Magnitude Software Launches Agility v8

Industry’s Most Advanced Product Information Management Platform Empowers Retailers and Distributors to Take Control of Product Information Journey

Austin, TX –– Magnitude Software, Inc., a leader in delivering unified application data management to global organizations, today announced the release of the industry’s most advanced and adaptive Product Information Management (PIM), Agility v8, with innovative new features that provide an unparalleled user experience for customers.

“Product Information Management is now recognized as a strategic priority for every product-centric company and it’s the foundation for any retailer, global brand, manufacturer or distributor’s information management and marketing strategy,” said Richard Hunt, VP Agility, MDM and DIW solutions for Magnitude Software. “In redesigning Agility v8, we used our deep understanding of our customer’s requirements and anticipated market demands to set a new industry standard for PIM. The five instrumental design goals used to create Agility v8 include — scalability, contextual UX, look and feel, search experience, and team collaboration.”

Based on the trusted knowledge and market insights as to where PIM is headed, Agility v8 is built to ensure that Agility remains the market leading platform by focusing on fully integrating product management, experience management and commerce.

“Agility v8 is a quantum leap forward in scalability, performance and usability and it’s the platform that will take us into the future,” said Chris Barnes, VP of Engineering for Magnitude Software. “By leveraging engineering techniques and technologies learned in other parts of the Magnitude portfolio, such as our Master Data Management and Data Warehousing software, we’re enabling even larger systems, while delivering major productivity gains for our PIM customers.”

Agility customers will have the opportunity to experience the full breadth of the industry’s most advanced PIM capabilities during the Agility v8 showcase at Magnitude’s upcoming user conferences this fall in York, UK (October 15-16) and in Dallas, TX (October 29-30).

About Magnitude Software

Magnitude’s transformative approach to unified application data management delivers vast operational efficiencies to business application data access, management, analytics and reporting for the modern enterprise. Magnitude’s portfolio of products includes: simplified application data access to any data source; data management solutions for the SAP and commerce verticals; simplified master data harmonization and governance; and packaged application analytics and reporting solutions for SAP and Oracle. The company helps thousands of business users simplify management of their data and deliver on the substantial productivity gains these applications originally promised. For more information, please visit www.magnitude.com

About Agility Multichannel

Magnitude Software’s Agility® is a simple-to-use but highly sophisticated Product Information Management (PIM) solution that puts your most valuable product data at the stable core of a go-anywhere, sell-everywhere commerce strategy. Agility Multichannel is the only major PIM vendor focused on fully integrating Product Management, Experience Management and Commerce. Agility services customers both directly and through integration and reseller partners around the world. Visit www.agilitymultichannel.com for access to screenshots, research, videos, customer use cases and more.

Five Reasons Why Retailers Need a PIM

“It is a well-known fact that bringing in technologies in the retail sector is good for business.” — N. R. Narayana Murthy, Co-founder, Infosys.

If technology doesn’t actually run our daily lives, it certainly shapes the journey. From the smart phones we carry, to the multimedia systems in our homes, to the navigation wizardry in our cars, technology is everywhere. Nearly all of it purchased, of course, from a retailer like you.

So, if technology is inescapable, doesn’t it make sense for you, the retailer, to adopt tech in your business? Think about your place in the retail world versus five or ten years ago. Do you have the same competitors? Same products? Same supply chain? Have customer behaviors and tastes stayed the same?  So much has changed, right? And the changes keep on coming. Faster. New competitors, shifting customer expectations and the emergence of online and mobile shopping have shaken the old bricks and mortar. A lot of retailers with a mindset stuck in the 1980s are either failing or have disappeared.

Enter e-commerce

Retail veterans might wax for the simpler times when you had your shop or chain of stores and a reasonably local and predictable customer base. You knew your rivals and they knew you. Customer relationships were more personal. But about 25 years ago, the Internet gave birth to ecommerce. Amazon created and refined online customer engagement. At the same time, products poured into the US from all corners of the globe. The retail world would never be the same.

Amazon was the true retail disruptor. Amazon’s business model centered on customers, specifically their desire for more choices, lower prices and greater convenience. Once Amazon mastered delivery systems, they nailed it. Customers swarmed to Amazon and other sites like eBay. The smarter old guard retail giants took notice and built their own ecommerce platforms, with much copycatting. In this war for the retail dollar, customers were the clear winners.

