The Essence of SaaS Ecommerce Platforms
SaaS (software-as-a-service) refers to a deployment model in which a service provider centrally hosts software and licenses it on a subscription basis. This model is used by ecommerce software providers to help businesses save money on infrastructure installation and maintenance while quickly unpacking and launching an ecommerce solution.
A Standard SaaS Ecommerce Platform: All-in-One Functionality
To compete in the SaaS market, modern ecommerce solutions provide e-retailers with built-in tools for effective web store management as well as support for a variety of business models (B2C and B2B).
Managed cloud hosting
- 99% uptime.
- Production, staging and development environments.
- Scalability of resource usage.
- Content delivery network for fast performance.
- PCI-certified cloud infrastructure.
- Storage and backup services.
- 24/7 environment monitoring.
Ecommerce website launch
- Website design templates.
- Product upload and management.
- Configurable product attributes.
- Different product presentation formats: images, video, downloadable files, product builders, etc.
- Support for different conversion paths: one-click buying, registered checkout, saving items to a wish list.
- International payment gateways for online payment processing.
Ecommerce back-office operation
- Online merchandising.
- Promotional pricing.
- Drag-and-drop content builder.
- Content staging and preview.
- SEO suite.
- Entry-level email marketing.
- Order and return management.
- Customizable reporting dashboards.
- Multistore management.
- Layered navigation and elastic search.
- Recently viewed products.
- Product recommendations.
- Social media integration.
- A loyalty program.
- Persistent shopping cart.
- Saved payment and shipping information at the checkout.
- Roles and permissions.
- Segment-based catalogs and pricing.
- Multi-tier pricing for quantity discounting.
- Price quoting and negotiation.
- A detailed order history and quick reorder.
- Requisition lists.
- Online payment options and payment on account.
- Order summary export.
Top 5 Enterprise Ecommerce Platforms
For our list of the best enterprise technologies in the ecommerce domain, we compare market-leading platforms recognized by reputed researchers and technology advisors (we trust Gartner, Forrester and IDC for technology advice).
Adobe Commerce (previously Magento)
- In 2020, rated as a Leader among digital commerce suites by Gartner and Forrester.
- Over 30% of Adobe Commerce-powered businesses have $1-10 million in yearly revenue.
- An average cost of Adobe Commerce implementation with complex customization of business logic and cross-system integrations starts at $200K.
- The product line extends beyond an ecommerce platform and includes dedicated order management and business intelligence solutions.
- Meets the goals of global and omnichannel expansion as well as digital business transformation.
- Supports a headless development approach and provides a proprietary PWA Studio.
Salesforce Commerce Cloud
- Strong presence in B2C and B2B areas – both awarded the highest rank from Forrester.
- Native AI tool for digital experience personalization.
- Comprehensive app suite for enterprise-scale businesses to manage ecommerce, omnichannel sales, marketing, and customer support.
- Implementation and training costs including a license fee average over $400K.
- Salesforce provides strong implementation support
- Featured among the Leaders in digital commerce technologies by Forrester and Gartner.
- Part of Oracle Cloud CX – a suite of ecommerce, marketing, sales, and customer service tools to manage a full customer life cycle from acquisition to retention.
- API-first architecture optimal for agile development and simplified integrations.
- 20+ pre-built page layouts and 70+ widgets and page elements to create UI experiences with a drag-and-drop builder.
- Delivered in the Oracle Cloud only.
- Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce.
- Has the largest number of customers with annual GMV of over $1 billion among all vendors evaluated by Gartner.
- Delivers above-par capabilities in the management of product information, digital assets, and orders.
- Adopts a headless development approach.
- Enables real-time context-driven personalization.
- System complexity doesn’t allow for a quick start.
- Featured among ecommerce vendors with the strongest product offering by IDC and Gartner.
- A multi-product portfolio for a B2C and B2B online presence, omnichannel and international commerce, a headless setup, and ecommerce automation.
- An implementation project cost averages $60-200K.
- Average launch time on Shopify Plus is 3 months.
- Fortune 500 companies among the customers.
Invest in Custom Ecommerce Development Wisely
Rare retailers choose to build a custom solution from the ground up due to the convenience provided by platform-based ecommerce development. That’s clever, given that core ecommerce functionality is built into modern ecommerce platforms. However, customizing them and powering an ecommerce solution with advanced technologies and approaches may provide a significant competitive advantage if you can clearly see how a development investment will return as increased profit or decreased spending.
Trust SaaS Ecommerce Implementation to Experts
LivYoung realtech has an ecommerce-savvy team of consultants and developers who excel at both business problem solving and coding.
- Analyzing the ecommerce software market and comparing alternatives in terms of cost-benefit.
- Investigating local market regulations and governmental legislation.
- Matching business requirements to the best ecommerce technology.
- Developing a market entry strategy
- Calculating launch costs and providing optimization workarounds
- Analyzing business requirements and putting in place an ecommerce solution:
- Configuration and code modification
- Design of a website.
- Ecommerce replatforming to improve solution scalability or lower total cost of ownership.
- AI-powered personalization is improving the customer experience.
- Implementing integrations to make an ecommerce entity a part of a unified IT ecosystem.