I\’m assuming you\’re using Lawson M3 as your ERP for your business?
I\’m a Web Developer Specialist employed to provide the e-Commerce solution for our business which uses Lawson M3.
After a presentation of the e-Sales system, this is part of the pros/cons report I wrote:
• Can be up and running in a very short time – pending availability of e-Sales Rep to install server, set up and configure - mainly as the primary installation document regular contradicts itself in method. Apparently even their staff need to re-install the server 3+ times in order to get it functional, all at a nice toasty rate - expect to outlay $40,000 for a system we\’ve already a license for
• Styling changes can be applied to personify this system in CSS 1 and partial CSS 2
• Mostly an extension of M3 operations
• Can take .XLS (spread sheet) or CSV file input of orders – (CON: then supplies a XML return – most folks have no idea what to do with an XML file; also, why a completely different format? Yes, can be converted relatively easily by us into the full spread of formats)
• Written in HTML 4 “loose” DOCTYPE which was established in 2003 as the most relaxed of all web standards created – main issue is smart device general incompatibility (iPhones, Tablets etc). Even loaded heavily with IE hacks and tweaks, the presentation site still presented display errors (box model and absolute bug)
• Needs serious amounts of User Experience work to make user friendly – default icons and layout confused ½ of whom presented to, through misleading choice of colours, icons, text and layout
• Stock level notifications at point of input can be on data that is up to an hour old. Otherwise you’re backtracking from point of completion in order to get valid up to date information
So far I\’ve conversed with 7 companies using Magento to operate the e-Commerce element of their business using similar SKU #\’s as we have and some were using 10x the product volume and comfotably happy with the administration, management and use.
e-Sales is slow and clunky using heavily out-dated code. Only consider it if:
• last resort
• no in-house web developer, and have someone who can create a stylesheet to match your business
• using M3 as your ERP and need a very quick fix for an e-Com solution