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Introducing SugarCRM for Wombat

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Alexander Diegel

Introducing SugarCRM for Wombat

SugarCRM is a popular tool for companies that demand a robust customer relationship management solution that’s also easy to use. SugarCRM lets you track relevant information on your clients, from purchase history to sales call notes, all through an easy-to-use, intuitive interface. Thanks to our partner NuRelm, SugarCRM is Wombat’s newest available integration!

A SugarCRM integration with Wombat makes both tools even more powerful. Simply configure your integration and flows under Wombat Settings and you’re good to go; no custom development required. Wombat automates a range of processes allowing you to launch quickly and confidently. Specifically, Wombat will automatically:

• Push new and updated customer data to SugarCRM
• Send new and updated orders to SugarCRM
• Send new and updated product data to SugarCRM
• Send new and updated shipment data to SugarCRM

For more on Wombat and SugarCRM, visit our technical documentation, which includes a step-by-step guide on how to integrate Sugar CRM with Wombat. Wombat is adding new integrations all the time, so be sure to check back in with us for more helpful guides and connections. To read NuRelm’s take on the integration, check out part one and part two of their blog post series, “Make Your Store and CRM System Be Friends.”

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Farewell Ryan Bigg

Posted on July 20, 2014 by Sean Schofield

Ryan Bigg
Next month we will be saying farewell to our good friend and long time Community Manager, Ryan Bigg. Ryan has been the Spree Community Manager for almost three years now having joined Spree back in November 2011. Ryan was working on a Spree store for his former employer when we approached him about taking over the community. He has been making a huge impact on the Spree community ever since. Unfortunately Ryan insists on living in Melbourne, Australia and the years of working remotely and in relative isolation have taken their toll. After August 15 he will working out of the local Melbourne office of his new employer.

Bigg shoes to fill

Over the past several years Ryan has made 3,735 commits to the Spree project adding 169,402 lines of code (and removing almost and equal amount of code as well!) More importantly, he has helped keep the Spree open source project moving forward, freeing Brian and I to raise venture funding and grow the company. During this time Ryan has also participated in over 2,000 discussions on spree-user and he has responded with over 7,000 commments on various GitHub issues. Ryan led the effort on namespacing, the API redesign, splitting Spree into mountable engines and the recent refactoring of promotions and adjustments.

Moving forward

Jeff DutilWe will be looking to hire another full time community manager for Spree. In the meantime, the Spree community will continue to move forward with the continued involvement of myself and Brian Quinn. While Brian and I are less visible in the day to day running of the community, we are still very much involved behind the scenes and this involvement will continue.

We’re also going to have long-time Spree contributor Jeff Dutil assume the role of interim Community Manager. Jeff recently joined Spree Commerce after a long stint at Rails Dog where he was originally hired by Brian and I before we sold the company and got out of the consulting business. He has been contributing to Spree for several years now but you’re going to be seeing even more of him while we conduct the search for a new Community Manager. Spree veterans Peter Berkenbosch and Washington Luiz will also continue to drive the project forward.

A new beginning

The Spree project is one of the most active projects on Github and our community has grown from over 100 contributors in 2011 to over 550 contributors at present. Spree has become something much bigger than the individual who creeated it (myself) or the person who lead its development since late 2011 (Ryan). Spree has been the top Ruby e-commerce solution since its beginning in 2007. It has improved over the years as the previous developers stepped back and made room for a new generation of developers joining the project. We’ve seen the same progression with Ruby on Rails as DHH turned over the reins to Yehuda Katz who then passed the torch on to Aaron Paterson. Change in open source is normal and in fact it’s beneficial. I’m personally excited for the next person to join the team and make their mark.

Spree 3.0

Lately, many people in the community have been asking us what’s next with Spree? There has been a lot of talk about a possible rewrite of the backend interface. Sameer Gulati, who is the Chief Product Officer at Spree Commerce, has been actively talking to many of our users about possible directions in which to take the backend interface. There have also been lots of companies using Spree with JavaScript frameworks such as Angular.js (on the frontend and backend) so that remains another interesting possibility. Finally, Ryan, Brian Quinn, Jeff and Washington have also been working on some interesting experiments aimed at finding out what it would take to turn Spree into a truly modular, service-oriented architecture that is completely driven by API.

