Adobe Experience Platform release notes

Release date: November 11, 2020

New features in Adobe Experience Platform:

Updates to existing features:

Adobe Experience Platform Data Lake migration migration

While Adobe is migrating the Data Lake from Gen1 to Gen2, users will be able to read from the Data Lake, but all capabilities that write into the Data Lake will be impacted. Adobe will be contacting System Administrators to discuss the impact of the migration in detail and to confirm the migration dates and times for specific organizations.

For more information, please read the Data Lake migration guide.

Access control access-control

Experience Platform leverages Adobe Admin Console product profiles to link users with permissions and sandboxes. Permissions control access to a variety of Platform capabilities, including data modeling, profile management, and sandbox administration.

Key features

In the Admin Console, the tab within a Platform product profile allows you customize which Platform capabilities are available for the users attached to that profile. Available permission categories include: Data Modeling, Data Management, Profile Management, Identity Management, Data Monitoring, Sandbox Administration, Destinations, Data Ingestion, Data Science Workspace, Query Service, and Data Governance.
Access to sandboxes
The Permissions tab within a Platform product profile can grant users access to specific sandboxes. See the section on sandboxes below for more information.

For more information, please see the access control overview.

Offer Decisioning offer-decisioning

Offer Decisioning is an Application Service integrated with Experience Platform. It allows you to leverage Platform to deliver the best offer and experience to your customers across all touch points at the right time.

Key features

Centralized offer library
The interface where you create and manage the different elements that compose your offers, and define their rules and constraints.
Offer Decision Engine
The Offer Decision Engine leverages Platform data and Real-Time Customer Profiles, along with the Offer Library, in order to select the right time, customers and channels to which offers will be delivered.

For more information, please see the Offer Decisioning documentation.

Sandboxes sandboxes

Experience Platform is built to enrich digital experience applications on a global scale. Companies often run multiple digital experience applications in parallel and need to cater for the development, testing, and deployment of these applications while ensuring operational compliance. In order to address this need, Experience Platform provides sandboxes which partition a single Platform instance into separate virtual environments to help develop and evolve digital experience applications.

Key features

Production sandbox
Experience Platform provides a single production sandbox, which cannot be deleted or reset. The total number of available sandboxes, production and non-production, is determined by the license acquired.
Non-production sandboxes
Multiple non-production sandboxes can be created for a single Platform instance, allowing you to test features, run experiments, and make custom configurations without impacting your production sandbox.
Sandbox switcher
In the Experience Platform user interface, the sandbox switcher in the top-left corner of the screen allows you to switch between available sandboxes through a dropdown menu. The sandbox switcher also provides a search function that allows you to filter through available sandboxes.
x-sandbox-name header
All calls to Experience Platform APIs must now include the new x-sandbox-name header, whose value references the name attribute of the sandbox the operation will take place in.

For more information, please see the sandboxes overview.

Data Prep data-prep

Data Prep allows data engineers to map, transform, and validate data to and from Experience Data Model (XDM).

New features

Iterative operations
Data Prep Mapper now supports performing iterative operations on a hierarchy.
Mapper function
Data Prep Mapper now has the ability to not copy an attribute from the source to the target XDM.

For more information, please see the Data Prep overview.

Data Science Workspace dsw

Data Science Workspace uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to create insights from your data. Integrated into Adobe Experience Platform, Data Science Workspace helps you make predictions using your content and data assets across Adobe solutions. One of the ways Data Science Workspace accomplishes this is through the use of JupyterLab. JupyterLab is a web-based user interface for Project Jupyter and is tightly integrated into Adobe Experience Platform. It provides an interactive development environment for data scientists to work with Jupyter notebooks, code, and data.

Key features

JupyterLab Recipe Builder template
Notebook to recipe requirements usage and versions updated. Python ML Runtime base image has been updated to use Python 3.6.7 and a Conda environment exclusively.

For more information, please read the document on creating a recipe using Jupyter Notebooks.

Destinations Service destinations

In Real-Time Customer Data Platform, destinations are pre-built integrations with destination platforms that activate data to those partners in a seamless way.

New destinations

Braze is a comprehensive customer engagement platform that powers relevant and memorable experiences between customers and the brands they love.
Microsoft Bing
The Microsoft Bing destination helps you execute retargeting and audience targeted digital campaigns across Microsoft Display Advertising.
The Trade Desk
The Trade Desk is a self-service platform for ad buyers to execute retargeting and audience targeted digital campaigns across display, video, and mobile inventory sources.

New features

Destination details UX updates
Real-Time CDP’s destination workflow now includes inline monitoring so you can see which batch activations were successful. This feature will enable users to resolve issues directly in the workflow for batch destinations via alerts and a monitoring dashboard to track errors in the processing pipeline.
File encryption
For file-based destinations, users can now add encryption to their exported files.
File scheduling
For both email-based and cloud storage destinations, users can create a one-time export or create daily snapshots.
Mandatory fields
Users can mark fields as mandatory, ensuring that only fields that contain the mandatory field are exported.

For more information, please see the Destinations overview.

Intelligent Services intelligent-services

Intelligent Services empower marketing analysts and practitioners to leverage the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning in customer experience use cases. This allows for marketing analysts to set up predictions specific to a company’s needs using business-level configurations without the need for data science expertise.

Key features

Consumer Experience Events (CEE) dataset
Creating a CEE dataset now supports adding identity fields to the dataset with the Schema Editor. Attribution AI and Customer AI use the primary identity for combining events.

For more information, please read the section on adding identity fields to a dataset in the Intelligent Services data preparation guide.

