Miesięczne archiwum: Maj 2018

The new SaaS definition

Technology is an area where changes take place almost every day. Systems, especially those intended for online sales, both in the B2B and B2C model, are regularly enriched with new functionalities or changes in the specificity of those already existing. All this is conditioned by the constantly growing needs of the customers.

At i-systems, since the beginning, the main idea behind the implementation of all projects is quality. Providing clients with the best technological solutions is the basis of our work. In November 2016, we came up with the idea to set up a team of developers responsible for implementing the Continuous Integration method.

The most important task of this department has been the effective implementation of this method and enabling i-systems customers to continuously develop their sales systems. The CI method is based on joint work of a team of developers who introduce changes continuously, merging them every few minutes. Working together on the code affects its highest quality and makes it consistent, the next benefit is that the system is able to work effectively for many years.

The first store based on Continuous Integration was implemented by i-systems in May 2017. Currently, in our portfolio, we have as many as 16 online stores launched in the CI method, and their number is constantly growing.

For a brand, the implementation of CI means:
– systematic development of the online sales system with innovative functionalities created in cooperation with the R&D
– ensuring security by performing automated tests thanks to which only fully verified elements are introduced to the system
– even faster time to market understood as a transition from the concept of functionality to the implementation
– guarantee of the system provider’s responsibility for the quality of the solution based on the tested elements
– predictable cost of e-commerce system development thanks to precisely defined conditions of cooperation
– sustainable and constant development of the e-commerce system

The constant addition of new elements and functionalities to the system has made it necessary to change the business model used so far. This is how the concept of the model called ‚Dedicated SaaS’ emerged. It turns out that dedicated solutions and those offered in the SaaS model are not mutually exclusive, and even perfectly harmonize with each other. The combination of these e-commerce models provides customers with a completely new quality and makes it possible not only to use their advantages but also to eliminate the disadvantages.

As a result, we get an innovative system model that is characterized by:
– lower cost of software implementation and development
– the possibility of creating dedicated solutions
– access to all functionalities offered by the software provider
– fast Time to Market
– the ability of long-term development

What’s important, the dedicated SaaS is a guarantee of lowering the initial investment cost of the project, and the use of this business model ensures that the client is fully protected. When the client decides to self-host and maintain the software, he or she has the option to purchase the license of the solution they already use.

Continuous Integration is the future of e-commerce. The i-systems company as the first on the market, through the use of CI practice, offers a sales system developed as a dedicated SaaS. Thanks to this method, customers have stable and always up-to-date systems, allowing for many years of development and strengthening of their market position.

Foreign expansion of Vistula with i-systems

Vistula brand begins to develop online sales on foreign markets. Together with i-systems, a new version of the brand’s e-commerce system has been prepared. The Vistula online store is now available in English and Czech, thus favouring the development of cross-border sales.

After the implementation of the online store on the domestic market, Vistula decided on further development of the services and to match its online offer to the foreign customers. In addition to the English version, which is adapted to a wide range of recipients abroad, the brand’s actions were also directed slightly to the South. The result is the launch of the store in the Czech language. The system currently supports deliveries to the customers from 25 countries.

New language versions of the store are not everything. Each of them has the equivalents of existing banners and graphics from the Polish-language store. Currency versions have also been designed to ensure automatic price recalculation. For the English version, the default currency is the euro. The Czech edition of the store, on the other hand, offers prices in Czech koruna. Prices in those currencies are visible after selecting the appropriate language version.

New language versions are a step towards expanding sales to the European market – says Aneta Kazanowska, Director of Online Stores at Vistula Group S.A. – Proper implementation of cross-border sales is possible when all processes related to online transactions are automated and ensure the free flow of information about orders. Therefore, it was necessary to integrate the system with the warehouse and accounting environment, logistics processes and discount policy – adds Aneta Kazanowska.

All above-mentioned solutions are matched to the appropriate language and currency versions, in order to efficiently process orders from English and Czech websites.

New language versions of the Vistula store are available here: evistula.cz and vistula.eu

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