Chapter 6. The Path to a Shared Platform

Key Concepts

Secure executive approval and sponsorship

Create a prototype

Create a project plan

Establish checkpoints between the phases of development

In this chapter, we discuss how a company can proceed to build the infrastructure that allows it to create and operate multiple sites on a single common platform.

As with any project, the first step is to secure executive approval and sponsorship. We described the various factors that executives must consider to determine whether a multisite commerce platform is going to be useful to the company. We now describe the various phases involved in the decision-making and development processes and how you can expect the project to evolve.

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