The Time Is Now: Your eCommerce Site Is Ready For A Migration

Fear not! Migrations are often an essential step for every eCommerce site. However, knowing when it’s time to perform a migration can be a little confusing, but it doesn’t have to be! Below, Codal, a leader in both enterprise migrations and eCommerce, details the signs of when it’s time to migrate and replatform your eCommerce site.

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Signs Of A Much Needed Ecommerce Migration

  • Problems with Integrations: an essential element of any successful eCommerce business is that of integrations. Whether that be integrations with social media or other various eCommerce plugins, your eCommerce platform will need to seamlessly integrate.
  • Unable to Handle Growth/Scalability: your business is growing, and therefore so are your sales. However, your platform isn’t going to miraculously growth. At a certain point a migration is needed in order to scale your growing enterprise.
  • Poor Customer Experience: ultimately all of the above signs contribute to poor eCommerce customer experience, which is the ultimate sign that it’s time to replatform (or design one!).

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Getting Serious

You’re now convinced that your eCommerce site needs a migration. Here are some things to consider to move forward:

  • Choosing a migration method: there are a number of different migration methods to choose from so some research and or guidance in finalizing a decision is critical.
    Risk: with every opportunity comes risk. Understanding the risk(s) involved in a migration is necessary in order to implement some sort of risk management prior to the start of the migration.
  • Downtime: performing a seamless migration can take time. That being said, eCommerce site owners must be aware of the downtime that comes with migrations.
  • End Users: eCommerce site owners need to continue to satisfy end users despite the migration taking place. One way to do this is by creating a schedule in which to follow. More specifically, choose a migration sequence instead of doing the whole thing all at once. That way your site is still usable for end users.
  • Emergencies: be sure to consider worst case scenarios and emergencies. Likewise, put in place a plan of action and decided on possibly hard to make decisions as preventative measures in case of an emergency situation during the migration. Consider whether or not to move forward to migration or implement a rollback plan.

Conclusion

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Goodbye legacy eCommerce platform! Embrace the migration and say hello to your new eCommerce platform! As a leading ecommerce website design and development company we here at Codal hope you found this information useful! If you have any questions or are wanting to perform a migration or replatforming for your eCommerce enterprise, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

The Time Is Now: Your eCommerce Site Is Ready For A Migration

Product Information API

1) Product Information API

As an eCommerce retailer, you’re going to need/want certain information. For example, information like product descriptions, pricing info, product titles, etc., from any other database of products. Hence the need for product information APIs.

2) Product Catalogue API

551Update thousands of products in your catalogue within minutes by including product catalogue APIs in your eCommerce site. With product catalogue APIs retailers can create, edit, and manage all of their product catalogues. As a certified partner, we here at Codal would love to give a shout-out to BigCommerce’s product catalogue API!

3) Cart API

552Another must have eCommerce API is that of the Cart API. With these, retailers are able to see what’s going on inside customers shopping carts. Additionally, cart APIs allow retailers to customize the checkout experience, as well as the customer experience by way of things like discount codes, quote generation, and more.

4) Payment API

Make sure to setup a payment API in order to process electronic payments. A payment API ensures that your customers are able to make their purchases and that retailers are able to make money!

5) Shipping API

553With a shipping API, rates are automatically calculated, labels created, tracking numbers generated, and much more. This feature should integrate seamlessly with any eCommerce site or application.

Conclusion

Utilizing APIs for the betterment of your eCommerce is an industry best practice. Not to be overlooked! However, there are plenty other industry best practices to bolster your eCommerce site and/or application. Want to know more? Better yet… want to implement these best practices? Get in touch with Codal, a leading eCommerce website design and development company.

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Mobile Programming Languages – Which One Is Right For Your App Design/Development

So you want to make a mobile app. One of your greatest considerations is going to be the back-end; specifically choosing a programming language that’s right for your vision and application. As a leading mobile app developer, us here at Codal would like to profile some of our favorite mobile programming languages in hopes of leading you and your app towards one that’s the perfect fit.

Kotlin

Looking to develop an Android application? Look no further than Kotlin. This statistically typed programming language an ideal fit for developing Android apps. Production-ready, Kotlin is modern and expressive, safe, and interoperable.

411Modern and expressive code means developers can express their ideas in full without the need to write a lot of boilerplate code. And when isn’t safety desirable? Safer code only improves the quality of your app. Lastly, Kotlin is 100% interoperable with Java.

These are but a few of the compelling reasons why Kotlin is perfect for an Android mobile app developer. Likewise, Codal loves working with Kotlin for mobile app design and development.

Swift

iPhone or iPad? Swift is the programming language to develop an application for either of these two devices as they run on iOS.

412With Swift code you can create an entirely new app from scratch or you can incorporate new functionality and features into a pre-existing application. That being said, Swift is interoperable with Objective-C.

Swift is expressive. Features making this possible include easy to use Generics, functional programming patterns (like map and filter), and enums that allow for payloads and pattern matching.

Additionally, Swift is exceptionally fast as it has speed advantages during iOS application development.

Swift isn’t going anywhere. This programming language is only gaining traction. Some of the biggest companies are using Swift to build and maintain, even rebrand their mobile apps. Likewise, industry leaders in mobile app development, like Codal, are Swift experts.

Conclusion

413Starting an app from scratch or modifying a pre-existing app requires time and attention to the back-end programming language. This is easier said than done and oftentimes requires help.

Maybe you need help with eCommerce mobile app development or healthcare mobile app development, even logistics mobile app development. Regardless of the type of app you’re creating, we here at Codal know how to design and develop it. Get in touch with us today!

Mobile Programming Languages – Which One Is Right For Your App Design/Development

Database Management Systems 101

What is a database? Why do businesses need databases?

Best put by Oracle, “A database is an organized collection of structured information, or data, typically stored electronically in a computer system.” Storing, managing, and retrieving information is made possible via a database. And although databases contain tables and columns, they are not spreadsheets.

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Databases make things easier for businesses. More specifically, a database can, but is not limited to doing the following for a business:

  • Track inventory
  • Prepare for growth
  • Manage customer information
  • Payroll management
  • Analyze business data

What is a database management system? And why do businesses need one?

Put simply, a database management system manages databases. It is a software that is installed in order to manage three important things:

  • Data
  • Database engine, which allows data to be accessed, modified, and locked
  • Database schema (defines the logical structure)

Database management systems provide concurrency, data security, data integrity, and a way to make administrative procedures uniform.

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Many enterprises have more than one database management system, depending on the type of data in need of handling.

Relational Database Management System

A relational database management system consists of data items with previously defined relationships between them. Important elements of a relational database management system include Structured Query Language (SQL), data integrity, transactions, and the ability to be Atomic, Consistent, Isolated and Durable (ACID).

Examples of relational database management systems include MySQL and PostgresSQL. And as a full-stack digital agency, we here at Codal are experts in regard to these two database management systems. Codal creates the reliable and intelligent digital tools so accessing and
managing relational databases is easy. We do this via our MySQL and PostrgresSQL technologies.

Graph Database Management System

1111111A graph database management system operates under the idea that the relationship between the data is as important as the data itself. No predefined models for data.

A popular graph database management system is that of Neo4J. Used by many major companies, we here at Codal know how to use and work with this staple of a software.

Conclusion

The bigger the business, the more data. And as such, the need for a database and a database management system exists. However, sometimes incorporating these two elements isn’t easy. Let us here at Codal do the hard work for you and your business, experts in database technologies.

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goHow To Eliminate eCommerce Cart Abandonment On Mobile

Every industry has its Achilles heel and for eCommerce that pain point is cart abandonment. Although the cart abandonment average is at 69%, there are solutions to combating this problem. Here at Codal, we know all about shopping cart abandonment solutions.

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And while cart abandonment happens on all platforms (i.e. web, tablet, etc.), it happens more on mobile, specifically at a rate of 81%. Whether customers are shopping on apps like Instagram, or shopping on their phones within a web browser, specific attention must be given to various aspects of the mobile experience as to eliminate cart abandonment.

Below are some elements to pay attention to when addressing mobile cart abandonment, as well as their corresponding solutions, courtesy of Codal, an eCommerce mobile app development company!

“Save” Feature

Call it a “wishlist”, a “bookmark,” whatever! Mobile eCommerce demands a feature that allows users to save the items they wish to buy. Although a great bulk of eCommerce occurs on mobile, many users, while they start on mobile, complete their transactions elsewhere.
Many users are deterred by the small screens when participating in final stages of mobile transactions. By providing a feature where customers can save their items and pick up where they left off with the purchase, you’re accommodating user needs, as well as securing sales.

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Design User Friendly Text Fields

Given the size of a mobile screen, the importance of text fields is paramount. They can make or break your mobile eCommerce, so much so that they may be the catalyst for shopping cart abandonment if not designed and developed well.

Users get confused easily and lose their patience even quicker.
Be sure to use simple and concise language. No ambiguous wording and avoid being at all verbose.

Given users desires for immediacy, implement automation for text fields. First name, last name, email address, phone number, city, state, zip code, etc. can all be accommodated via autofilling text fields, which make things faster and easier for users. And thus makes them more inclined to complete purchases.

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Guest Checkout

Don’t force users to create an account, especially on mobile. Allow users to checkout as a guest. 1 in 4 customers choose to leave an eCommerce transaction rather than make an account.

While having users create an account may enhance your SEO, it’s not worth losing sales in order to do so. Your customers want ease and efficiency. Don’t elongate the checkout process for them with the need to create an account. Keep guest checkout forms brief.

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Conclusion

The above best practices are crucial when designing and developing a mobile platform that doesn’t facilitate shopping cart abandonment. It’s important to keep in mind that these best practices the byproduct of the needs and wants of users. If you’re wanting to uncover the needs and wants of your customers contact Codal, a leader in user experience research services. And based off those findings, consider working with an eCommerce website design and development company, like Codal!

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It’s In (Almost) Every Industry – AI/Machine Learning

Once considered to be something in our wildest dreams, AI/machine learning is now a very real part of our everyday lives. AI/machine learning is currently in many industries and making its way into many more. But not everyone knows how exactly AI/machine learning is affecting businesses.

