For companies that aren’t able to move their entire technology stack onto Salesforce in one fell swoop, leveraging “connectors” (i.e. pre-built integrations) is the next best approach. Especially if you are looking at a phased implementation to migrate completely onto Salesforce over the course of a year. Industry insiders, Salesforce Ben, wrote an interesting article about 5 Different Salesforce Connectors to help customers get even more value out of the platform. It dawned on us that some Salesforce customers might not be aware of Ascent pre-built integrations and connectors that enable Operations 360 on Salesforce. Read on to learn more!
Get Connected with Salesforce ERP Integrations
What do “connector” companies look like? The spectrum is rather wide—a small business that spent years building a Shopify storefront and has QuickBooks accounting. A rapidly growing mid-market company with a monolithic enterprise resource planning (ERP) system like SAP making a strategy change and must be careful porting over data to a new technology provider. At Ascent Solutions, we’ve built cloud ERP solutions on Salesforce for over fifteen years, so B2B, B2C, and B2B2C Salesforce customers are able to improve inventory control, order management, customer service, reverse logistics, and warehouse operations, all completely on Salesforce. We understand, along with Ascent Certified Partners, that customer requirements can be complex and require unique solutions, especially in the short term.
Ascent Solutions Integrations for Salesforce
That’s why we’ve built Ascent Solutions Extension Packages and Connectors to complement Ascent Salesforce native applications, which facilitate the integration to and from platform products. Examples of Ascent integrations can be seen here with more details below:
E-commerce integrations help Salesforce customers connect a digital storefront for inventory with customer and operational data for a 360 degree view of customers AND inventory. Examples include:
Ascent E-commerce Integrations: connect existing e-commerce applications like Shopify, Magento, WooCommerce, Amazon, and eBay.
Shipping, Tax, and Payment Processing Integrations: connect payments, taxes and shipping operations with integrations for Kulturra, AvaTax, and Bringg (previously Zenkraft).
Financial integrations help Salesforce customers connect back office financials with front office CRM. Improve procurement, purchase orders, and vendor management. Examples include:
Ascent Financial Package (AFP): an “agnostic” approach to integrate with other Financial Systems including, but not limited to QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Online, Xero, Accounting Seed, NetSuite, Oracle, SAP, Sage and Great Plains.
Ascent Accounting Integrations: connect to the major accounting vendors QuickBooks Online, Xero, Accounting Seed, NetSuite, and Sage Intaact.
We also provide complementary solutions called Apps 360 that are more “lightweight” applications, such as Ascent IM, Ascent OM, and Ascent IOM. These pre-vetted apps have passed Salesforce security review and are great options when you don’t have heavy-lift ERP requirements.
Real World Example: Cars LLC Ascent eBay Connector
Cars LLC (www.OldBuickParts.com) is a great example of what this looks like in the real world. When the founder of Cars LLC retired from the business, his son Logan, took over leadership and began a search for technology to help scale with its customer growth. While QuickBooks was used for basic accounting, the company needed a way to better manage sales orders and have real time inventory control capability, including returns and PO management. This led Cars LLC to select Salesforce and Ascent Solutions to provide a complete end-to-end cloud solution on the platform.
Ascent Solutions certified partner Aethon Consulting built an eBay connector for Ascent in Salesforce. Cars LLC uses the Ascent eBay Connector capability with Ascent Master Planner to create purchase orders and add inventory items to better manage eBay orders and maintain parts in stock. The new system provides a connected front and back office for a better sales process and improved customer experience. Information is also saved more accurately now and the company has freed up 8 hours per employee per week to work on other critical activities for the business.