Consolidating data in Akeneo is an important step, but how to export it to other systems ?
To answer this core question, Akeneo is introducing the Connectors Framework.
Connectors are external modules designed to interact with third party systems like your e-commerce website, your mobile app, your ERP …. Purpose of a connector is to :
- transform incoming data into an understandable format for our API – for an import connector
- transform outgoing data from our API to the desired format – for an export connector
Once done, thanks to our framework, your connector will have access to our integrated services such as the scheduler, fields mapping, configuration screens, scope selection, …
For example, you can implement a connector to import data (products, categories, attributes) from different sources (as an ERP or CSV files) into Akeneo, and you can either implement another connector to export your product information from Akeneo to your favorite e-commerce app (Shopify, Magento, Drupal Commerce, RBS Change, …).
We will provide with our beta a CSV connector (probably the most commonly used file format for product information management) both for import and export. As we believe that a PIM has no sense without connectors we will create more in coming months (Magento and Excel are already planned).
But we also want to provide our community all the required tools to create some great connectors with any third party system systems. A full documentation will be available for the beta release and we are already working on a markeplace to enable our contributors to share their work with the rest of the world.