Wonder no more! Codal breaks down a few of the industries being transformed by AI/machine learning!

Finance

Banks and other financial businesses are using AI/machine learning for two main reasons: fraud prevention and data analyzation.

While fraud is rare, it can be very costly. And as data sets grow bigger, it’s even harder to detect fraud, but with AI/machine learning, it just got a little easier. This technology is capable of mining data and analyzing client profiles in order to garner potential signs of fraud.

Insights provided by AI/machine learning analyzed data include investment opportunities or suggestions for investors as to when they ought to trade. Data analyzation helps risk management, which requires identifying risks early on. And with AI/machine learning banks can recognize risky data patterns sooner rather than later.

Looking for an established agency with experience with both finance and AI/machine solutions? Look no further than Codal! For an insider look at our experience, checkout our Charles Schwab case study!

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Retail/eCommerce

Retail websites are using machine learning in order to analyze your buying history and recommend products based on that data.

Machine learning is beneficial to eCommerce enterprises. For instance, this technology helps eCommerce enterprises make better data driven decisions, optimize processes, and identify new markets.

231AI/machine learning also helps create a more personalized custom experience. Likewise, this technology can predict customer service issues before they even occur.

And with 70% of eCommerce taking place via mobile best believe this technology is usable in that platform too!

Wanting to incorporate AI/machine learning into your eCommerce business? Get in touch with an eCommerce web development company and/or a eCommerce mobile app development company, like Codal!

Healthcare

232Digital transformation in healthcare is here! AI and machine learning has taken healthcare by storm! Healthcare AI is estimated to have a value of $6.6 billion by 2021 and save the U.S. healthcare industry $150 billion annually. These technologies are making significant strides for both healthcare professionals and patients.

AI is being used for medical diagnoses. For instance, Stanford University created an AI algorithm that identifies and diagnosis skin cancer. This technology is said to be available on mobile phones eventually. Likewise, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has an AI in the works that uses high-level image recognition to detect metastasis.

In need of healthcare transformation solution? Contact Codal, experts in software development for healthcare, connected healthcare solutions, and more!

Conclusion:

Industries not included in this piece, but that are reaping the benefits of AI and machine learning include, but are not limited to, transportation, manufacturing, and government.

AI/machine learning isn’t going anywhere. That being said, take a step in the innovative direction and incorporate this wonderful technology into your business with a little help from Codal, experts in AI/machine learning.

It’s In (Almost) Every Industry – AI/Machine Learning

Designing Platforms For Many User Types – 4 Best Practices

Its not at all realistic to assume you’ll only have a small handful of user types interacting with your platform. To combat this, you need to design a platform that will accommodate a variety of user types.

Below are what we here at Codal, a UX design company in Chicago, deem the best practices for designing platforms for various types of users.

Design Thinking

According to the Interactive Design Foundation, “Design thinking is a non-linear, iterative process which seeks to understand users, challenge assumptions, redefine problems and create innovative solutions to prototype and test.”

Begin design thinking via these steps:

  • Empathize: research and identify potential problems your users may face and design in empathetic accordance with your discoveries.
  • Define: gather and organize your findings from the previous stage. Analyze and draw conclusions in order to define problems.
  • Ideate: challenge your findings and assumptions in order to solve a variety of problems amongst a handful of different potential users.
  • Prototype: it’s time to experiment with solutions and prototypes as discovered in the previous three stages.
  • Test: don’t just think about these possible solutions, try them out!

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Personas

Make use of personas!

Personas are demonstrations of potential users in the real world. They help designers design for a variety of people and groups while still addressing individual needs. Personas are created via user research. (In search of user experience research services? Look no further than Codal!). They show the needs, wants, behaviors, etc., of who they’re representing.

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Caption: How to create Personas, a step by step guide.

Once your personas are created, give them some context: apply them to different scenarios. Scenarios will help designers understand user flows (see the following section), which is critical when designing for a variety of user types.

User Flows

User flows are a series of steps a user takes in order to achieve an objective. They communicate the intended sequence of steps that a user would go through within an application or website.

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Caption: UX Flows, and Why They’re So Confusing

User flows put the user at the center of the design process by putting attention of the users needs and wants, demonstrating how users achieve an objective.

An example of success with user flows can be seen in Codal’s experience working with Showroom Squared.

Accessibility/Compliance

Designing for many types of users also includes developing a platform that is usable for those with disabilities. While this is certainly the ethical practice, it also one that is mandated by law. Make sure you site is ADA compliant!

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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) make designing your platform accessible easy! An example of a WCAG guideline includes consistent navigation. More specifically, for users with visual impairments or cognitive limitations, having a predictable site or application makes it usability easier if repeated components (like an expanding navigation menu) occur in an identical order.

Accessibility allows all types of users to enjoy websites and web applications across many platforms without jeopardizing the quality of the experience.

Conclusion:

You can’t make everyone happy, but you can make your platform usable for a variety of user types. Whether you’re in need of custom software development services, UX research services, or anything else necessary to develop your platform, Codal has you covered. Checkout out our technologies and solutions!

Designing Platforms For Many User Types – 4 Best Practices