4 Steps for Moving Your Online Store to SaaS

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SaaS (Software as a Service) is a cloud-based service accessed via an internet browser. SaaS is available on a subscription basis, like a rental. You pay for the software usage without having to purchase, maintain, and troubleshoot on-premises server equipment.

There are many good reasons to move your online e-commerce store to SaaS.

  • You can respond quickly to fluctuations in demand.
  • Reliable cloud providers guarantee the highest security standards.
  • SaaS reduces downtime and lowers the risk of data loss.
  • SaaS providers are responsible for backups and updates.
  • Cloud computing lets you access data from anywhere in the world, anytime.

Clearly, there are advantages to moving your online store to the Cloud. Still, some companies wonder what is involved in moving to SaaS. And where do they start?

Here are 4 steps involved in moving your e-commerce platform to SaaS:

Step 1. Audit your existing tech stack

No doubt, your on-premises software holdings are complex and heavily customized. Moving to a more streamlined cloud-based approach will be like moving house after the kids have grown. You'll discover a bunch of things you don't need and won't use in your new home. It's time to declutter.

Do you have software solutions that your business has outgrown? Are there procedures and processes that no longer meet your needs? Have you customized and implemented workarounds?

Having a good overview of your company's programs, applications, tools, and technology is a good start. But more important is identifying which features you need and use and what is lacking. Your software partner can help you build a software map so you can see where you stand and where you want to go.

Step 2: Get rid of unneeded customizations

Now that you've found that not all the software, applications, and processes in your tech stack are necessary or helpful, it's time to declutter customizations.

Maybe you needed customizations at one time, but now they no longer serve a purpose. The software market keeps evolving; what was once complicated customization is likely to come standard out of the box now.

SaaS software vendors spend time on training, documentation, and in–product assistance. They can help you focus on the value of your existing software and alert you to the functionality available.

All SaaS software vendors spend time on training, documentation, and in–product help.

Sometimes users are unaware of the functionalities available within their tech stack and mistakenly throw customizations at a perceived problem. It's essential to understand what your software is capable of — and to choose a SaaS solution that offers services to help you get the most out of it.

Of course, there isn't one software solution with every feature or capability you want. But don't be quick to turn to customizations. Look for solutions within the software you choose. That way, you can avoid large migration expenses.

Here's a practical example. A B2B company (now our customer) wanted to add brand logo images across its product pages. Previously, that would have to be done by editing each product page separately. But there were over 20,000 product pages to edit! That represented an enormous amount of work for their internal team. Customization required many hours of development work, costing them quite a bit of money and time.

When the company decided to move to SaaS, they chose Sana Commerce Cloud. We had a solution to their challenge, and it was ready to use out of the box!

Now if the customer wants to display different brand logos across their 20,000 product pages, they can make the changes from one central location without heavy customizations, lengthy development work, and a hefty price tag.

Step 3: Be sure your new software will integrate perfectly

All your applications must work together seamlessly. When a software company boasts "integration capabilities." You want to be sure that the solution not only technically integrates but that it also functionally integrates for seamless collaboration throughout your tech stack.

Step 4: Implement your SaaS software stack step-by-step

Try to replace software application step by step as you replace legacy software. Your goal is to build your ideal technical solution. Start by prioritizing tasks, then proceed systematically. Be sure your solution does what's most important to your business and build from there.

Identify the goals you want to achieve and milestones along the way. For instance, you could start with an online product catalog and later introduce other features. Regarding B2B e-commerce, focus on adoption. You want the solution to be easy for your team and customers.

Alternatively, you could move processes from the old application to the new one at a time. For companies with an ERP solution, this piece of tech will likely fall under "high value, high complexity." In that case, we recommend implementing your e-commerce solution first and replacing your legacy ERP later.

Following these 4 steps will get you on your way to a successful SaaS migration. Our experts a Sana Commerce are eager to share our SaaS e-commerce platform with you, and we can help you every step of the way. Sana Commerce offers a scalable e-commerce platform that integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Dynamics ERP

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By Sana Commerce, www.sana-commerce.com



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