Today, US online retail sales represent 10.2% of all US retail sales. At $137.7 billion against total US retail sales of $1,344.9 billion, e-commerce continues its steady climb upward. [See chart below.] Within this number are two interesting statistics. First, Amazon owns almost half of the US ecommerce market. Two, about 45% of today’s online purchases are made on mobile devices. Think about that. Nearly one out of two online purchases is made from a smart phone, tablet or wristwatch. The potential of mobile as a retail channel is fascinating to contemplate.

You need a PIM

So how can you bring the power of technology to bear in your business? The answer: Implement a Product Information Management (PIM) solution. Here are five reasons why a PIM is an essential piece of a retailer’s product management and marketing strategy.

  1. To efficiently manage and curate product information —A PIM enables you to create, organize and optimize product data from one central source. The PIM also allows data to be input from external sources such as supplier websites. A PIM is a tremendous time saver and powerful tool.
  2. For brand consistency. Whether you are an active lifestyle retailer, a luxury auto dealer, a department store or a small boutique, your brand is your identity. Now think: How often is your brand message used incorrectly? Do you battle inconsistency with brand usage? A PIM helps you to ensure the consistent, correct style, voice, tone and message of your brand across all channels. You can control who has access to your product data, and you can edit supplier content to conform to your brand’s style. The last point is key if you publish content from overseas suppliers, as translated English occasionally needs a little editing.
  3. To understand market trends — Raise your hand if you hate to fill out sales reports. Thought so. A PIM can integrate data from outside systems (ERP, mainframes, sales data, price files, asset libraries, Excel, Oracle, SAP, etc.) to deliver real-time analytics and reports. This gives the store manager, the regional manager and the corporate office the intel they need about sales, customer behaviors and other factors affecting business performance. Instead of fumbling with spreadsheets, you’ll have the ability to make better decisions faster.
  4. For multichannel publishing — A PIM allows you to configure and feed product information from the data repository to your website and to mobile-friendly platforms as well as publish to print or electronic catalogs, in-store kiosks and many other channels. Content can be updated and repurposed over and over. One national tool retailer uses its PIM data to tailor direct mail and digital marketing messages to different regions and to individual customers. The result is an exceptionally personalized engagement that drives store traffic.
  5. Better blogging. Your blog page is a space to add value and showcase your expertise. A few years back, an ad agency audited a supermarket chain’s web content as part of a website overhaul. Agency writers discovered that the supermarket’s blog content was heavy on holiday entertaining, summer sunburn prevention and grilling, but woefully thin on such diverse topics as wellness, seafood, sustainable foods and vegan/vegetarian cuisine. The blog page was a clear weak spot. Without an efficient means to organize her posts, the in-house blogger often wrote essentially duplicate stories about Christmas cookies and cheese trays. A PIM would have allowed her to organize, update and publish her blogs and remove outdated content.

A robust PIM solution is flexible, scalable, configurable and easily deployed and used. For these reasons, a PIM should be the bedrock of any retailer’s information management and marketing strategy. If you are looking to take control of your product information journey, we recommend the following steps to ensure a thorough PIM evaluation – check out the infographic: Choosing a PIM: What to Watch for.

Are you and your team heading to the most exciting event in retail? Lets connect in Chicago!

Visit Agility at IRCE @ RetailX  (June 25-27, 2019) – we will be exhibiting at booth 423. You will have the opportunity to meet with our PIM experts in-person and talk through your product information challenges. You can even schedule a meeting with us at IRCE to ensure you receive priority.

†Source: US Department of Commerce, Quarterly E-Commerce Retails Sales, 1st Quarter 2019. https://www.census.gov/retail/mrts/www/data/pdf/ec_current.pdf

DID YOU KNOW? US E-COMMERCE RETAIL SALES as % of TOTAL US RETAIL SALES, 2009-2019 (US Department of Commerce, 5/17/2019)

1Q 2009

1Q 2012

1Q 2015

1Q 2019

4.0%

5.0%

7.0%

10.2%

What’s new in v8: User Experience

The release of the industry’s most advanced and adaptive PIM, Agility v8 is fast-approaching! Here’s a sneak peek on the sublime User Experience.

Agility is focused on teamwork and collaboration amongst business users. Our v8 offers advanced search and navigation features, intuitive workspaces designed to focus on your tasks – allowing you to be as efficient as possible, and a dynamic interface that responds to the information you are working with.

