I am looking for accounting software that has a good API and can handle thousands of online internet transactions per day in an automated way
The brief is a bit vague bru, TurboCASH is open source and sits on the top of the Firebird SQL database, we run users whht thousands of transactions per day. No problem.
What are you trying to do?
Presumably you already have an eCommenrce site up and running. Do you mind telling us what it is based on, e.g. Magento.
I would suggest you consider the following in your research. Bear in mind these are generalisations as there seems to be as many webcarts as there are websites.
1. If you are using one of the 'free' carts and relying on their API, you might find the specification a bit 'fluid'. I have spoken to a software house that has tried integrating with one of the leading 'free' systems. They have to revisit integration frequently due to undocumented changes in upgrades.
2. Web carts tend to be developed as free standing systems. Those with user communities will encourage add-ons and you will find people developing facilties to deliver different types of transactions or sales. e.g. Gift certificates, BOGOFs. How is your back end going to handle these transactions? Can it support all of the types that are used presently? Your customer will not he happy if they want to use a facility on the cart that cannot be handled by the backend accounting system. I have this very problem at the moment.
3. One option, assuming you do not already have a cart, is to consider a solution that has its own integrated cart. The integration will be very tight, but the ongoing development of your cart will be tied into the overall strategy for the accounting system. e.g. You might find the accounting system does not handle gift certificates and is not available on the cart.
I have looked at and worked wth a product from a company called Interprise Solutions that has a fully integrated cart and very functional accounting and distribution system. They also have links to Amazon and Magento. You should take a look at it.
Take a look at Twinfield. One of our UK customers is Serenata Flowers, the largest online reseller of flowers in the UK. They integrated their web shop in to Twinfield's web service. By using the web services (which are based on SOAP and XML), any type of data process within Twinfield can be securely accessed by external systems in order to send or receive data. Import/export paths are also provided for classic file formats such Microsoft Excel or comma separated files if you need s less sophisticated approach. Twinfield can cope with substantial transaction rates, being used in a lot of retail and franchise environements (like McDonalds or the Phone House). It would be good to know more about what you want to do. Please make contact and I'll see if I can find a Twinfield customer doing something similar. Case study on Serenata here.
D2C and Twinfield
Aqilla is a highly scaleable transactional web based accounting system. Super fast performance supported running on top of Oracle's MySQL relational database. More details at www.aqilla.com
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