Deploying a marketing management platform doesn't have to be an exhaustive process. Argosy has been created from the beginning with the end in mind. For that reason we have the ability to get basic storefronts up and running in a snap. The entire process can range from a few weeks to a few months depending on the complexity of your store. You won’t be alone during the process; our project managers, account managers and administrators will help you along the way.
The first step in the process is to discuss on a high-level what the desired end results are. This is typically the longest step but good planning up front definitely makes a huge difference on the end results. In general, this encompasses discussions about:
- Who the end users of the site are and how they will access your secured storefront. Argosy has multiple methods to ease getting your users set up from bulk loads.
- Do you have groups of users that share common requirements? – For example, groups of users that can view specific products, or maybe particular groups have different payment options, etc.
- High level discussions on particular business rules needed for your organization. These range from approval workflows, budgetary constraints, available shipping methods and more.
- Finally, we need to talk about the products you want in the storefront – how you want them organized, if you want particular alerts, if they are customizable and who can order them.
Once the planning is done, the configuration is a breeze. The Argosy implementation team will import all of your users and products then they will flip the switches to ensure your business requirements are met.
If needed, Argosy will seamlessly connect and communicate with current applications or third-party applications, such as Intranets, ERP, CRM, inventory, procurement, vendor applications, and other proprietary systems.
The implementation team will run through the initial configuration and setup to ensure it’s in alignment with your end goals. After we make sure the system is running as needed, we will hand over the keys to our testing instance to you and any staff members you wish. In the testing environment you can’t make a mistake, so you can place orders, run reports and basically give it a complete test drive.
Whether you want to phase in your deployment or make a global announcement, Argosy is ready to support you. The Argosy implementation team can create “quick-start” cheat sheets for new users or host web based conferences to get your users kicked off. Typically we find that most users require no training at all because the storefront is based on common shopping sites they have already experienced.