Software solutions that stand alone are quickly becoming an idea of the past. If your company utilizes enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and it doesn’t automatically integrate with your eCommerce solution, it’s time to update to erpCommerce.
What is erpCommerce?
erpCommerce is the integration of your ERP software solution with your eCommerce platform.
erpCommerce is a new development in eCommerce technology for small to mid-sized companies that want to compete on an enterprise level, yet maintain an SMB budget. erpCommerce is the integration of your ERP software solution with your eCommerce platform. Like many other notable technological developments, erpCommerce allows SMBs to work smarter, reduce administration time, and frees up resources and staff members to take on more important tasks.
Why not keep your current stand-alone/traditional eCommerce solution?
For a company that uses ERP software, maintaining a stand-alone eCommerce platform is like using a typewriter to write a strongly-worded letter, then using the internet to look up the address to where you can mail that letter. You might get the job done that way, but other than for novelty’s sake, would you use two completely disjointed systems (one of them severely outdated) to create and send communications? Modern technology has eliminated many of the administrative steps of this process. No longer do we need typewriter ribbon, paper, envelopes, stamps, a trip to the post office and several days’ wait for our letter to arrive to its recipient. We compose our communications on a laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone, then send them via email or post comments to a website instantaneously. We’re freed to go about our day, write another letter or move on to more important, strategic tasks.
So why, if you could avoid it, would you waste valuable time on eCommerce and ERP administration–and maintaining two disjointed systems–when technology handles it for you at an affordable price? Continuing to utilize resources of the past makes for a funny sitcom, but drags a business down and behind the competition.
erpCommerce vs. stand-alone/traditional eCommerce
|“Nomad really does a lot more work for us than a simple eCommerce system.”
The advantages of Nomad erpCommerce
Nomad erpCommerce is the updated version of your eCommerce website from the past. It’s a solution built to automatically integrate with your ERP through APIs and ERP maps which allow ERP data, including customer data, order data and item data, to flow into the eCommerce platform so that info like your thousands of product numbers, images, descriptions, dimensions as well as your customer addresses, contact info, customer numbers, pricing and up-to-date shipping info is automatically shared between the two systems, without manual reentry.
Simply put, Nomad erpCommerce transfers inbound and outbound data between your ERP and your eCommerce website.
- Inbound Data = Data pulled into the ERP from the eCommerce site, including:
- Outbound Data = Data pulled out of the ERP and into the eCommerce site, including:
- Payment Terms (default payment terms for your ERP customers
- Tax Groups/Codes
This means less resources and administration required for you. There’s no need for your customers to make customer service phone calls to you to request account information or inventory availability, because this information is at their fingertips–day or night. There’s no need for costly custom third-party integration between your ERP and your eCommerce site, and manual re-entry becomes a thing of the past.
A hybrid-cloud technology, Nomad erpCommerce lets you take advantage of your on-site eCommerce data for ad-hoc reporting and assembly of information while the Nomad erpCommerce storefront is automatically updated with new features and maintained in the cloud.
The Pitfalls of Traditional eCommerce
On the other hand, traditional eCommerce solutions do not have a built-in connection between eCommerce and ERP, requiring either duplicate manual entry or costly third-party integration.
Data does not flow back and forth between your ERP and your eCommerce site, meaning:
- Your administrators must re-key order information from the eCommerce site into ERP
- Your administrators must re-key the ERP’s inventory info, product info, customer info, pricing, discounts, etc. into the eCommerce site
- Customers can’t view updated shipment status on the eCommerce site
- Customers can’t view invoices on the eCommerce site
- Customers can’t view accurate inventory and quantities available
With erpCommerce, which ERPs are we talking?
Nomad erpCommerce, created by Sniperdyne — a 16 year-veteran company in the ERP and eCommerce industry — integrates with virtually any ERP with eCommerce. If your company utilizes Exact Macola ERP, Syspro ERP, Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP, etc., Nomad erpCommerce can automatically integrate the Nomad eCommerce solution with your ERP data. Don’t see your ERP solution listed here? Simply contact us at [email protected] to see if we can add your solution to the list.
Time to update
With the availability of new, affordable erpCommerce technology that helps you work smarter, there’s no reason to stay stuck with an old, antiquated typewriter of eCommerce websites. If your company’s eCommerce and ERP solutions stand alone; that is, are not automatically integrated without the need for a third-party connector or costly development hours, it’s time to update to erpCommerce — and keep a screenshot of your traditional eCommerce site for a #TBT.
To learn more about how our manufacturing and distribution customers utilize Nomad’s eCommerce and ERP integration, visit our website.