Real-time data Integration between a leading automotive aftermarket supplier’s Magento digital eCommerce Platform and ERP system.
A well-known automotive parts supplier to the retail supply chain has been a Customer of AdvanceFirst Technologies Ltd for over 20 years, using their Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and IBM iSeries systems integration services, enabling real-time data communications between retail clients and trading partners within the UK motor trade.
Based on the confidence of working with AdvanceFirst in delivering first class EDI and data integration solutions, the Customer commissioned a project to manage and integrate data flows between their IBM AS400 based ERP system and their recently established Magento digital eCommerce platform.
The solution (AAPI – Advance Application Programme Integrator) provided by AdvanceFirst sits as a piece of middleware between the Magento storefront and the Customer’s ERP system to broker the exchange, update and transformation of real-time stock availability and order data. Data is collected by AAPI from the Storefront in its native data format, translated, validated and routed to the IBM AS400 in a format required for auto-import directly to the ERP system. Similarly, the ERP system responds through AAPI with updated stock availability and order tracking data which is again translated into the data format needed by the Storefront. The whole process is fully automated with notifications and alerts sent to nominated IT staff if and when errors in the data flow are detected. AAPI was designed to work independently of external applications so can be readily used with any backend ERP system.
AAPI also connects to and manages the exchange of delivery fulfilment related messages with DPD, the Customer’s principal fulfilment partner. Once orders are collected and processed, the ERP system generates despatch notifications which are sent to DPD through AAPI in a data format required by DPD’s internal business applications. Similarly, DPD’s responses and delivery confirmations are directed back through AAPI and routed to both the ERP system and Magento.