What it takes to replatform your eCommerce platform

eCommerce platform

Replatforming is a process by which you enhance your eCommerce platform’s capabilities. It is required if your

  1. eCommerce site is built on a platform which is no longer supported by your vendor.
  2. eCommerce platform is custom developed and you don’t wish to invest further on it.
  3. eCommerce platform is not scaling to your needs.

Top 10 things you need to consider while replatforming your eCommerce platform

  1. What are the critical business objectives behind eCommerce replatforming? It is always good to document them and get stakeholders buy-in.
  2. Instead of a short-term approach, take a 4 to 5 years approach. See if you can relate to where your business will be in the next 4 to 5 years and if the new platform be scalable. Though it is hard to gauge for next 5 years it is a good exercise to perform, when you are evaluating a new platform.
  3. It is a common perception that changing platform only means replicating existing functionalities to a new eCommerce platform. In reality, it is not just a technology change. It will include a list of changes from business users which modify the existing functionalities on your ecommerce website. So make sure you can accommodate those from your project effort and cost perspective.
  4. Like any other project, have discovery phase and sprints planned instead of directly starting the migration activities. This can prove to be a costly mistake.
  5. A lot of times, the data mapping effort between the two systems is under-estimated. The new system may have mandatory data values which may not exist in the old platform, there has to be a separate phase for data analysis.
  6. Plan your project phases in such a way that you can do the platform migration first, then list of changes on the existing functionalities and finally new feature addition. If you are planning for re-design along with eCommerce replatforming, you will have to deliberate more on the different development phases and releases.
  7. If you are choosing a vendor to get this project done, be sure to check if they have prior experience in it. These projects are usually more changeling than they sound, and learning curves are steep if someone is doing it for the first time.
  8. eCommerce platform Integration with ERP / Internal systems is a tricky piece. You have to perform a detailed study to understand the current integration points and how those are working. It is best to start the work on integration piece in parallel to eCommerce platform migration effort.
  9. Don’t lose out on those valued SEO links, when you move to the new platform. Make sure you retain those URLs or at least do a permanent re-direct to the new ones.
  10. If redesign is on your radar, you might want to have that piece done along with replatforming. This would be necessary when most of the existing design work is not so much reusable on the new platform or needs considerable effort to migrate.