Any software is based on a properly structured database that serves as the foundation of its operations and stores the important values on which it functions. An important fact to consider when we’re using multiple solutions is the integration of them to realize a unified business management system. However, before we can implement and maintain such a system we need to understand how its database functions so that we fully leverage its facilities. Once we’ve fully understood this aspect, then we can configure & use the system in a more efficient way and troubleshoot any problem easily. In this article, we’ll discuss how the data flows between the databases in the x2xecommerce x2x RMH-Shopify integration solution.
Whenever we talk about the integration of web-based applications, the role of API becomes apparent. The Shopify platform is no different. The x2xecommerce connects its database to the Shopify database using an API. This Shopify API offers much flexibility to the implementation team to control what data flows using the Shopify API and, therefore, allows the user to customize the integration as per their requirements. The x2xecommerce integration solution further allows configuration of what kind of values and data is uploaded and downloaded to and from Shopify. Thus the function of API serves as the foundation of the integration and allows Shopify webstore owners to expand their management capabilities by leveraging the functionalities of other applications.
Data flow through the PMP Database
An important use of the database in the x2x RMH-Shopify solution is the PMP database that imports data from RMH into itself and then uploads it to Shopify. Its importance lies in the fact that having an independent database of its own allows the user to keep Shopify and RMH independent of each other despite being linked to each other through integration. Once the data is imported into the PMP database, it can be modified before uploading to Shopify; this is useful in case users want different product information on both of the platforms. Furthermore, having a separate database allows the user to gain more flexibility and control over how the data flows from RMH to Shopify; for e.g., users can select what product values to take from Shopify to RMH. Moreover, through the mapping feature user can decide which value in RMH corresponds to which values on Shopify.
How data flows through the Order Manager
The Order Manager as the name suggests is the module of x2x RMH-Shopify that is responsible for order management and syncing between the two platforms. Any order downloaded in the Order Manager is directly able to be processed in POS and its invoices and fulfillment are uploaded to Shopify after being processed. The x2x RMH-Shopify also allows the user to upload prices and inventory. The module also provides an option for price, tax, and payment mapping that allows the user to treat certain values in these domains for orders as per their requirements in RMH. Hence giving greater flexibility to control Shopify order data in RMH POS.
Understanding the system that your business is using is necessary to optimize your business management. The operations of the x2x RMH-Shopify integration solution being an integration solution is largely based on the exchange of data and thus understanding the importance and working of the database involves and how data flow is necessary to better utilize the solution. The comprehensive x2x RMH-Shopify integration solution leverages the Shopify API to sync the data between the two platforms and the properly defined mapping enables the flexibility to sync values between platforms according to requirements. Furthermore, using Order Managers orders can be downloaded into the RMH database, processed, and uploaded as fulfillment on Shopify.
The x2xecommerce offers many solutions in the domain of ERPs, POS, and ecommerce. An example of another solution by the x2xecommerce is the x2x RMH-BC integration solution. If you’re looking to implement this or any other solution reach out to the x2x team for any query or free demo.