, three options remain for companies at the center of the migration:
1. Do nothing
2. Buy support until 2019 and adjust platforms later
3. Look for a similar product to start the migration journey
Whatever option your company chooses, it will require careful analysis of .NET platforms.
If making the switch from Microsoft Commerce, find a platform that is customizable. It makes sense to convert to another .NET platform that is supported and has future releases planned. Znode Multifront™ is a viable solution if you’re looking to make an eCommerce solution change. Just like with Microsoft Commerce, Znode will provide full access to the source code, allowing you to completely customize the entire software. Visit our website to learn more and request a demo.