How to Migrate from Monolithic eCommerce to Headless eCommerce: 5 Steps

August 4, 2020

Category: Best Practices

So, you’ve decided that now is the time to migrate from Monolithic eCommerce to Headless eCommerce. Maybe migration is necessary due to a compulsory update to your current platform, or that your current platform is being retired. Maybe you’ve just gone through a failed implementation. 

Regardless, when you’re ready to prioritize speed-to-market, user experience, and the need for ongoing innovation it’s time to migrate from monolithic eCommerce to Headless eCommerce. Four51 has helped many complex businesses migrate to modern, headless eCommerce and we’ve outlined how a typical migration project works with Four51 OrderCoud. 

5 Steps to Migrate from Monolithic eCommerce to Headless eCommerce

1.Create the Vision and Map it to the OrderCloud Data Model

The first step in any migration project is understanding your current eCommerce situation and mapping out what your ideal eCommerce situation looks like. To guide the discussion around how you want your ordering experience to work once the migration is complete, we’ll also discuss OrderCloud’s three key pillars: users, orders, and products, as well as any integration needs you have to make this application work efficiently and effectively with your other systems. 

  • Understanding Users
  • Understanding Order Flow
  • Understanding Products
  • Understanding Integration Needs 

2. Set Priorities & Develop Roadmap

Now it’s time to define your requirements and set priorities. Based on the above vision and understanding of your users, your order flow, your products, and your integrations, we’ll work to prioritize which workflows and processes need to be migrated first, which need to be reassessed, and which can be dealt with at a later stage, possibly as a phase 2. Replatforming is often a good time to assess and eliminate overhead, both of existing systems and existing workflows, that could be run more efficiently.

3. Development

Following the agile methodology, the Four51 development team will get to work building your custom eCommerce application. Generally, the development timeline is planned based on five key components of your application:

  • Customer Management
  • Commerce Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Integrations Management
  • User Experience

4. Migrate data

Finally, we’ll need to understand what data needs to be migrated from the old platform to the new one. What data needs to be migrated? Where is the data being stored today and where do you want it stored in the new system? When is the right time to migrate data? 

Once the data migration needs are defined, the data is mapped using scripts developed to conduct the migration.

5. Prepare for Launch

Preparing for launch is an important part of the migration process. Significant testing is done – both by the Four51 team and the customer – to make sure all customer management, commerce management, supplier management, and integrations management are working properly.

For the past 20 years, Four51 has been helping complex businesses launch successful eCommerce applications. If you’re ready to take the next step in your migration journey, you can reach out to our team for a demo today! 

For more information about migrating from monolithic B2B eCommerce to headless eCommerce, download our eBook today!