So, you’ve decided that now is the time to migrate from monolithic e-commerce to headless e-commerce. 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 e-commerce to headless e-commerce. Sitecore has helped many complex businesses migrate to modern, headless e-commerce and we’ve outlined how a typical migration project works with Sitecore® OrderCloud®

5 steps to migrate from monolithic e-commerce to headless e-commerce

1. Create the vision and map it to the Sitecore OrderCloud data model

The first step in any migration project is understanding your current e-commerce situation and mapping out what your ideal e-commerce 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 Sitecore 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 and 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 Sitecore development team will get to work building your custom e-commerce 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 Sitecore 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, Sitecore helps complex businesses launch successful e-commerce 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 e-commerce to headless e-commerce, download our Guide today