Fredrik Engqvist, Senior Solution Architect

Fredrik Engqvist, Senior Solution Architect

We asked Fredrik Engquist, our Senior Solution Architect based in Malmö Sweden, to tell us more about how the user experience in v8 has been redesigned to delight the large community of Agility users.

Fredrik, can you tell us what prompted the update to the new user interface?

Well, it’s more than just an update to the look and feel. When we started to develop the filtering and faceting feature we knew that it was a radical departure to how our customers work today. There is a real separation in searching and navigating for the products you want to work on, with a seamless transition into the edit workspace where the user now has the entire screen available to work on the content. In previous versions, both these operations occupied the same space, and so now the experience feels less cluttered and more cohesive.

Where did the faceting approach come from and why is this different to the structure browsing method?

I think we have all become very used to this kind of experience when navigating commerce websites so it seemed natural to provide a similar approach in our PIM. It also helps the people working with Agility to navigate the content in the way their customers will. Our improved search results “Grid View” ties in with this approach by providing a familiar and more visual way to browse the results.

The interface has a different look and feel too – what prompted that?

Although functionality is obviously critical to any software product, style and ease of use are crucial to providing a great user experience as well. The significant changes to search and navigation with v8 gave us an ideal opportunity to look more holistically at the whole look and feel. Our new design has more white space and roominess to it, so it feels less cluttered and is more visually appealing. Additionally, along with our Magnitude MDM product, we are one of the pioneers of a new ‘family’ approach to user experience that is being rolled out across the Magnitude suite of products, making it easier to use products in combination.

Read more about our other features in our preview on what to expect in Agility v8.

Contact our team today to discuss how Agility v8 can help your team excel in commerce.

Choosing a PIM: What to Watch for

Already on the hunt for a Product Information Management solution? We recommend the following steps to ensure a thorough product evaluation and a clear road map for your product information journey.

Choosing a Product Information Management (PIM): What to Watch for

Learn how the experts at Agility PIM can help your organization excel in Commerce. Take our online PIM ROI assessment to help you determine the potential value a Product Information Management (PIM) solution can bring to your business. You’ll get the results instantly and we will also email you a copy of your assessment results for use in building your business case for PIM.

The Product Information Management provider field is crowded with many competitors vying for business from companies seeking a PIM product. For the seekers, the process of evaluating and choosing a PIM solution can be daunting. Even the first steps — knowing one’s needs and what questions to ask — require careful thought.

As a high-level general guide, a company shopping for a PIM should take these steps:

  • Assemble the decision makers — The core team will typically consist of the CMO, the CTO and their key lieutenants. Cross-functional expertise is critical because not everyone “speaks IT” and a group is less likely to overlook an important factor.
  • Consult stakeholders — Content developers, your analytics team, vendors, designers, other end users. Ask: What do you need in a product information management solution?
  • Identify the Dream State — What ideally will the PIM be able to do for the company?
  • Define a Set a budget — Consider the initial and future costs associated with on-boarding a new solution including: training, implementation, reoccurring licenses, ongoing support, and managed services.
  • Narrow down the field — Close to 80% of research is done online. Try to narrow down your list of potential PIM providers to 3-5 maximum. Remember, not every PIM is a good fit in all cases.
  • Ask the Hard Questions — A PIM (like a puppy) is for life, so make sure you get a feel for the depth of people as well as the product.

The ideal PIM provider will be able to:

  • Discuss whether PIM is right for your business
  • Help your team develop a ROI for a product information management solution
  • Demonstrate how easy the PIM system is to use.
  • Explain how the PIM will interface with existing systems.
  • Demonstrate scalability to meet future needs.
  • Explain how data transfer into PIM will happen
  • Map a timeline for completion.
  • Explain basic PIM functionality and options.
  • Demonstrate how the PIM feeds output channels (print, web, other).
  • Explain ongoing support after the installation.

Provide references from clients who previously purchased the PIM.

 

Join Agility at IRCE @ RetailX

Attending IRCE @ RetailX in Chicago, June 25-27?

Join our Agility Multichannel experts to learn why product information management (PIM) matters for retailers in the digital customer journey. PIM has become a priority investment for digital commerce for retailers and global brands looking to compete and thrive in the omnichannel era.

Learn why our customers love Agility PIM

We’ll demonstrate how we’ve enabled our PIM customers to radically reduce product introduction times, explode SKU count and introduce content excellent categories driven by ROI – all achieved without additional resources.

Visit Agility at booth 423 on the IRCE exhibit hall floor where we will be previewing our newest software release, Agility v8 – our most advanced and adaptive PIM with exciting new features. We’ll also be offering giveaways that you won’t want to miss!

