Deep Dive into Inventory Support

With the release of XOMNI V3 one of our highlighted features is the Inventory Support. Now we have a sample application showcasing the implementation of an inventory use case open sourced on our Github repository including a detailed step-by-step how-to documentation.

You may have noticed our series of technical videos on youtube. Above is the latest one taking you through the implementation of an in-store inventory functionality with our APIs.

When you go through the materials you will see that we kept our “highest flexibility” promise and designed our APIs in a way you can implement more then in-store inventory. Essentially we designed a flexible store contextual data repository per item/product within the catalog which you can use to enable any type of in-store data related functionality you envision.

Let us know your feedback and keep shooting your sample source code requests to our end on twitter and on facebook.

What Do YOU See In The Clouds? – The Future of Cloud Powered User Experience

Why do most “cloud based” SaaS companies take a highly templatized, one-size-fits-all approach to User Experience Delivery?

In the forthcoming release of OnWindows magazine I’m going to talk about the risks of taking such an approach and the value of adopting a more flexible model which respects the creative process.

Updated 4/10/2015 with OnWindows Article: http://bit.ly/1Eho4nk

In the interim, please meet some “like minds” or as we commonly call them, XOMNI Channel Partners:

If you are interested in Omnichannel Experience Management with a focus on UX flexibility and extreme performance, let’s connect and share stories.

Chad Brown | XOMNI

XOMNI Cloud v3 Launch Update

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Last week we officially launched XOMNI Cloud v3 and the response has been amazing! We wanted to share a few helpful links so you can get to know what this new release has to offer, starting with a Whitepaper authored by Microsoft.

Super Search: Hyper performant search is key for any quality product catalog based in-venue and mobile experience. Of course, scalable search is just as important when dealing with Tier 1 retailers and their VERY deep product catalogs. XOMNI is ready for the largest of large catalogs out there today.

Simple Experiences: A common misconception about Omnichannel is that it’s complicated. From Omnichannel implementation to the experiences themselves, they are user centric, integrated, immersive and by connection complicated. Not true. First, XOMNI makes integration with existing systems easy. Second, although XOMNI provides a seemingly endless list of features and supported scenarios, no one said you must use them all in one application! It’s true, endless aisle, associate experiences and what we call epicenter experiences can benefit by rich functionality. XOMNI powers many such experiences. However, we encourage the use of what we call Micro Experiences to engage customers in a meaningful but simplistic way. We are excited to announce new mechanisms as part of XOMNI Cloud v3 to attract customers and measure success.

Expert Support: You don’t need to figure out the Micro and Immersive mix of experiences all by yourself! For this, we encourage engaging our Channel Partner ecosystem to selectively use XOMNI features that accomplish specific goals.

We can’t wait to see how our customers and channel partners leverage the new functionalities shipped in v3. If you haven’t already, please follow xomni_cloud on twitter to share your success and keep up with the latest in Omnichannel innovation.

Thank you!
Team XOMNI

XOMNI V3 Released!

The XOMNI Release Engineering Team is happy to announce the immediate availability of the final release of XOMNI Cloud Platform V3, a major milestone. We are sure you’ll enjoy the many improvements. We’ve done our best to bring the latest technology to our platform while still maintaining the stability, performance and security that you’ve come to expect.

Here are some of the advanced features and improvements we would like to highlight:

  • Twitter Integration : When we first released our Facebook integration specifically crafted for retailers, our partner ecosystem fell in love with it. Engaging social scenarios + simplicity + innovative analytics makes adding social to your application a no-brainier. Now, we are extending the functionality to Twitter as well!
  • Inventory Support : Today our partners implement inventory logic on our platform thanks to the flexibility of our APIs.  Now, we have much more! As part of v3 we have build-in inventory support with extended functionality designed to enhance the customer experience. A powerful inventory API will make contextual scenarios where inventory data is required much more effective.
  • UI Analytics : In our V2 API we released the back-end analytics integrated with loyalty data. With v3, we have UI analytics as well.  Interactive agencies can now easily implement flexible scenarios to track much more including simple A/B testing. Is your pilot hitting your success metrics? You’ll now know. Combine this data with Audience Measurement and gain even greater insights.
  • Public API SDK for .NET : Starting from V3 of our APIs you can build in-store experiences on top of our Public API SDK for .NET and not worry about straight API implementation at all. This has been one of the popular requests we received from our partners and very happy to ship it!
  • Meaningful Open Sourcing: This is huge! Our hope is to open source EVERYTHING that takes a dependency on our APIs. Samples, Reference Applications and even our CMS! As of v3, we have all of our SDKs open sourced on GitHub! This means you can grab the source code, discover the inner workings and contribute. Make it your way!  We will have much more to announce in time.
  • NuGet Packages : Our developer experience team wanted to make it easier for you to start building your next back-end integration or the next amazing client experience you are envisioning. Now you can simply use our NuGet packages without worrying about API minor updates or SDK updates at all. This will streamline the update rollouts directly to your developers desktop. A dream come true for many of our partners and certainly and dream to use!