Attribution AI

Attribution AI, as part of Intelligent Services is a multi-channel, algorithmic attribution service that calculates the influence and incremental impact of customer interactions against specified outcomes.

Key features

Data source link
The link to the original dataset source can be viewed and navigated to from the right rail of a selected service instance.
Edit instance name
You can now modify the name of an existing Attribution AI instance.
Clone instance
Copies the currently selected service instance setup and allows for modifications.
Modify instance configuration parameters
You can now modify the configuration of an existing Attribution AI instance if it hasn’t started scoring yet.
One off scoring
You can now trigger ad-hoc model scoring in your Attribution AI instances.
Pass through columns
You can now configure additional columns that will be added to the raw output score files to add additional dimensions to BI tool views.
Instance activation and de-activation
You can now activate and de-activate the scheduled model training and scoring of your Attribution AI instances.
Entitlement tracking
You can find the total amount of Attribution insights consumed by your account in the create instance container.
Touchpoint breakdown by position
A new insights graph that provides an analysis of touchpoints by conversion path positions.
Top conversion paths
A new insights graph located in the Path Analysis tab. The graph contains a list of the top five conversion paths showing the sequence of marketing channel touchpoints that led to the most conversions.
Touchpoint effectiveness
Provides in-depth insights of the three most important variables that your model measures touchpoint effectiveness by. The variables are ratio of positive and negative paths touched, touchpoint efficiency, and touchpoint volume.

For more information, please read the Attribution AI overview.

Customer AI

Customer AI, as part of Intelligent Services provides marketers with the power to generate customer predictions at the individual level with explanations. With the help of influential factors, Customer AI can tell you what a customer is likely to do and why. Additionally, marketers can benefit from Customer AI predictions and insights to personalize customer experiences by serving the most appropriate offers and messaging.

Key features

Data source link
The link to the original dataset source can be viewed and navigated to from the right rail of a selected service instance.
Edit instance name
You can modify the name of an existing Customer AI instance.
Modify instance configuration parameters
You can now modify the configuration of an existing Customer AI instance if it hasn’t started a scoring yet.
Clone instance
Copies the currently selected service instance setup and allows for modifications.
Entitlement tracking
You can find the total amount of profiles scored by Customer AI for your account in the create instance container.
Prediction goal
The flexibility in creating a prediction goal has been increased with new options to predict whether something “will occur” or “will not occur”. Additionally, the options to predict whether “all of” the events happen or “any of” the events happen when multiple events are used has been added.
Influential factor drilldown
Propensity top influential factor buckets now contain drill downs. Drill downs are a deeper level summary of values for each of the top influential factors within a propensity bucket.

For more information, please read the Customer AI overview.

Real-Time Customer Profile profile

Adobe Experience Platform enables you to drive coordinated, consistent, and relevant experiences for your customers no matter where or when they interact with your brand. With Real-Time Customer Profile, you can see a holistic view of each individual customer that combines data from multiple channels, including online, offline, CRM, and third party data. Profile allows you to consolidate your disparate customer data into a unified view offering an actionable, timestamped account of every customer interaction.

Key features

Updated merge policies workflow
Platform has upgraded the merge policy configuration to a new stepwise workflow. This workflow enables users to bring together data fragments from multiple Profile datasets and set priority for how data is merged across those datasets in order to create a comprehensive view of each individual. Users can merge selected XDM Individual Profile datasets by selecting the appropriate merge method (Timestamp ordered or Dataset precedence) and appending ExperienceEvent datasets to the Profile datasets.
Union schema view
In the Experience Platform UI, users can more easily find information regarding all schemas and datasets contributing to the union schema, as well as surface key attributes such as identity and relationship fields. These updates improve the ability to troubleshoot and validate that profiles are correctly configured, identities are correctly stitched, and data has been successfully ingested.

For more information on Real-Time Customer Profile, including tutorials and best practices for working with Profile data, please read the Real-Time Customer Profile overview.

Sources sources

Adobe Experience Platform can ingest data from external sources while allowing you to structure, label, and enhance that data using Platform services. You can ingest data from a variety of sources such as Adobe applications, cloud-based storage, third party software, and your CRM system.

Experience Platform provides a RESTful API and an interactive UI that lets you set up source connections for various data providers with ease. These source connections allow you to authenticate and connect to external storage systems and CRM services, set times for ingestion runs, and manage data ingestion throughput.

New sources

You can now connect Shopify to Experience Platform using the Flow Service API or the UI. See the Shopify connector overview for more information.

Key features

Update connection information
You can now update the names, descriptions, and credentials of existing batch connections using the Flow Service API and the UI. For more information, see the tutorial on updating connections using the Flow Service API and editing account details using the UI.
Delete connections
Batch connections that contain errors or have become unnecessary can now be deleted using the Flow Service API and the UI. For more information, see the tutorial on deleting connections using the Flow Service API and deleting accounts using the UI.
Hierarchical mapping
You can preview a hierarchical source file, such as JSON or Parquet, during the data ingestion process. See the tutorial on configuring a dataflow for cloud storage connectors in the UI for more information.
API support for mapping in streaming sources
You can now use APIs to perform mapping functions with streaming sources.
API support for custom delimiters for cloud storage sources
You can now collect non-CSV delimited files using cloud storage sources. You can use any single column delimiter such as a tab, comma, pipe, semicolon, or hash to collect flat files in any format.
Sandbox support for Adobe Audience Manager connector
The Audience Manager connector is now sandbox aware. Users can enable the connector to route Audience Manager datasets to the sandbox of their choosing (including non-production sandboxes). The configuration is limited to one sandbox per organization.
UX improvements
File-based ingestion is now accessible through the sources catalog.

To learn more about sources, see the sources overview.