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Introducing Wombat

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Sean Schofield

Welcome to Wombat

Recently, you may have noticed a few changes on our website. Specifically, we’ve renamed our integration platform—which we used to call the Spree Commerce hub—as Wombat. Where you used to find information about the hub, now you will be redirected to our new website devoted to the integration platform at wombat.co. Where you used to find the documentation for the hub, you will be redirected to the Wombat support portal at support.wombat.co.

Why did we do this?

The hub—now Wombat—is our integration platform for storefronts that need to connect to key systems such as accounting, ERP, and fulfillment. Since we launched it in 2012, it has grown significantly and we have received interest from companies who are not currently using the Spree open source storefront. Earlier this year at SpreeConf, we announced that we could now connect to non-Spree storefronts including Magento, Hybris, Shopify and Big Commerce. In fact, since Wombat uses a standard JSON API for communication, it can communicate with any storefront, including custom-built solutions.

It has become clear to us that, while the platform will always have a close tie to our Spree storefront software, it also has become an e-commerce solution unto itself, and it deserves its own brand and website. So we’ve launched it today at wombat.co.

Why Wombat?

Wombats work hard for what they want, they’re smart and strategic. They deal with complexity well, burrowing intricate pathways underground—not unlike stores that have to deal with a maze of services and vendors in order to operate well.

Plus, we like the logo:

What does this mean for Spree itself, and the stores that use it?

Only good things: We’re still growing our open source software, just as we always have. More and more merchants are choosing Spree to run their stores every day. There are now more than 45,000 stores around the world that are built on Spree technology, and we’re expanding further through word-of-mouth amongst developers and store owners, as well as partnerships like our recently announced alliance with GoDadddy. The more all these developers and stores work with Spree, the better the code gets. That’s the beauty of open source, and we’re still proud to say that we have the most awesome community in all of e-commerce!

Even though Wombat is a paid product, we haven’t forgotten our open source roots. All of the Wombat integrations are open source, which means that you can use your own customized integrations with Wombat, even if our out-of-the-box-hosted integrations don’t work for you. We have set up a brand new Github organization dedicated to open sourcing these integrations.

So give Wombat a try today at wombat.co. We’re continuing to improve and grow it, so let us know what you think!

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