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Posted on August 19, 2014 by Cerebrate

Real time Business Intelligence for your Spree Store

Business Intelligence is critical for the success of an e-commerce business. As an owner, you want to have a complete overview of your store operations, sales, inventory, customers, and customer service. This allows you to manage your online business more effectively and efficiently.

Traditionally, setting up BI systems and dashboards has been a very time-consuming and expensive process. This approach is not suitable to work in today’s fast-paced dynamic environments. You need a system that is agile, flexible, collaborative, and easy to deploy and use.

Keeping this in mind, we here at Cerebrate have built an out-of-the-box integration with Spree Commerce to set up a BI solution with minimal effort. You can be up and running with a full-fledged BI dashboard in a matter of minutes. Below is a simple overview of how to set up an analytics dashboard for your storefront using our BI solution – CIBI!

Solution Overview

Cerebrate’s Business Intelligence Solution

CIBI stands for Cerebrate Integrated Business Intelligence. It’s a web-based Business Intelligence product developed for small and medium scale enterprises. CIBI can get you set up for your reporting needs in a matter of hours—not weeks or months! It’s hosted at https://cibi.co & we offer a free trial for you to check it out.

Setting up Spree Commerce Dashboard

Setting up BI dashboard for your storefront with CIBI can be done in two simple steps.

Step 1: Connect your store
You just need to enter just three simple inputs

When you hit save, CIBI creates an appropriate schema, which can then be used to generate charts. In the background, our data-harvesting system starts collecting and aggregating data that will be available on your dashboards within minutes.

Step 2: Create Dashboards & Charts
Users can create visuals by using a simple drag and drop interface. Different aggregations can be applied on any field. There are plenty of visualization options that give you a lot of flexibility on how you would like to represent your data.

Views and Filters

Define different views and filters and share your dashboards with colleagues.

Built in role-based access controls allow you to control the flow of information within your organization. All dashboards are interactive. In other words, it’s really easy to filter in any field, on any chart, to slice and dice your data along any dimension. CIBI is secure, scalable and very easy to use. You don’t need programmers to get started – all you need is 5 minutes!

About Cerebrate

Cerebrate is a Business Intelligence company headquartered at Santa Clara, CA. Having worked with many Fortune 500 companies in the past like Cisco, VMWare, Intuit, etc., we decided to leverage our 10+ years of consulting experience and software development expertise to create a web-based BI product targeted for SMEs. We started developing CIBI in 2013 and are very excited to partner with Spree Commerce to develop great analytics solutions for their users.

Get in touch

If you are interested in enabling CIBI for your storefront, feel free to contact info@cerebrateinc.com. To view this blog in its orginal format, check out Cerebrate’s blog.

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Introducing the Wombat Blog

Posted on August 15, 2014 by Alexander Diegel

Introducing the Wombat Blog

By now you may have heard of Wombat, Spree Commerce’s ecommerce integration platform. For a quick introduction, Wombat is the first Scaling as a Service platform for ecommerce. Scaling your ecommerce business with Wombat means you’ll never worry about losing an order, or integrating your drop-shipping, accounting, ERP or POS systems.

With Wombat, you can connect any store to any service, no custom code required. Wombat works with any storefront: Shopify, Magento, BigCommerce, Spree, even custom-built solutions. Connect your storefront with your mission critical services in just minutes, not weeks or months.

You may have already checked out Wombat’s well-stocked knowledge base of screencasts, developer documentation, list of integrations and features. Now we’re adding a robust, developer-centric blog for Wombat to the mix. The Wombat blog will cover product and feature releases as well as issues ecommerce businesses are facing. In keeping with open source principles, expect to catch a good play-by-play post when we write good code and hacks for Wombat. In short, this blog is largely written by developers, for developers.

Lastly, we’re committed to the open source community and would love to see more outside contributions. We absolutely love to receive content from our partners. Feel free to contact us with any story ideas at press@spreecommerce.com.

