Readiness for enterprise business is the #1 ASP.NET advantage
This article covers two key terms: the technology stack and the ecommerce enterprise platform. Therefore, let us start by giving some more explanation about them first.
An enterprise ecommerce platform can process 10K+ requests per day, and even scale up to millions of requests per day when based on the same technologies. Retailers and other online commerce players such as manufacturers, distributors, logistics companies, etc. need to purchase such a platform from a vendor, or their own development team must write such a software. Even if a company buys a solution from a vendor, it needs to rewrite some code because every large business has many unique processes that require adaptation by integrator partners or by the company’s own IT team.
The technology stack is a combination of programming languages and various development tools, e.g., SDKs (Software Development Kits), frameworks, etc. These tools are usually divided into technologies for the client-side and server-side development. With the popularity of headless architecture, the front end and back end are completely separated and communicate only over API. This means that the front end and the back end can be developed by different teams and even in several programming languages. Therefore, when we speak of the ecommerce platform technology stack, we primary mean the stack for the server side while front ends can mean anything.
If you have a small online store, the platform issue is not very important, but you need to be future proof when choosing a system for an enterprise-level project. You will need a platform that provides a technological advantage over the competition for years to come. Being ready for the competition means the ecommerce project can grow fast and new functionality can be introduced more quickly, thereby sales increase and costs reduce constantly.
For enterprise ecommerce, there are also requirements caused not only by the number of orders, but also by the challenges of the market:
B2C stores operating in several countries with multicurrency payments and delivering to different regions through local and global delivery companies.
B2B online sales, which require the support of dozens of catalogs from different manufacturers and flexible pricing models.
Stores with unique business processes, for example, with online negotiation of the price depending on volume.
B2B projects with a sophisticated distribution system, franchising, etc.