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This analysis is designed to help you find a commerce architecture that enables efficient operational workflows, reduces labour costs through innovation and automation, unifies data flow between technology and gives the opportunity to fine-tune your customer experience.
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Your ideal architecture is

Based on your answers, this is the ideal commerce architecture for you!

Commerce-led

A solely turnkey ecommerce solution relying on core competencies and a predetermined partner ecosystem for enhanced functionality. 

Examples: BigCommerce*, Shopify, WooCommerce, Volusion, Squarespace
 

Suitable for companies:
  • With minimal products and product variations
  • With lower transaction and revenue numbers
  • With limited or no IT/Development support
  • With easy order management processes
  • Who need quick market access and easy implementation

We often find clients are improperly using a commerce-led architecture because they are still relying on the commerce platform that they had chosen during the start-up phase. As they continue to grow they try to force their business model into a platform that was never meant to house a full fledged digital business. 

* BigCommerce can be used as a commerce-led architecture, however, unlike the other platforms listed, 90% of BigCommerce platform data is exposed to API’s!
 


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Experience-led

A seamless integration of a content management system, commerce platform, and 3rd party software(s). This architecture focuses on your customers, their experience with you and their buying journey through your commerce site.

Example: BigCommerce for Drupal (link opens in a new window)
 

Suitable for companies:
  • Who want to differentiate their brand through personalized shopping experiences
  • Who want to showcase products outside of a standard product page
  • Who want the power to develop a content-rich experience AND have an industry standard checkout process
  • Who want to sell across multiple channels and third-party marketplaces
  • Who need to develop and execute cohesive and synchronized marketing campaigns across multiple channels

The experience-led architecture is the best option for companies looking to take that next step out of the start-up phase and into establishing themselves as leaders in their industry. We find a lot of companies are wanting the experience-led architecture but are trying to build it on top of a commerce platform (see commerce-led architecture) that was never intended to manage the complexity of content delivery, multi-channel management, customer intelligence, and data connectivity.
 


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How does your current website stack up?

Request a FREE analysis of your website! This assessment covers the user frontend only and showcases areas of excellence and areas of opportunity. We have had great success working with ecommerce companies to analyze their current site up against a top competitor. Companies have found value in the insights and have taken action to improve their customer experience. View a sample.

Click to download and example Digital Strength Review

API-led

The ability to build your own front-end, integrate into saas, legacy, and homebrew platforms, and deconstruct commerce components for deeper development and innovation for specific features. 

Example: Open Source Architecture
 

Suitable for companies:
  • With multiple business models (D2C, Broker/Wholesale, B2B) that all require unique digital commerce capabilities
  • Who have a complex web of internal and external workflows that require a number of third party integrations
  • Who want the ability to add/remove/modify the platforms they integrate with easily and without major disruption to the business
  • Who need to have complete control of their data and how it is aggregated and disseminated 

The API-led architecture is more often used by companies large enough to have internal IT teams and/or agency support. It offers complete technological agility and freedom for innovative development. It is not uncommon for companies to take an architecture approach that falls within the spectrum of both API-led and Experience-led.
 


Next step:

How does your current website stack up?

Request a FREE analysis of your website! This assessment covers the user frontend only and showcases areas of excellence and areas of opportunity. We have had great success working with ecommerce companies to analyze their current site up against a top competitor. Companies have found value in the insights and have taken action to improve their customer experience. View a sample.

Click to download and example Digital Strength Review