We are asked on a daily basis, from new clients and existing, if they should move to Magento 2.0. The short answer is yes, but it is important to do your homework and create a detailed plan. Below are the top things we consider when making recommendations on upgrading and replatforming to Magento 2.0.
3rd Party IntegrationsAlmost all magento projects have some kind of integration with 3rd parties for email marketing, order management, inventory, shipping, taxes, 3PL, etc. The good news is that many of those major service providers already have modules ready for Magento 2.0 including MailChimp, Bronto, ShipperHQ, ShipStation and Alavara. Contact your account manager to find out if there is a Magento 2 module and if not when they plan to release it. If there isn't a Magento 2.0 module in the works then it will need to be custom built.
Commercial ModulesLike 3rd party integrations, all projects have multiple modules. Some provide nice to have functionality that enhance UX while others are critical to the operation of your business. Whether you are evaluating moving to Magento or upgrading, we recommend taking the following approach:
- Identify the business and technical requirements
- Determine if there are existing modules that meet these requirements (Magento 1 or Magento 2).
- If something does not fit 100%, try to find a module that does 80% of the requirements – we can customize and build the other 20%
- If you need a Magento 1 module that doesn't offer a M2 version, contact the developer to find out the timeline for release
- Compare the module release/development timeline relative to the overall project timeline to ensure they align