Best of the Blogosphere: May

Hannah Gierosky

Sometimes we come across a blog that is so good that we just have to share it. We will highlight a few of our favorites each month here on the blog, but don't forget to see what else we are sharing on Twitter and Facebook.


Is Cloud Based ERP Deployment Right For You?

Now that we’ve defined some aspects of The Cloud, how do you decide if it’s right for you? Along with things like industry, company size, and security needs, this article from Redfaire identifies two factors to think about when considering the cloud for your ERP system: size of the company and complexity of the implementation.

Redfaire indicates that small or medium-sized businesses are the best candidates for cloud based ERP right now, as larger companies generally invest a lot and time and money into in-house ERP ownership. The cost-savings offered by an ERP cloud solution are probably more impactful for a smaller company.

Just as a smaller company will have more luck with the cloud, those with fewer complexities will as well. “Companies who have a large amount of customizations and numerous integrations are less likely to move to the cloud for the moment,” says Christian Fronteras at Redfaire.

Redfaire cites the recent Gartner Report that states that 47% of organizations plan to move their core ERP systems to the cloud within three years, so even if you don’t think your organization is ready now, it could be soon.

8 Common Responsive Design Mistakes

We’ve seen what can happen when a company doesn’t employ responsive design at all, but implementing responsive design incorrectly can be just as bad as not using it at all. This article from Practical Ecommerce addresses eight common responsive design mistakes, including starting the design with the desktop version, slow-loading pages, and non-responsive emails. mobile-b2b

Starting with the Desktop Version

With most projects, from painting to cooking to responsive design, it’s easier to add to something than take away from it. So why start with a fully featured desktop site and attempt to scale it down to mobile display? Focusing on smaller screens first makes it easier to design for all displays.

Slow-Loading Mobile Pages

The beauty of mobile eCommerce is that you can reach consumers wherever they are. But if your page doesn’t load quickly enough, your customer will move onto the next option and you will lose the sale. Check out our list of 10 Things That Will Improve Site Speed to start evaluating your site.

Emails are Not Responsive

Let’s imagine that you have a flawlessly executed responsive design site that works beautifully on mobile, but your emails are not responsive. How frustrating would that be for your customer, to go from a user-friendly, mobile-optimized site to an awkward, desktop resolution email on their phone? With so many customers checking order detail and shipping status emails on their phone, it is important to make the experience as pleasant as possible. You can read about responsive email templates in Magento here.

Be sure to check out the rest of the list of Responsive Design Mistakes here.

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