No decisions have been made as to what Spree 3.0 will contain nor when it will be released. We’re still gathering requirements, conducting experiments and of course consulting with the community. The one thing you can count on, however, is that Spree will continue to advance. The project will evolve incrementally for a while and then eventually take another big leap forward, just as it always has, and just like any good open source project must.

We wish Ryan the best of luck in his new endeavor and we look forward to where his replacement will help take us next.

Spree and Affirm Meetup a Hit in San Francisco

Posted on July 17, 2014 by Alexander Diegel

Over 50 Attendees for Spree and Affirm’s Consumer Finance Meetup

The latest in our series of Meetups recently came to a close, when Spree and partner Affirm teamed up to talk innovations in consumer financing. On July 16, 2014, over 50 attendees, ranging from merchants to developers to rubyists, gathered for a night of collaboration and discussion.

Affirm CEO and Paypal co-founder Max Levchin was the lead speaker of the night, discussing Affirm’s consumer-friendly financing solution.

Affirm’s innovative system is a true win-win for merchants and consumers alike, helping sellers increase their conversion rates and average order value. The system will help buyers, especially millenials who typically don’t have large lines of available credit, get the items they want NOW, without having to endure the painful credit approval process. Members of Affirm’s technical team were also on hand to show developers and store owners how to get up and running with a Spree-Affirm integration in minutes.

Meanwhile, Spree’s Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Melissa Pegus, gave a full introduction of Wombat, Spree’s automated solution for e-commerce integrations.

Wombat was designed to help developers and store owners minimize the complexity of logistics, get to market quicker, and grow faster. Wombat works with any storefront, such as Spree, Shopify, Big Commerce, Magento or Prestashop, and can even be used with your own custom storefront.

Spree Commerce Certified Partners BuildRX, Crowd Interactive, and Resolve Digital were on hand to answer questions about Spree and Wombat’s ability to create custom business logic, configure custom ERPs, and how to connect to accounting systems.

Stay tuned for our next meetup happening next Thursday at GoDaddy’s Sunnyvale, CA offices on July 24th. The focus will be on GoDaddy’s multi-tenant deployment of Spree— the largest in the world— and there are even rumblings about Go Kart racing in their office. To learn more, visit the Meetup.com page and RSVP:

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Spree and Affirm Meetup Ready to Go

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Melissa Pegus

Spree Commerce, Affirm for Consumer Financing Meetup in San Francisco

Less than 24 hours to go until the next Spree Commerce Meetup! This evening, Wednesday, July 16, at 6:30PM, Affirm will welcome the Spree Community into their San Francisco offices (325 Pacific Ave. in SF) for an evening of collaboration, discussion, and innovation.

We’re excited to have Affirm CEO, and PayPal Co-Founder, Max Levchin, as our lead speaker. Max will discuss Affirm’s consumer-friendly financing solution that helps merchants increase their average order value and helps consumers get the items they want NOW without having to endure the slow and painful credit approval process. If you haven’t read Wired’s recent profile of Affirm, you should check it out before the event.

Members of Affirm’s technical team will also be on hand to talk through how to integrate their payment services with your Spree store to get you up and running in minutes!

Also scheduled for discussion is an introduction of Wombat, Spree’s automated solution that connects stores to their operations, such as warehouses; drop shippers, accounting, ERP solutions, and more. Stores use Wombat to minimize the complexity of logistics, get to market quicker, and grow faster. Wombat works with any storefront platform, whether it’s Spree, Shopify, Magento, Demandware, Hybris or any others. You can even use Wombat with a custom storefront that you’ve created yourself.

Spree Commerce certified partners BuildRX, Crowd Interactive, and Resolve Digital will be in attendance to talk about their Wombat implementation experience, as well as field any questions you may have about improving your e-commerce presence and operations.

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