Every retailer needs to continually deliver contextual, comprehensive and flawlessly consistent product information to today’s ever-evolving and always-connected customer. To learn more, schedule a meeting with our product experts on site.

 

What’s new in v8: Save & Share Searches

As part of our preview series on the release of the industry’s most advanced and adaptive PIM, Agility v8, here’s the low down on the Save & Share Searches feature.

Agility has always allowed you to save your own search criteria for re-use.  Now, you can share them with specific users and user groups, essentially creating task lists in a specified workspace. Users can pin these searches as favorites to their own space, with regularly updated search counts providing instant feedback on work to be done.

Meg Rhem, Customer Success Team for North America

We’ve asked Meg Rhem, who manages the Customer Success Team for North America, and who has over 15 years of experience working directly with Agility customers, to talk a little about the new Agility v8 Save and Share functionality.

Meg, could you walk us through the major changes with Saved Searches?

You’ve been able to save searches in Agility for years now, however with v8 you can save the filter configuration, the search result layout and the workspace you will see if you click to edit one of the results. Also, a user of a saved search can further refine the results using the faceting mechanism. Another neat feature is that you can lock down a saved search by hiding the parameters, essentially providing the results as a fixed “to do” list.

But weren’t you always able to share searches in Agility too?

Previously, the saved search was made available to anyone that had access to the workspace. In v8, you now have the ability to specify individual users and user groups. A really cool feature is that users can now “pin” that search to their workspace and Agility will regularly push a search result count that acts as a notification or prompt to encourage the user to process the results to zero. So, this becomes a very effective task list function. I think this helps to reinforce the collaborative approach to working that is a real strength of Agility PIM.

Check out our other features in our preview on what to expect in Agility v8.

Contact our team today to discuss how Agility v8 can help your team excel in commerce.

Four Reasons Why Distributors Need a PIM

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.” — Socrates.

Today, distributors face unprecedented challenges to remain viable in a rapidly changing marketplace. New competitors, shifting customer behaviors and emerging technologies have upended the traditional product-centric selling paradigm. How can a distributor survive — and thrive — in these unpredictable times? Here are four reasons why a Product Information Management (PIM) solution is an essential piece of a distributor’s digital marketing strategy.

The back story

For decades, distributors competed on a relatively contained battlefield. In any given business segment, distributors had their roster of manufacturers and their exclusive rights deals. They knew their rivals. They carved out their niches and market shares. They developed lasting relationships with customers. Much of the distributor value proposition was rooted in one-to-one personal contacts as well as industry expertise, the brand equity of a printed catalog, and supply chain or other knowledge-based services. This “steady state” extended through the first few decades of the Internet.

As we entered the 1990s or thereabouts, the dynamics began to change. Somebody discovered that if customers could order products over “this Internet thing” — they would. Willingly. Eagerly. Repeatedly.

Smart, forward-thinking distributors boarded the ecommerce train early. Websites sprouted overnight like spring dandelions, morphing within a short time from static informational storefronts to sophisticated online shopping experiences. More and more customers adopted this new way of shopping. Still, many change-shy distributors either dabbled in e-commerce as an add-on channel, or dismissed its importance completely.

Unfortunately, a lot of those distributors are no longer in business.

Rise of the Disruptors

As noted earlier, distributors historically competed against “the devil they knew”, that is, with companies that had a shared knowledge of products, industries and customers. But the past 25 years saw the emergence of the Disruptors — the “devils they didn’t know” — chiefly the Amazons and EBays and a plethora of new online-only distributors. These upstarts from outside “traditional” distribution didn’t necessarily know a socket wrench from a pair of socks. They had no brick-and-mortar presence. They didn’t operate from a product-first mindset. But what they did understand were customers. Their businesses thrived on feeding buyers’ evolving desires for more choices, lower prices and greater convenience. They viewed the world from a customer-centric perspective.

Previously unshakeable trusted relationships yielded market share to a new era of commoditization. More and more companies offered the same products, so ease of use and speed of delivery became the difference makers. With so many more purchasing options, customers gravitated to sites that were the easiest to use and catered best to their needs. Many manufacturers saw this e-commerce phenomenon and opted to implement their own direct-to-customer digital strategies — bypassing the traditional distributor altogether — or switched channels to the proven Amazon delivery platform.

