There is no dearth of hosted eCommerce and off-the-shelf software, but when you want absolute control over your online store, custom-built is the way to go. Custom development provides the flexibility to tailor the eCommerce solution to the nuances of your business, while allowing for seamless integration with in-house and third-party systems.
With the choice of technology and development frameworks available today, forward-thinking retailers are opting for fully customized eCommerce solutions that will be faster, scalable, and maintainable.
E-Commerce Platforms We Supports
Your business is unlike your competitor’s. How then, would their solution fit yours? You may need different product catalogs for multiple online stores. Inventory management across stores and departments can be complicated and you could decide to automate certain procedures. A custom order workflow might suit you better or you may want an AI-powered recommendation system to personalize the customer experience. Pre-built eCommerce software cannot meet all such criteria out of the box. While customization is supported, it is limited and often tedious due to the monolithic structure.
Enterprise eCommerce software licenses are available from $50,000 upwards. More economical alternatives can be severely limited in features. Given the “black box” nature of high-end solutions, tailored modifications will be pricey with talent relatively scarce. Costly customizations on top of recurring license costs can be a huge drain on your ROI. Also, you may choose custom development if you don’t want to be tied down to a vendor forever. Every new feature development, upgrade, or integration can be dependent on the provider and subject to high fees. Migrating to a new platform when you hit a growth hurdle can be an even bigger pain.
Fast and Maintainable
Platform expertise is often limited or exclusive in the case of enterprise-grade solutions, posing a challenge to fast-paced implementation. Approvals for customization done on hosted solutions can further delay releases. Developing your own bespoke solution can be faster with the numerous tools, frameworks, and services available today. Infrastructure as a service, BaaS or FaaS providers, and DevOps practices make it possible to host and scale solutions without a large team or long development cycle. Using modular approaches such as microservices architecture (MSA) can also ensure speed and scalability.
Building a Modern eCommerce System
Modular Architecture with Microservices
A typical enterprise eCommerce solution, being the complex monolith it usually is, can be expensive and difficult to scale. With tightly-coupled systems, deploying the smallest of UI changes becomes complicated. The modern approach to eCommerce system architecture is to adopt microservices, which allows for feature sets to be decoupled and developed in isolation. This decentralization will give you deployment and development flexibility resulting in faster time to market.
Each microservice is a separate block of code and this decomposition makes the application code easier to maintain.
As with development, microservices can be deployed individually and rolled back easily, if needed, without affecting the rest of the system.
Each microservice can use a different tech stack (including independant SQL/NoSQL datastores) making it possible to choose the most apt technology for the specific service. Adopting newer technologies also becomes easier and less risky.
Enterprise eCommerce Features
B2C or B2B, having an eCommerce website has become an irrefutable part of doing business. Core modules inherent to an eCommerce system include: