We work closely with developers to meet the needs of their clients, but we do not install and support CartSpan in development environments. The client installation, however, can be pointed to a developmental implementation of the cart. We take this position with the following rationale:
Proven Solution/Zero Risk – CartSpan works as advertised and does not need to be re-validated in a testing environment. The order-import API (Application Program Interface) operations are ‘read-only’ from the shopping cart and pose no risk to database integrity. On the accounting side, if import requests to the accounting SDK (Software Development Kit) are not well-formed, they are summarily rejected; thus posing no risk to integrity of the General Ledger. Any sample order(s) imported during implementation are simply deleted afterwards. As an additional measure of security, a backup of the accounting file is also taken before implementation. This implementation process is designed to minimize our costs, and ultimately, the price paid by committed customers.
Domain Expertise – CartSpan is a highly-configurable solution that requires accounting-related considerations during the implementation process. Our experience in this domain, coupled with understanding of the target eCommerce platform, uniquely positions us to facilitate these considerations.
Environmental Scanning – Direct interaction with the end-user allows us to continually assess how well CartSpan addresses the evolving needs of businesses. We would rather hear this first-hand at the beginning of a project, rather than after expensive resources have been deployed.
Maintaining Cost-Efficiency – Value is a primary attraction of the CartSpan solution. By working directly with the client and implementing CartSpan only once we keep costs to an absolute minimum. The result is a cost-effective integration that is at-least 40% less expensive initially and at-least 80% less expensive annually than the nearest competitor.
Quality Management – By working directly with the end-user we can ensure the quality of the implementation. This approach has resulted in a very high level of customer satisfaction in the marketplace. And, working directly with us does not present any additional cost the end-user.
How we work together
CartSpan is not a ‘Plug-In’, ‘Extension’, or ‘Add-on’ and does not install on the Server where the shopping cart is located. It is a Windows-based desktop application that installs next to the client’s chosen accounting software; which is utilized to facilitate the import/export work. We assist directly with this part of the implementation.
Depending upon the eCommerce platform your client has selected, there is a minimal amount of work required on your part to enable the integration. If the eCommerce platform is supported by a mySQL database (most common), there are two supporting PHP scripts that need to be placed in the ‘public_html’ directory of the cart. We provide a pre-configuration checklist that details the necessary credentials that CartSpan requires to communicate with these scripts. If the eCommerce platform is supported by a MS SQL Server database, there is a PreCompiled WebService to be installed. If the client is unable to perform this task, he/she may require your services to place these scripts and/or establish database access credentials.
Our preference is to have a quick personal conversation followed-up with a CC’d introduction to your client. Whereupon we will take the lead in guiding your client to a successful integration. During this process, we promise to keep you well-informed of progress and copied on all email communications.
Please respect this deployment strategy. After multiple successful joint-implementations we will be happy to include you as one of our development partners. This listing involves no financial reciprocation and serves only as a reference to potential clients visiting this site.