The impact of ecommerce in 20 years is staggering. Consider the growth of global ecommerce in the retail sector alone: from $150 billion in 1999 to $2.304 trillion in 2017 — a 15-fold increase. Purchases via mobile devices (mcommerce) accounted for an astounding 59% of 2017 retail ecommerce sales.

The need for digital

So what can a distributor with an inadequate ecommerce presence do to remain viable?

The answer: Make a digital strategy Priority One. Craft a carefully conceived plan with an implementation timetable. Shift focus to a customer-centric mindset. Study the Amazons and learn from them. This requires breaking out of “oldthink”, opening minds to new opportunities and realistically assessing the company’s spot in the marketplace.

Digital transformation (DX) incorporates websites, mobile-friendly apps, email marketing, electronic publishing, analytics and more. A PIM is a core component of DX for several key reasons.

  • To keep pace with the leaders — What Amazon offers in the way of information, selection, price, convenience and delivery has redefined the term “customer engagement”. Compare the leading distributors in your industry with Amazon and you’ll find much copycatting. And for good reason: They make the shopping experience engaging and nearly effortless. A good PIM offers the versatility and capability to enable a merchant to create a “best-in-class” customer experience.
  • To efficiently manage and curate product information — Product data is the lifeblood of ecommerce. A PIM enables the distributor to create, organize and optimize this data from one central source to ensure brand consistency across all customer channels. The PIM also allows data to be input from external sources such as supplier websites. A PIM is a tremendous time saver and powerful tool.
  • For multichannel publishing — A PIM allows the distributor to configure and feed product information from the data repository to an ecommerce storefront as well as publish to print or electronic catalogs. An ERP system cannot. This flexibility enables the distributor to target messages to specific audiences with exceptional efficiency and to archive publications for updates and re-use.
  • To understand market trends — A PIM “talks” to outside systems (ERP, mainframes, sales data, price files, asset libraries, Excel, Oracle, SAP, etc.) and integrates data from these sources to provide real-time analytics and reports. This gives the distributor a clear picture of customer behaviors and other factors affecting product performance. Instead of wasting time compiling data, the distributor can evaluate the information from the PIM’s reporting functionality and make better decisions faster.

A robust PIM solution is flexible, scalable, configurable and easily deployed and used. It’s why PIM has become a priority investment for digital commerce. An effective PIM strategy is instrumental for any DX initiative and will empower distributors to compete and thrive in the digital era and beyond.

To learn more about the value PIM can bring to your business, let’s have a conversation.

Join Agility and other thought leaders at the upcoming Modern Distribution Management Digital Distributor Summit (June 18-20, 2019 in Denver) as we look beyond just B2B and focus on the challenges that are specific to distributors as they build digital capabilities.

5 Steps for Ensuring Successful Digital Transformation

For product-centric B2B companies, digital transformation is absolutely critical for survival and future prosperity. Here are 5 steps for ensuring a successful digital transformation.

If embarking on a digital transformation is in your outlook, learn how the experts at Agility® PIM can help your organization excel in Commerce. Contact us today and let’s start the conversation.

1. Know your starting point.

Begin with an honest assessment of where you are today and where you want to go in terms of your organization, structure, product content, and more. A stunning website is great, but it’s not the key to digital transformation. Ultimately, transformation is about having a realistic view of your current business as well as a core vision, conviction and leadership.

2. Reach for the clouds but stay down-to-earth.

Approaching a major new digital project? While it may be tempting to go for everything on your wish list, it’s also critical to show restraint and set realistic expectations. Deciding what to leave out is just as important as prioritizing the big wins.

3. Compromise strategically.

Perfection is not your goal. Consider this: when your directive is to take on 5-10 times more SKUs while radically reducing product intro times, you have to pick your battles. You don’t want to find out that while you were making everything just right, someone else was busy selling to your customers.

4. Make sure it’s the boss’s idea.

To transform, you need buy-in from the right stakeholders early on. That, and solid leadership to set a clear vision for the road ahead, are must-haves. So, the boss must be centrally involved, and preferably consider it their idea (whether it started out that way or not!).

5. Listen to the truth-tellers.

There are many sources of information when looking at new technology, but whom should you believe? Rather than asking the buyers (who may be invested in its success) or reading online reviews, try talking to the people in the trenches — the end users. They are the ones working with the technology and most likely to give you the unvarnished truth.

