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Navigating the Safety Landscape: ERP-Integrated Ecommerce Insights

Navigating the Safety

In the rapidly evolving digital commerce landscape, the integration of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems with ecommerce platforms has become a pivotal strategy for businesses aiming for seamless operations. While this integration promises efficiency and streamlined processes, it also brings forth unique safety and security challenges that require careful consideration. At Kensium, we understand the complexities of ERP-integrated ecommerce and are dedicated to providing solutions that ensure a secure and resilient online presence.

Key Challenges:

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1. Data Security

ERP systems store vast amounts of sensitive business data and integrating them with an ecommerce platform introduces the risk of data exposure. It is important to ensure that only information that is critical to ecommerce operations is exposed to the commerce website. Some of these items could be very simple – such as Order Status. However, this may also expose important internal business processes to customers if not handled properly. Ensuring the security of order and customer information, payment details, and proprietary business data is paramount.

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2. Integration Complexity

The intricate nature of ERP systems and ecommerce platforms can lead to challenges in seamless integration. Misconfigurations or inadequate planning may result in disruptions, data discrepancies, or even system crashes. A critical review of all failure points along with the error handling is essential to ensure that the integration is not exposing critical internal data elements in error messages and logs.

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3. Regulatory Compliance

Ecommerce businesses need to comply with various regulations governing data privacy and consumer protection. Failing to meet these compliance standards can lead to legal repercussions and damage to the brand's reputation. Some of the well-known data privacy acts are General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) among others. These acts allow consumers to request their personal data be removed or opted-out from the systems. It is essential to ensure that systems are designed to support such requests coming from the front-end ecommerce systems are addressed in the back-end ERP as well.

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4. Data Corruption

While multiple systems are integrated and data exchanged between the two, there is always a common ID that is mapped between the two systems. E.g. A customer ID in the ERP is mapped to the customer ID in Ecommerce. It is essential that this mapping is done in a fool-proof manner and every possible scenario is contemplated during the design process itself. Otherwise, this may lead to a catastrophic situation where one customer’s data is mapped to another customer, resulting in data privacy issues, payment issues, compliance issues, and a lot more. Unwinding from this situation in a production environment is time-consuming, expensive, and sometimes an impossible task.

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5. PCI Compliance

One of the most important use cases of integrating ecommerce websites with ERP systems is the ability to transfer payment tokens between the two systems so payment collected while placing the order on ecommerce can be managed in the financial system for handling expired authorizations, processing returns, refunds, etc. This requires adherence to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), ensuring secure transactions and protecting sensitive payment information, or risk serious penalties including cancelation of payment gateway access.

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6. Connecting Systems via Public Internet

In today’s cloud-based systems, data transfer between systems typically happens over the public internet which introduces security challenges, emphasizing the need for robust encryption and data protection measures along with access controls. One needs to ensure that these integrations are setup properly not just from a configuration perspective, but from a systems and security perspective as well.

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7. Handling Fraudulent Orders

Most modern ecommerce solutions support detection of potentially fraudulent orders. Even traditional commerce solutions have access to systems such as Signifyd, Kount, etc. that provide detection of fraudulent online orders. It is important to ensure that these orders are tagged and processed differently so they do not even come into the ERP and are accidentally fulfilled. This is crucial for maintaining the integrity of ecommerce operations.

Avoiding Challenges with Kensium:


1. Thorough Security Assessments

Kensium conducts comprehensive security assessments to identify vulnerabilities and implement robust measures to protect against data breaches. Our focus is on safeguarding customer information and maintaining the integrity of your business data.

2. Expert Integration Services

With a team of experienced professionals, Kensium ensures smooth ERP and ecommerce platform integration. We address complexities with precision, minimizing the risk of disruptions and ensuring data consistency across systems.

3.  Compliance Assurance

Kensium stays abreast of evolving regulatory landscapes and ensures that your ecommerce operations comply with data protection laws and industry standards. Our commitment is to keep your business on the right side of legal and ethical considerations.

4. 24/7 Support and Monitoring

We understand the criticality of uninterrupted business operations. Kensium provides round-the-clock support and monitoring to proactively identify and address potential issues, ensuring minimal downtime.

5. Prioritize PCI Compliance

Kensium prioritizes PCI compliance through robust encryption protocols and secure payment gateways. Our solutions ensure secure transactions and protect customer payment information.

6. Data Protection

Kensium configures ERP systems to efficiently handle GDPR requests, facilitating the erasure of customer data upon request and ensuring compliance with data protection regulations.

7. Secure Communication Protocols

Kensium employs advanced encryption technologies and implements secure communication protocols to safeguard data transmitted between ERP and ecommerce platforms, ensuring a secure integration process.


How Kensium Can Help?

In navigating the complexities of ERP-integrated ecommerce, Kensium's solutions are designed to address challenges comprehensively, ensuring a secure, compliant, and efficient ecosystem for your business. As technology evolves, Kensium remains at the forefront, empowering businesses to thrive in the ever-changing digital landscape.

Kensium offers tailored solutions that cater to the unique safety challenges posed by ERP-integrated ecommerce. By combining cutting-edge technology with industry expertise, we empower businesses to thrive in the digital realm securely. Partner with Kensium to unlock the full potential of your ERP-integrated ecommerce venture.

In conclusion, while ERP-integrated ecommerce opens doors to unprecedented efficiency, a proactive approach to safety is paramount. Kensium stands as your reliable partner in navigating complexities, ensuring a secure and resilient ecommerce ecosystem.

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