Magento’s ability to utilise a number of technologies to help boosts its usability is one of the things that makes it a fantastic sales platform.
One of the technologies you will need is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution which runs the business-side of things in the back end of your site. Sage ERP is one of the most popular options. here we look at the different versions of Sage and the different integration techniques.
Which version of Sage ERP do I need?
Sage 100 ERP – For companies of 5-15 users. It provides financial, sales and distribution information through the cloud.
Sage 300 Online – For smaller to medium sized enterprises, this cloud-based business management package gives strong financial functionality, with the addition of international accounting tools.
Sage ERP X3 – For larger companies up to 50 users. Complex financials can be handled, with multi-site and multi-company functionality.
How to Integrate Sage with Magento
There are three ways you can integrate Sage into your Magento platform.
There are a number of extensions which can add Sage to your backend, usually for specific transactions such as order processing and inventory sync. This means that they can be implemented quickly and easily and also don’t cost the earth. However, they also have limited functionality.
Cloud-based Integration Services
Integration can be done through the cloud. This means that software is easy to deploy, can be accessed from anywhere and costs are reduced as hardware is provided by the host. However, the number of users you have can make this become increasingly costly, along with limited functionality due to the number of different connections required.
Multichannel Management Platforms
Multichannel platforms integrate all of your POS, e-commerce, and ERP platforms. This combined approach on one platform gives you greater control, allowing for many channels and faster ordering. However, this is the most expensive option and can take a long time to set up and get right.
Each integration versions has pros and cons. Choose the one which sits best with your business-model, both in terms of your size and what you want from the platform.