Upshot and ERPs: Taking Out the Growing Pains

Anyone who has built a medium-sized business from the ground floor up probably remembers a time when their business seemed a lot less complicated.  Remember when the ledger was a college rule notebook and extra stock was stored in your in-law’s basement?

As your online business grows, there is of course the benefit of greater profits, greater exposure, expanding possibilities–there is also an inherent growth in complexity.  Suddenly, there are supply chains to manage, vendors to keep track of, taxes to be accounted for and an increasingly scary inventory to make sense of.  Most ecommerce stores, once they reach a certain point of growth, come to the conclusion that it is not only useful, but in fact necessary, to obtain a system to manage all this data.  This is where Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems come in.  These systems are made to help businesses manage a lot of the nuts of bolts of a store, including accounting, maintenance and human resources.

However, for many businesses, their ERP system is not the same thing as their online store.  This means that inventory, sales and the daily operations of your ecommerce store need to somehow be reconciled with all the data contained in your ERP system in order to create the cohesive big picture.  For some of you, this may already be making your head hurt.

Relax, intrepid business owner.  We can help make it easier.  Upshot Commerce has all the tools you need to integrate your online store with your ERP system, allowing you to manage the two systems from one location as well as share and update information in real time.

Upshot seamlessly integrates with the world’s leading ERP and accounting packages including: MS DynamicsEpicor, QuickBooks, and more. However, there is one ERP system that is becoming one of the most popular options on the market–which we also happen to support better than any other e-commerce platform out there. What is this trending ERP system? Read on!

Although we have the capability to work with a number of ERPs, our most popular partner continues to be Sage 100 ERP.  Ideal for growing ecommerce businesses, there are a number of reasons why choosing Sage 100 ERP and Upshot works for so many ecommerce platforms.  Aside from pure convenience, the ability to share data points dynamically results in a functional benefit to both systems. Your ERP content becomes richer with the ability to supplement in images, descriptions and other data from  your website and your website becomes more informed with the supplementing of important back office data.

Information from your ERP can be shared with customers on an adjustable basis, depending on whatever your particular business logic may be (hide pricing, show only MSRP, show only contract pricing, etc.).  You can also tie Sage directly to leading sales channels that may work with your site, such as Amazon, Sears, Ebay and

So in summation, just a handful of the benefits of integrating Sage 100 ERP and Upshot include:

  • Increased revenue potential through built-in online marketing and SEO tools
  • Increased efficiency through a single shared data point
  • Increased productivity through streamlined workflow and online order management
  • Customizable to fit any business model
  • Remove operator duplicate data entry errors

All of these capabilities mean a better experience and functionality all around.  It results in better, more accurate information with less crossed wires and conflicting data due to maintaining two systems.  The end result is one unified solution that makes your life a little easier and a whole lot less complicated.

There are a number of different options for the Sage 100 ERP Extension as well as other ERP solutions, based on the size and complexity of your system. Check out some of our options here. Or contact us

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