Our platform selection process is built for brands to be supported in a new ecommerce platform to support their fast growing business, and deliver the build and growth of their new online store.
Our team have unrivalled experience in supporting or driving the selection of an ecommerce platform, having worked with the majority of mainstream ecommerce platforms with brands from all over the world across Shopify Plus, Magento, BigCommerce and more.
Our approach does vary, due to the bespokeness of how we work with clients, but these projects would typically include at least some of the below:
Business workshops / discovery - focused on understanding business goals, short, medium and long-term objectives, team structure, commercials and budgeting, and existing situation.
Functional workshops - focused on capturing detail around requirements and documenting more technical areas. The goal would be to build a detailed spec that would provide detail to assess platforms and allow for an accurate quote from agency partners. This would also include discussions around things like integration approach, headless vs non-headless, role of key third parties etc.
TCO analysis - assess the total cost of ownership (CAPEX + OPEX) against all shortlisted platforms. We’re very diligent in this area and factor in short, medium and long-term change covering internationalisation, impacting payment provider, exceeding GMV brackets etc.
Platform assessment - assess the different platforms against the business and functional requirements and then report and present back against key areas to key stakeholders.
Platform decision - process around committing to the platform and building out next steps.
Agency selection and due-diligence - we’d typically run workshops on agency options and go through pros and cons. We’d then create a shortlist and agree a process for assessing and then reducing down to a final two. We’d often manage the selection process, but that’s very much optional. We’d also assure key areas such as cost structure, project team, UAT definition, contracts, agreements etc. We’ve worked with a high proportion of the mainstream SIs in Europe and the US and would also add additional layers of due-diligence.
Project planning - we’d then optionally be involved in pre-discovery elements (e.g. commercials) and then we would be potentially involved in the planning of the project (internal and third parties), alongside delivery (project management, technical governance, QA / UAT).
Team with a wide range of skills and focus, covering product ownership, technical solutions, marketing, strategy, and analysis
Deep experience in both technical and strategic areas (ranging from PIM implementation to CRM strategy)
Unbiased, impartial and fair team - we work with all technology partners and do not favour solutions based on commission or benefits
One of the world’s only Shopify Plus consultancy partners, alongside multiple Magento Certified Solutions Specialists
Experienced with most major platforms - Magento / Adobe, Shopify Plus, Salesforce Commerce Cloud, Shopware, BigCommerce, SAP, etc.
Strong relationships with majority of technology partners - ranging from PIM to personalisation to BI platforms
Supported a wide range of major ecommerce projects for brands from all over the world, including Bulletproof, The V&A, Self-Portrait, Science Museum Group, PMT Music, Totême, David Austin Roses, Sunspel and many more
Won multiple awards at leading ceremonies, including the eCommerce Awards and the UK eCommerce Awards