Magento and Apparel 21 Integration
The thought of integrating your Magento site with an ERP system can be overwhelming, but the rewards are well worth the effort. After integrating Magento 2 and Apparel 21 by using the AP21 API, I was able to see how much time and money companies can save with this type of implementation.
A Magento and ERP integration such as Apparel 21 automates the data sharing process between the systems, reduces the possibility of human error, and eases the pressure of potential growth on your eCommerce site.
The key to launching this type of project is determining what type of integration makes the most sense for your company and finding the right partner to support you along the way. MDN Solutions has experience integrating Magento with a multitude of third-party systems including, but certainly not limited to: Apparel 21, Pronto ERP, Mail Chimp, Bronto and so on.
Steps of a Successful Integration
1: Define the eCommerce Strategy
When beginning a Magento eCommerce and ERP integration, you first need to ask yourself a few questions: What is the site intended to do? Is it intended to primarily increase revenue, decrease costs, or improve customer satisfaction? Rank these in order of importance, with only one ranked as most important.
2: Engage the Sales Team
A new eCommerce site can be viewed both as competition as well as a ‘toy’ by the sales team, particularly in a B2B environment. Neither is correct, and both views can be problematic. Ensure that the sales team understands the site’s role in the company and how they can leverage it for success. An eCommerce site should be an added tool in your sales teams’ arsenal to effectively and efficiently meet your customers’ needs.
3: Define the Project Leader
ECommerce projects, especially in a B2B environment, touch almost every part of your organization: Sales and Marketing, Operations, Finance, and especially IT. There must be a champion for this endeavor within your organization, someone who will help to drive the project through to launch and ensure that it gets the TLC it deserves thereafter.
4: Identify Primary Data Source
Determine where each data element should be stored, and which system (eCommerce or ERP) “owns” the data. In this specific case, Apparel 21 is usually the source of true when comes data. Making Magento a POS (Point of Sale) system.
5: Put the Business Logic Where it Belongs
ECommerce systems will include functionality that is also stored in the ERP, such as item pricing, taxing, and order processing. The project team must review which system is best suited to be the primary source and then decide how the other systems will gain access to the information.
6: Use the Best Integration Methodology Available
There are several integration options available, including a simple FTP process, an MQ Series, and Web (Business) Services. It’s often beneficial to use an integration methodology that is already being used, but it may make sense to change to a new technology. When deciding on which methodology to use, you need to consider the initial programming needs as well as ongoing support.
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