Starting a Headless Implementation
Launching Successful Headless Commerce Powered Storefronts
The two major considerations in the final stages of headless commerce implementation are the scope of your project and the partner you choose to navigate the process with.
Before you begin your search for a new eCommerce framework, you should have an eCommerce implementation strategy in hand.
The first question is simple: “Why?”
By starting the process, you’re committing to investing a significant amount of time and resources. In some way, the process should transform your business and internal processes in ways that justify these costs. Defining why you’re going to go through the eCommerce upgrade process and what the goals or desired results are is the critical first step.
Pro Tip: Too often an internal team is not in agreement about why the company is undertaking the investment. The importance of those internal discussions at a very early phase in the process can’t be understated. After launch, everyone on the team should be in agreement about how well the project is performing and the impact it will have.
Down the road, when you’ve selected the vendor/platform and have reached the implementation stage, this integration plan is critical. In order to proceed, you need a sense of the scope of your project, the pain points you intend to address by moving to a new system, and the specific features and integrations that you need for your operations.
Scope Leads to Functionality
The requirements document should give you a good idea of which type of platform will work best. So, let’s review what should be included in that internal requirements overview.
- Keep It Simple: After the first draft is created, you’re going to pass it around and review the document internally which means no technical jargon, abbreviations or acronyms are to be avoided. Don’t make assumptions about what other departments understand.
- Project Objective: If your team is already in agreement about the goals and success metrics, this part should be easy. Understand the primary goals behind your eCommerce platform investment.
- Key Requirements: Expand on the primary object above to include key points, success metrics, and pieces of functionality that the platform migration needs to include.
The Importance of Partnerships
As you begin to build and integrate your new headless commerce structure, the right vendor will be there to make your life easier throughout the process. Functionalities like shared asset control across your systems, workflow automation, and other intricate details of your final framework are points at which you will want to coordinate with your partner to launch smoothly.
Slatwall offers a proven track record of success with our clients, documented in reviews and testimonials. Our model is based on a dynamic platform that offers flexibility and adjusts to the needs of our clients. Close partnership coordination with our clients is the linchpin of our operations and allows us to zero in on the specific needs of your business. This approach to partnership allows us to translate broad goals and daily operations into specific technical requirements to address during implementation.
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