This article will focus on integrations. Moreover, this is a sub-article of the main E-commerce implementation and the below links provide access to the main article and sub-articles.
- E-commerce Implementation
- Integrations (This article)
- Background Testing
- Business Goals
- Interaction Designing
- Graphics Designing
E-Commerce integration is the coordination between a company’s e-commerce site and back-end accounting and inventory (ERP) system. Furthermore, Proper integration enables the flow of information bi-directionally between the two systems. According to this, various efficiencies such as inventory levels automatically updated across all channels and systems. Moreover, once the product sells on the e-commerce site and as the product gets received into a warehouse and added to inventory. (Note that while many e-commerce businesses currently have one-way integration or batch updates. Although, true e-commerce integration achieved by two-way, real-time or near the real-time flow of data.)
Many businesses choose to fully integrate both systems. Because inventory and pricing information is available to customers and staff in real-time. Moreover, as demand increases the need for additional staff to handle transactions is minimized.
This article will investigate the e-commerce integration aspects such as technical analysis and integration plan, warehouse management system, payments, etc.
Technical Analysis and Integration Plan
Most of the software project has failed due to an inaccurate or incomplete analysis procedure, mainly technical analysis. Technical Analysis is a key step while developing a software application.
- Confirm with the client that you have accumulated all business requirements precisely. Furthermore, start with designing and building the application after approval from the client.
- when building the application designers and developers can use it as a reference.
- The client can use it to verify that the final application actually matches what was initially agreed upon.
A warehouse management system (WMS) is software. And also it’s a procedure that authorizes companies to control and administer warehouse activities from the time goods or materials enter a warehouse until they move out. Furthermore, activities in a warehouse contain inventory management, picking processes and auditing.
For instance, a WMS can deliver visibility into an organization’s inventory at any time and location, whether in a facility or transit. It can also manage supply chain operations from the manufacturer or wholesaler to the warehouse, then to a retailer or distribution center. A WMS is often used alongside or integrated with a transportation management system (TMS) or an inventory management system.
Finance and Accounting
Integration success critically relies on an effective finance function to deliver business insight, help ensure compliance and controls, and create operational efficiencies for capturing deal value across the organization. Setting the course for Finance requires immediate attention to address critical matters important in the early stages of a merger or acquisition. Setting the Course Typically Addresses the Following Areas:
- Business insights develop depend on analysis to meet and exceed initial synergy targets sooner than planned.
- Operational efficiency in designing a combined finance function that eliminates the duplicative effort and optimizes the cost of running the Finance function.
- Compliance and control in closing activities to ensure the Finance function is ready for Day One (e.g., Day One reporting ability, data migration, compatible IT systems and controls over funds).
Payments are the bread and butter of your business. Whether you have an online store, event management, a travel website, or any website which would involve visitors making online transactions, Therefore, you would need a payment gateway. So, when people say payment gateway, you immediately think of a service like PayPal or Authorize.Net. Although, these are not payment gateways, payment gateway service providers.
A Payment Gateway is a place on your website, where a transaction can be made. It’s basically like a cashier’s desk. But instead of you being physically present to handle the transaction, your website does the job for you.
Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) is a management approach. Moreover, it uses to plan and develop optimized support for systems in order to assure the right availability throughout the lifecycle. ILS integrates into the design and development of the product. It is used to achieve the highest possible operational availability to the lowest possible Life Cycle Cost. ILS develop to ensure the operational availability of military equipment but is now also use for commercial systems.