For the geeks within us, here are some technical insights about what we did in V3 for better performance;

  • Azure Search : Search is a critical part of XOMNI. We were extremely happy to be invited to participate to a very early adoption program for Azure Search and work with Microsoft’s Azure Search Development Team. It’s not a coincidence that we have released our V3 APIs at the same time Microsoft released their Azure Search product and made it available globally just now! See Microsoft Blog for their announcement with a quote from our CTO, Daron Yöndem.
  • Azure DocumentDB : We worked very closely with the Microsoft Azure team on their first document type NOSQL product. We got our hands on the program while they were building it and were able to provide very early feedback to make sure DocDB and XOMNI are a success together. We migrated our back-end analytics infrastructure to DocumentDB and built the all new client analytics on top of it. Check out the the interview our CTO, Daron Yöndem gave to InformationWeek about DocumentDB!

I hope you find our resources on our developer portal to be useful, and thanks very much for all of our early adoption partners for their support on our journey.

Our Channel Partners Shined at NRF 2015

As you may have noticed throughout the heavy activity on our twitter and facebook feeds last week we were in New York City helping our channel partners shine at National Retail Foundation Expo 2015. It’s our third year at NRF and we are very happy sharing the stage with our channel partners showcasing amazing retail experiences powered by our APIs.

During NRF 2015 GameStop took stage during the conference keynote showing their vision for the next version of the retail experience in GameStop stores. Meanwhile our channel partner Confiz was presenting the GameStop solution in Microsoft booth. Take a look at the videos below to see how Confiz leveraged Omni-Discovery and Omni-Play building the next retail experience for GameStop.



On the other end of the expo area there was a magical mirror able to provide highly customized suggestions based on a variety of secret metrics. Our channel partner thebigspace built the smartest fitting room ever. Below you can find Will Amos from thebigspace demoing their retail experience built on top of our APIs.


We are looking forward to share more during 2015. With the upcoming release of our V3 APIs 2015 will be an exciting year for retail. Stay tuned!

P.S. If you are a developer keep your eyes on our developer portal!

Daron Yöndem
Chief Technology Officer

Real-Time Retail at NRF

It’s now or never. A retailer faces many consumer driven opportunities to make a sale. Today, retail is rarely ready for them. Are you presenting the right product, price or promotion at the right time?

This year at NRF XOMNI will be talking about how Retailers can do exactly that. Although our NRF meeting schedule is filling fast, Daron Yondem (XOMNI CTO) and I still have a few slots available. We would be happy to discuss how to quickly produce innovative pilots, encourage experience iteration and go to production automatically upon finding a fit for your customers and brand. Of course, leveraging our Creative Ecosystem powered by XOMNI Channel Partners will ensure your success.

This year we have two Channel Partners that we know of highlighting XOMNI Experiences at NRF. Channel Partner thebigspace has developed a dynamic recommendations style guide on the XOMNI platform that will be on display at the Zebra technologies booth. Channel partner Confiz will be in the Microsoft booth demoing a GameStop experience we are excited to tell you more about after the start of the show.

Would you like to talk? Get a personal tour of our NRF showcases? Let us know.

Regards,
Chad Brown
President | CEO

So… you want to collect private information on a public device do you?

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This is a common problem in retail and extends to many industries. You’ve successfully engaged the customer with an innovative and interactive public device, now you want to take the conversation to the next level. Perhaps authorize a social activity, collect some personal information or complete a monetary transaction. This is where you will likely lose your customer.

XOMNI has solved this problem via the cloud as a secure orchestration mechanism. Imagine a scenario where the customer’s mobile device can be leveraged at any point in the public experience to provide a secure, private and efficient input experience for sensitive information. The XOMNI Cloud Platform solves this problem in a very eloquent way, empowering developers to easily integrate such a solution into their applications.

If you have desire to dig a little deeper don’t hesitate to reach out to sales@xomni.com for more information.

Cloud + Creative for Retail Experience

The Future of Retail Experience

Highly templatized one-size-fits-all solutions are not the future of retail. Come see Vectorform present a Cloud + Creative model to building Retail Experiences. These seamless omnichannel experiences are not just visually appealing and engaging. XOMNI powered experiences are backed by the Cloud offering extreme scale that’s easy to deploy and manage.

Vectorform will be showing off a new universal application they developed which will help those wishing to build rich XOMNI powered experiences get a head start.

Limited space is available. If you are in the Boston area don’t miss it! Sign up here.