Integrations

Choosing an integration strategy for Shopware 6

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Caspar Hardholt
Choosing an integration strategy for Shopware 6

Launched in 2019, the new and totally revamped version of Shopware has been a great success so far. Shopware took the ambitious and ballsy step to recreate its commerce platform with totally fresh technology. And with success, their Symfony core with a headless administration panel is robust, fast, and ready for growth. But to be honest, we are a bit subjective to the fact that our platform happens to have the same technology stack.

Kickstart your next integration

The Shopware integration template is available for kickstarting your project. Alumio has created a so-called Connector Template that connects to the API of Shopware. This API-led integration strategy makes sure that our customers benefit from a standardized and optimized connection, that evolves alongside the Shopware platform. The only thing you have to do is map the data from your other endpoint (the software you want to connect).

Shopware API versions automatically maintained

And that's where it gets interesting. Because Shopware rolls out newer versions of their API every once and a while. Where Shopware started with API version 1, the latest Shopware 6.3 comes with the API version 3. It is to be expected that newer versions of the API will be rolled out over the upcoming months and years to follow.

These new API versions come with changes. Changes that impacts a merchant’s eCommerce platform and integrations. Because the integrations that have been built, by developers or plugin builders, need to be updated. This may cause pain points, because custom code or specific plugins need to be upgraded manually and by developers, within the actual code of the platform. This results in potential conflicts with other custom code or plugins. And only development experts can do these kinds of updates. In the early stage of an eCommerce website, this won't cause real problems. But it will, overtime. More systems will be connected, more custom functionally will be added together with plugins, and domain knowledge will disappear once your favorite developer is not available anymore. This will cause unwanted data issues and development costs. The initial investment will be topped by unforeseen maintenance costs, which causes a high total cost of ownership.

An integration strategy is key for digital success

As a merchant, agency, or developer, starting off a project with a decent integration strategy is key to create a solid fundament for the future of an eCommerce platform.

  • Easy extend software and data integrations, add or change new software in a short time. It allows you to start in an agile way and remain flexible overtime. Pre-built integration templates are helping you to kickstart your integration. Choosing an iPaaS integration solution prevents you from a mixed-up IT landscape with too many custom code or plugin solutions.
  • Comply with privacy regulations such as GDPR, by being able to report and act on an ever-expanding set of rules that businesses must comply with. An iPaaS solution organizes all integrations in one place and will help you with handling your data.
  • Monitoring and logging capabilities support you to solve problems quickly. With an iPaaS in place, you can prevent huge business impact because of the capabilities to zoom in on issues and repair them via the user interface.
  • With the Alumio iPaaS and the Shopware Connector Template, you'll be assured that your integration will be future-proof and that it supports newly released API versions. And all of that flexibility and robustness without custom code or plugins within your Shopware platform.

Be ready for the future

Moving to a new eCommerce platform is a great way to prevent common pitfalls and to rethink previous made decisions. Choosing a middleware integration platform, like Alumio will untangle your data and create a rock-solid integrated landscape ready for the future.

Interested in our Shopware integration solution?

Please feel free to contact us with your questions or ideas. We are happy to assist you by sharing our knowledge. Make your next eCommerce project a successful and future-proof business, with a short time to market and a low total cost of ownership. Contact us today.

Integrations

Choosing an integration strategy for Shopware 6

Post by
Caspar Hardholt
Choosing an integration strategy for Shopware 6

Launched in 2019, the new and totally revamped version of Shopware has been a great success so far. Shopware took the ambitious and ballsy step to recreate its commerce platform with totally fresh technology. And with success, their Symfony core with a headless administration panel is robust, fast, and ready for growth. But to be honest, we are a bit subjective to the fact that our platform happens to have the same technology stack.

Kickstart your next integration

The Shopware integration template is available for kickstarting your project. Alumio has created a so-called Connector Template that connects to the API of Shopware. This API-led integration strategy makes sure that our customers benefit from a standardized and optimized connection, that evolves alongside the Shopware platform. The only thing you have to do is map the data from your other endpoint (the software you want to connect).

Shopware API versions automatically maintained

And that's where it gets interesting. Because Shopware rolls out newer versions of their API every once and a while. Where Shopware started with API version 1, the latest Shopware 6.3 comes with the API version 3. It is to be expected that newer versions of the API will be rolled out over the upcoming months and years to follow.

These new API versions come with changes. Changes that impacts a merchant’s eCommerce platform and integrations. Because the integrations that have been built, by developers or plugin builders, need to be updated. This may cause pain points, because custom code or specific plugins need to be upgraded manually and by developers, within the actual code of the platform. This results in potential conflicts with other custom code or plugins. And only development experts can do these kinds of updates. In the early stage of an eCommerce website, this won't cause real problems. But it will, overtime. More systems will be connected, more custom functionally will be added together with plugins, and domain knowledge will disappear once your favorite developer is not available anymore. This will cause unwanted data issues and development costs. The initial investment will be topped by unforeseen maintenance costs, which causes a high total cost of ownership.

An integration strategy is key for digital success

As a merchant, agency, or developer, starting off a project with a decent integration strategy is key to create a solid fundament for the future of an eCommerce platform.

  • Easy extend software and data integrations, add or change new software in a short time. It allows you to start in an agile way and remain flexible overtime. Pre-built integration templates are helping you to kickstart your integration. Choosing an iPaaS integration solution prevents you from a mixed-up IT landscape with too many custom code or plugin solutions.
  • Comply with privacy regulations such as GDPR, by being able to report and act on an ever-expanding set of rules that businesses must comply with. An iPaaS solution organizes all integrations in one place and will help you with handling your data.
  • Monitoring and logging capabilities support you to solve problems quickly. With an iPaaS in place, you can prevent huge business impact because of the capabilities to zoom in on issues and repair them via the user interface.
  • With the Alumio iPaaS and the Shopware Connector Template, you'll be assured that your integration will be future-proof and that it supports newly released API versions. And all of that flexibility and robustness without custom code or plugins within your Shopware platform.

Be ready for the future

Moving to a new eCommerce platform is a great way to prevent common pitfalls and to rethink previous made decisions. Choosing a middleware integration platform, like Alumio will untangle your data and create a rock-solid integrated landscape ready for the future.

Interested in our Shopware integration solution?

Please feel free to contact us with your questions or ideas. We are happy to assist you by sharing our knowledge. Make your next eCommerce project a successful and future-proof business, with a short time to market and a low total cost of ownership. Contact us today.

Integrations

Choosing an integration strategy for Shopware 6

Post by
Caspar Hardholt
Choosing an integration strategy for Shopware 6

Experius

Partner announcement

We are proud to announce that Experius, as specialist domain, will be working in collaboration with Alumio to create sustainable integrations for the ever-increasing amount of digital solutions in the eCommerce landscape are necessary to continue growth and remain the biggest challenge for many businesses.

Jos Pieters
CTO, Jac Hensen

Alumio helped us achieve full omni-channel retail

Experius

Partner in eCommerce

Experius is an eCommerce agency and build data routes between systems, making reusable integrations available to customers. Customers can plug in a whole new digitization stack with systems in a very short time, with a future-proof ecosystem.

With the partnership between Experius and Alumio, flexibility and faster time to market will be unlocked for clients and future clients in the eCommerce space.

B2B and D2C space

Digitalization and integrations

Experius is our partner in the B2B and D2C space. Together, we can take on ambitious clients and realize innovative solutions within their eCommerce environments, which clients can instantly use and stay ahead of their competition.

Experius will help integrate, optimize, and develop your eCommerce platform to allow for a scalable future. 

With a network of specialized partners, Experius can successfully offer a complete eCommerce strategy to clients.

Experius website

B2B and D2C space

Digitalization and integrations

Experius is our partner in the B2B and D2C space. Together, we can take on ambitious clients and realize innovative solutions within their eCommerce environments, which clients can instantly use and stay ahead of their competition.

Experius will help integrate, optimize, and develop your eCommerce platform to allow for a scalable future. 

With a network of specialized partners, Experius can successfully offer a complete eCommerce strategy to clients.

Experius website

Experius

CIO, Experius

"With Alumio, Experius has the technology to offer both legacy and SaaS solutions which can communicate with each other through Alumio. For clients, all datastream will be easier to monitor and more streamlined. Integrating new systems and data streams have never been easier."

At Experius, this more generalized solution of Alumio significantly helps our developers and consultant to develop more stable solutions. It gives our dev teams the freedom to express their ideas and make optimal use of the client's environment, and makes it easier to add microservices.  

Robert Buijs
CIO, Experius

Alumio

CEO, Alumio

"20 years ago, we started as a digital agency, where we specialized in making integrations between ERP systems and digital software. We used to use custom code to connect the software. Only, we knew that solution was not scalable for our clients. That's why we created Alumio, an integration platform (iPaaS) build for eCommerce merchants.

In short, Alumio gives you the ability to develop an integrated eCommerce landscape that's better, faster, more flexible, and reliable. Alumio is there to be a long term solution for your business."  

Caspar Hardholt
CEO, Alumio
"Experius will help integrate, optimize, and develop your eCommerce platform to allow for a scalable future."

Experius has an abundance of expertise in:

eCommerce: Magento

PIM: Akeneo

Headless: PWA

Marketing Automation: DotDigital

ERP: SAP, Microsoft, AFAS, Unit4, Exact

Why Alumio

20 years of integration experience

Alumio is the data-integration platform that seamlessly connects, stores, and integrates with business solutions. For developers working in eCommerce environments, a common question that is asked by clients is regarding integrating data streams through API calls and connecting them to a simple all-in-one application. This is done by using templates that make developing whole new integrations for every solution obsolete. By simplifying processes, all software and systems will be connected to the Alumio integration platform, making data interchangeable with other systems.

Future-Proof Platform

Why Alumio

20 years of integration experience

Alumio is the data-integration platform that seamlessly connects, stores, and integrates with business solutions. For developers working in eCommerce environments, a common question that is asked by clients is regarding integrating data streams through API calls and connecting them to a simple all-in-one application. This is done by using templates that make developing whole new integrations for every solution obsolete. By simplifying processes, all software and systems will be connected to the Alumio integration platform, making data interchangeable with other systems.

Future-Proof Platform

Build for developers

By developers

We are proud of the fact that Alumio is made by the developers for developers. Based upon the trusted and robust Symfony framework, Alumio offers a scalable core with a flexible SDK. Due to the flexibility of the SDK, creativity, and potential for growth are unlimited. Besides that, our headless approach gives users a responsive experience when using our user interface. In short, Alumio makes it possible to develop custom-tailored solutions such as data management or experience management solutions and built them like they were perceived.

Future-Proof Platform
"By simplifying processes, all software and systems will be connected to the Alumio integration platform"

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