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PostBooks/xTuple & Shopify – Lifecycler Technology Overview

By on Jun 9, 2017 in Harmonize Your Business, Lifecycler | 0 comments

OK, so to geek out on all y’all a little bit … here is some of the “inside baseball” technology that connects your Shopify® webstore to your PostBooks/xTuple instance.  At its core, Lifecycler is a cloud-based service that synchronizes certain events as they occur on Shopify® and PostBooks/xTuple. Other than some initial setup to point your webstore’s Lifecycler connector at your xTuple installation and prepare your product catalog, all of the events are processed in the normal flow of operations without adding any new steps. In our next technical blog we will describe in a bit more detail how we manage the interactions between the two systems. More details on how to work with Lifecycler are available in our online documentation. Identify products to offer in PostBooks/xTuple and then publish your product catalog right from within PostBooks/xTuple.  Lifecycler takes the images, descriptions, prices – all the interesting and relevant information – from your system and then loads it into your Shopify® store. When your online customer places an order, Lifecycler transmits the order to your PostBooks/xTuple instance as a sales order.  When you ship the order to your online customer, Lifecycler alerts Shopify® that the order is fulfilled, and Shopify® notifies the customer. Payments are streamlined as well.  Just post the invoice for the order in PostBooks/xTuple, and the payments made at Shopify® are applied to the invoice. What if something goes wrong? While not terribly likely if everything is configured properly, it is possible that an order comes in from Shopify® that can’t be processed automatically in xTuple.  In such a case, Lifecycler saves the order and its payments, providing a reason why the order could not be processed.  Resolve the problem and then  just select the saved order and try to process it again. Want more info?  Use the handy contact form below: Name(required) Email(required) Website Comment...

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Lifecycler PostBooks/xTuple Connector for Shopify

By on Jun 5, 2017 in Harmonize Your Business, Lifecycler | 0 comments

Paladin Logic recently introduced Lifecycler – a direct connection to Shopify® webstores for PostBooks-based ERP systems (PostBooks, xTuple Distribution, Manufacturing, and Enterprise Editions). The announcement (email campaign mostly) met with a resounding “thud.” Perplexing.  We have been that told there are (tens of) thousands of PostBooks users around the world. Maybe one of them is you. Everyone knows that anyone who is serious about their business these days knows that they must have an online presence. So, of the thousands of PostBooks users, it seems that at least some of them would be interested in selling B2C (or B2B) online as part of their online presence. But. There appears to be a serious lack of interest. Why?  My suspicion is that we have not caught the attention of the PostBooks community rather than that there is just no interest.  The $10,000 question in inbound marketing is always: “how do I break through the incessant noise of the internet to get my message across to my prospective customers?” Here’s how.  We are going to write a series of blogs that not only address the business problems that you can (and will) resolve using Lifecycler, but also some of the “inside baseball” aspects of the technology that supports this integration.  This helps you understand what the value is in the package and subscription. If there is anything I have learned in the past 2 years of working the in-bound marketing for various of our systems – even if you build a better mousetrap, the world will not beat a path to your door.  So this blog will focus for the next several weeks on describing how Lifecycler will increase sales, decrease expenses, and lead to profit, growth, and wealth.  It will also focus on how it all came about.  What technical problems were resolved to bring you an end-to-end business management solution.  One that integrates the online customer experience directly into the enterprise. Save...

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