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Migrating Your Shop to Spree Commerce

Posted on August 13, 2014 by Resolve Digital

Resolve Digital’s Essential Guide to Migrating your Shop to Spree

Your business is booming and that’s great! Now for the bad news: The limitations of your existing e-commerce platform are costing you money.

Growth is fantastic, and is what you strive for. But lack of integration options, limited customization, and poor inventory management are just some of the common pains associated with growth. Spree Commerce can help you resolve those issues.

Resolve Digital, a Spree Commerce Certified Partner, has published the complete guide to migrating to the Spree platform. The Spree platform is known for its specialization in adaptabilty and scalability as your business expands. With that being said, these are the ten crucial issues to consider when planning a platform change.

1. Data Migration

Depending on your existing platform, your developers will use an API to migrate your product and customer data. Or if there’s no API available, they will connect directly to your database.

2. URL redirects

It’s important to set up redirects so any visitor who previously bookmarked a product page is directed to the correct page on your new site.

3. Passwords

Depending on your current platform, it is possible to come up with a solution so customers can keep their current password on your new Spree site.

4. Payment Providers

Check with your current payment provider to confirm that Spree, which uses Active Merchant, is compatible with the existing gateway for that provider.

5. Third-Party Integrations

Your site may integrate with applications like Xero, Netsuite and Shipwire. It is essential that these applications continue to function properly after the transfer.

6. Multi-channel

Wombat has a variety of pre-built integrations that cover POS (point of sale) systems, multiple brick-and-mortar retail locations and other online channels like Amazon or eBay.

7. Wombat Integration Platform

If your site processes more than 500 orders per month, you’re a good candidate for Wombat. As a fully managed environment, Wombat ensures users are registered, tracks orders, confirms that they’re completed, and that product pages are created.

8. Hosting and Performance

Spree works especially well with Ninefold, another partner, whose hosting platform specializes in deploying and hosting your site. It offers economies of scale and consistently high performance.

9. HTML and CSS

In addition to data migration, you may want to port your existing design to your Spree site. If your current design is not responsive, it should be. Spree offers responsive design out-of-the-box for a quality user experience across all devices

10. You own the code

With the Spree platform, you own the complete source code and can modify it to meet the specific needs of your business. As one of the world’s most active open source projects, Spree is used by thousands of developers worldwide.

To view these ten keys in more detail, as well as other essential ingredients to a successful platform change, download Resolve Digital’s full essential guide to migrating your shop to Spree Commerce.

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Latest Wombat Integration: Salesforce

Posted on August 12, 2014 by Netguru

As you may know, Spree has created Wombat, an automated e-commerce solution. We are proud to announce that we have integrated it with Salesforce! Now, you can easily bring all your clients’ information straight into Salesforce.

What it does

The integration allows you to keep all your clients and order details in one place. When a new product is added to the shop, or a new order is created, the integration passes all the relevant information to Salesforce. The three main categories are:


You can move your products’ data from your storefront to Salesforce, including product name, code, description and price. The products aspect is fairly straightforward, so we will focus more on orders.


Now, every time an order is placed in the storefront, the order details are passed to Salesforce. It is of course linked to the relevant product and the relevant customer account. It also allows for updates, so the changes in the shop will be reflected in Salesforce.

Besides the basic information, in Orders you can also see payments and/or cancellation information.


Each order is assigned an account, and each account has one or more contacts. In the context of Salesforce, “Contacts” includes your customers and their contact data. Accounts may be treated just like contacts, but for the sake of flexibility, you can add as many contacts as you need. For example, if the customers Jon, Kate and Bill are buying something for Netguru, the account name may simply be “Netguru,” but there may be three contacts assigned to it.

Right from the account page, you can navigate to other relevant sections like Payments, Orders and Contacts.

All you Wombat users, feel free to grab the integration straight from Github. Yup, it’s open source!

That’s all for now! Feel free to check out this post in Netguru’s original format. And if you love Spree as much as we do, make sure to check out other handy Spree extensions crafted by Netguru:

Spree Customer Care
Add Like Button to your Spree Store
Add Q&A Section to your Spree Store

PS. We’d also love to meet you on Twitter, @netguru!

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