Agility is a simple-to-use but highly sophisticated Product Information Management (PIM) solution that puts your most valuable product data at the stable core of a go-anywhere, sell-everywhere commerce strategy. Agility Multichannel is the only major PIM vendor focused on fully integrating Product Management, Experience Management and Commerce.

What’s new in v8: Customizable Search Results

In the countdown to our Agility Version 8.0 (v8) launch, here’s what users can look forward to with the Customizable Search Results feature.

With v8, even your search results can be customized to meet your needs – focusing on the products you manage and the tasks you need to complete. You can select the columns to include within a simple list view, or even choose tiled search results for a richer view of what you’ve found.

We asked our customer success advocate, James Drury to tell us what he’s excited about with this new feature. With nearly 20 years of PIM experience, encompassing implementations, data modeling, training, support and project management – James offers a knowledgeable perspective.

James-Drury

James Drury Customer Success Advocate

James, what can Agility customers look forward to with this new feature?

In the simplest “List View”, the user can select which columns of information are the most appropriate for the search result. This will have more impact when saving and sharing the search query for other team members.

However, we are most excited about the grid or “Template View” feature. Now, your search results are displayed within a micro-template, allowing for better sized images and formatted layouts showing titles and descriptions. It’s the kind of view that you are already accustomed to on most commercial websites when searching for a particular product. It just makes what you are looking for that much easier to spot.

Doesn’t this place more complexity on the user to adjust their search views?

We actually ship v8 with a selection of pre-built templates that can be easily customized to fit each customers’ data model. Furthermore, it can be configured to respond dynamically to the objects in the result set. For example, if you have found asset objects, the grid view will have layouts that are tuned to showing assets – the image may be more prominent and show the asset captions. Whereas product layouts may concentrate more on product titles and descriptions. Agility will take care of tailoring this for the user without having to manually make the selection.

How else is v8 better for searching?

v8 gives better feedback for users to determine if they are looking at the right information.  For instance, we make it easy to manipulate what the results actually look like after the filtering and faceting process. Moreover, high level views are set by an administrator – so users don’t have to worry about configurations.

The countdown is on – preview what you can expect in Agility v8.

 

Contact our team today to discuss how Agility v8 can help your team excel in commerce.

What’s new in v8: Bulk Actions

With the imminent release of the industry’s most advanced and adaptive PIM, Agility v8, here’s a sneak peek on the Bulk Actions feature.

With v8, whether there are 20 or 2000 search results, you can perform bulk actions directly on them – like updating specific attributes, linking them to a website category, or even completing more intelligent tasks using our Agility Data Integration (DI) tool kit. All this is controlled through a simple step-by-step interface available to any user with the appropriate rights.

We asked Jon Richards, our Senior Technical Architect, who is a driving force behind the design of v8 to tell us more about the significance of this new feature in Agility v8 to apply bulk actions to your content.

Jon Richards, Senior Technical Architect

Jon, tell us about the Bulk Action feature in Agility v8 and what problems it solves for our customer base?

One major advantage of having a PIM solution is that it enables you to have full control over your product content and maintain it more efficiently.  A common scenario is the need to make changes to an attribute for a range of products at the same time based on a category or more complex criteria. Another scenario could be to move the products into a new marketing ‘event’, such as a website.

As we’ve alluded to in our v8 countdown, we’ve radically changed the searching and browsing experience.  As such, we’ve also taken the opportunity to review how these kinds of bulk changes can be made.

With Bulk Actions, the process is now super-streamlined. With the filtering and faceting feature, you can quickly and intuitively whittle down the selection you want to work on.  Furthermore, you now have the ability to apply any required actions onto the entire selection without having to go into a different screen or workspace.

What kind of Bulk Actions are available straight out of the box?

Out of the box, you can quickly link or move products to a new location, or (and I suspect this will be the most popular action) update the attributes of the objects found. Other currently supported actions include unlinking objects and changing their workflow status. The action is driven through a Wizard that allows you to either manually curate the selection of objects throughout the paged results, or just update all of the objects in the result set at once.

How do you see this feature developing over time?

With our regular service pack release program, we’ll be adding more types of Bulk Actions to the list. One flexible option will be the ability to pass the result set through an Agility DI Job that will allow you to define your own actions, whether super-simple or highly sophisticated.  We’re constantly looking at ways to enhance the user experience for our Agility community and the release of v8 provides the first step in a rolling program of usability and efficiency improvements driven by feedback from our customers.

To learn more, check out our preview on what to expect in Agility v8.

Contact our team today to discuss how Agility v8 can help your team excel in commerce.