In case you missed it, WebSphere Commerce Version 9 was announced at NRF and it is filled with some goodies for the IT and developer. The technology stack is very impressive and IBM can finally say the entire WebSphere Commerce product is entirely based on standards and micro-services. Docker is a huge game changer for IT operations, almost eliminating the cost of patches and upgrades not too mention zero down time.
Moving to Spring, jQuery Store Front, and JPA will make for a much better pool of developer resources in the market.
Check out this Technology Foundation video for WebSphere Commerce version 9: