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Smile.io Connector Template

From now on it is possible to quickly connect a Magento e-commerce website to Smile.io, a popular loyalty platform, with the help of our standard integration.
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Smile.io Connector Template

Alumio offers various standard integrations that can be used to set up connections between different applications as quickly as possible. We’re excited to introduce our newest addition to our connector templates. From now on it is possible to quickly connect Smile.io, a popular loyalty platform, with the help of our connector template.

With Smile.io, a complete loyalty program can be set up within minutes. The loyalty program allows customers to earn points for the actions they perform for the benefit of the e-commerce website. Customers can then use the points they have earned to obtain a discount on their next purchase. For this, Smile.io needs two entities: the customers and orders. In order to synchronize the entities with Smile.io, a connection will have to be made between the two applications.

Example: Magento e-commerce platform

Merchants can use a module to connect the two applications. When an order is placed in Magento, the module synchronizes the data with Smile.io. Customers will be synchronized when they are updated within Magento.

However, this way of connecting comes with potential and unnecessary risks. Because the module is embedded within the Magento platform and the checkout process, it could provide unexpected results. For example, a situation can occur that Magento had to be updated because of an urgent security patch and that this security patch causes the module to no longer work as expected. This could lead to a non-functioning checkout process, with all its consequences.

As an alternative to using a module within Magento, merchants can choose to connect the applications by using Alumio. Alumio has a standardized connection that uses the API’s of both applications. And these connectors are comprehensively tested by a specialized testing company.

The advantage of the API is that it is available within Magento and Smile.io by default. No development or additional actions are required. Alumio uses the API’s to synchronize the right data between your e-commerce platform and Smile.io, so that the Merchants can focus on the most important thing: to retain customers and transform them into ambassadors.

1) Let the API Datapoints be created via SAP Consultants

Risk of low quality & performance errors
If your team will create the data points in the API’s for a fully blown SAP B2B portal, for the first time, the risk of forgetting data fields, the wrong type / logic of creating webservices in a way they will not perform is enormous.    

Let's give you 1 example and insight:   In order to create a customer or so-called self-service portal in your B2B eCommerce, where customers can have a look to their current stats of orders and deliveries, or the history of orders, you need to create 2 separate webservice to make sure you are not over requesting the SAP API. You need to create a separate web service which only requests the header information (invoice number,  for only the latest 10 items, etc and 1 separate which request the detailed information of an invoice. rserd customer will look for a list of first and only will have a look to 1 order/ delivery. The API call of the headers is exceptionally light, and the request of detailed information is a bit heavier. By using 2 APIs call for this feature, you are preventing to request all the detailed information for every user, which will visit the self-service portal. This way if building the API’s is 98% lighter than requesting all detailed information for all orders by all users!

The risk of configuring your webservice in a way which will get a big load to your SAP is enormous. When requesting all products, B2B Prices, Orders or Invoices to your SAP using real-time calls via a wrong logic, it may cause serious  performance problems. It is  therefore extremely important to configure the webservice with the right logic, using a smart caching  mechanism, to not request data in real-time by using “call” requests to your  API webservices, however  use a push mechanism to prevent big load and performance issues

2) Use an off the shelf certified and proven SAP API Plugin

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Smile.io Connector Template

From now on it is possible to quickly connect a Magento e-commerce website to Smile.io, a popular loyalty platform, with the help of our standard integration.
Smile.io Connector Template

Alumio offers various standard integrations that can be used to set up connections between different applications as quickly as possible. We’re excited to introduce our newest addition to our connector templates. From now on it is possible to quickly connect Smile.io, a popular loyalty platform, with the help of our connector template.

With Smile.io, a complete loyalty program can be set up within minutes. The loyalty program allows customers to earn points for the actions they perform for the benefit of the e-commerce website. Customers can then use the points they have earned to obtain a discount on their next purchase. For this, Smile.io needs two entities: the customers and orders. In order to synchronize the entities with Smile.io, a connection will have to be made between the two applications.

Example: Magento e-commerce platform

Merchants can use a module to connect the two applications. When an order is placed in Magento, the module synchronizes the data with Smile.io. Customers will be synchronized when they are updated within Magento.

However, this way of connecting comes with potential and unnecessary risks. Because the module is embedded within the Magento platform and the checkout process, it could provide unexpected results. For example, a situation can occur that Magento had to be updated because of an urgent security patch and that this security patch causes the module to no longer work as expected. This could lead to a non-functioning checkout process, with all its consequences.

As an alternative to using a module within Magento, merchants can choose to connect the applications by using Alumio. Alumio has a standardized connection that uses the API’s of both applications. And these connectors are comprehensively tested by a specialized testing company.

The advantage of the API is that it is available within Magento and Smile.io by default. No development or additional actions are required. Alumio uses the API’s to synchronize the right data between your e-commerce platform and Smile.io, so that the Merchants can focus on the most important thing: to retain customers and transform them into ambassadors.

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