Enterprise companies’ large size and organizational complexity are two common challenges that enterprises face when implementing ecommerce platforms. With the right approach and long-term planning, companies can anticipate and overcome roadblocks in their enterprise ecommerce platform implementations.
The complexity of enterprise IT is often a result of past business growth, acquisitions, and mergers of IT-departments.
Enterprise IT infrastructures manage a mix of software, legacy enterprise ecommerce solutions, and a large variety of local and industry-specific software (like accounting, legal, ERPs etc.).
Ecommerce both impacts - and is impacted by - many enterprise departments that have their own KPIs, budgets, decision-making rules, and objectives. Departments include sales, marketing, IT, finance, logistics, procurement, security, HR, legal, and more.
Major changes, like implementing enterprise e-commerce platforms or significant changes in business processes, usually require substantial energy and time.
International variability creates an additional challenge on top of organizational complexity. Involving more regions or countries in an ecommerce solution adds extra stakeholders, local laws, customs.
For example, local tax laws (which may impact pricing), legal requirements and practices, HR specific, cultural differences are all areas enterprise organizations need to consider during their ecommerce planning.
Risks to the Implementation of the Enterprise eCommerce Platform
Slow Changes Kill Competitiveness
When choosing ecommerce software for enterprise, they need to focus on speed and flexibility to remain competitive. The complexity inherent in enterprise organizations makes IT changes – like implementing an e-commerce platform or significant changes to business processes – very expensive in terms of time and effort. As the size and scope of a project increases, the risks and effort required to implement it also grow exponentially.
Monolith Are Risky
Some companies attempt to solve regional complexity by designing and implementing a unified enterprise ecommerce solution covering all or most regions. However, this approach leads to the creation of a “monster” that is expensive to change, extremely expensive to maintain and which cannot easily be replaced when it becomes a problem – a situation which often happens quite soon after launch.
Enterprise IT Complexity Hinders Transformation
When a company’s ability to transform is limited, it threatens its enterprise market leadership. This risk must be addressed – as enterprises need to constantly focus on reducing complexity and replacing legacy solutions painlessly.
How Does Virto Commerce Resolve These Risks?
Enterprises can move quickly by making small steps in their ecommerce journey
Building a multi-layer platform creates a transparent unified solution for multi-country enterprises
The modular architecture allows the constant step-by-step elimination of legacy IT systems
Small projects reduce the number of affected stakeholders at each step of the process. Not every small step is at that moment critical for all stakeholders; this way, the high speed of implementation can be maintained.
Virto Commerce is efficient in building a flexible and maintainable multi-layer enterprise ecommerce platform for multi-regional companies. The success of our customers is proof of our method!
Virto Commerce is an API-based modular enterprise ecommerce solution. It can be embedded in any process or replace any function without running a huge project. You can start by replacing your legacy systems, improve their process structure or add new functionalities without creating additional risks.
A customizable & extensible platform, together with modular architecture makes possible to act locally in terms of regions, functions and processes. By adding new stakeholders, regions, functions, integrations with fast release cycles one can gradually expand the enterprise ecommerce solution.
A Few Words From Our Clients
Here at Bosch Thermotechnik we were looking for a 100% customizable .NET platform with superior support options. We had an objective of launching a marketplace that will function smoothly in 25 countries. Eventually, by choosing Virto Commerce we successfully launched the website, our clientele has become more engaged, and we have increased the turnover.
— Cornelius MunzDigital Solution Engineer
The value of the Virto Commerce scalable platform has been huge for us as a partner, specifically in enabling us to craft a flexible B2B solution without short- and long-term limitations. Virto Commerce has been a great partner for us because they are ready to deliver all B2B scenarios and out-of-the-box technologies that we need.
— Richard Birksteiner Chief Technology Officer,
We only adopt technologies that easily enable new business channels, flexibly customize product catalogs, and accurately track overall sales performance and Virto Commerce solves all of these.
— Andreas Kardell CTO at Proffsmagasinet.se
Virto Commerce was the best fit for De Klok Dranken as it combined cost-effectiveness with the functionality, flexibility, and scalability – today and in the long term.
— Michael Theebe Marketing and ecommerce Manager at De Klok Dranken
De Klok Dranken
We chose Virto Commerce for the Executive Office of the US Government supply chain solution because it is the only platform that could meet our business user requirements to provide the modern ecommerce shopping experience we wanted, as well as the technical requirements of being customizable, flexible, secure, open source and built on a Microsoft .NET technology stack.
— Isaac Barnes Vice President, Eminent IT
Thanks to its headless architecture and next-generation features, Virto Commerce has helped us completely rebuild our marketplace solution. Our Virto Commerce Catalog now covers all our complex marketplace scenarios and has materially increased end User eXperience, unlocked new revenue and decreased maintenance cost. Using GraphQL and Elastic Search is just awesome!
Delaware partnered with Virto Commerce in order to ensure true scalability for our client Standaard Boekhandel. We have easily extended the product offering and improved the search functionality for their two brands. In short, we found a .NET eCommerce platform that is capable of processing a product catalog of over 15 million products and customer orders in 207 fulfillment centers without any hurdle.
— Stijn De VosLead Expert at delaware
The complexity of new business requirements is of no significance with Virto Commerce. The platform offers a unique architectural approach that has infinite adaptivity. Everything is just doable on Virto.
So far, we have added more than 50 modules and extended our platform without any limitations. Each time we can confidently say "yes" when the business asks for new features.
— Chetan Ramachandra
Sr. Application Development Manager
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