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Introducing Tailor Platform: Pioneering the Concept of Headless ERP

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Yo (Co-founder, Tailor)
Yo (Co-founder, Tailor)

A Headless ERP is a novel approach to Enterprise Resource Planning or any business tools to support company’s operation, decoupling backend business logic and data from the user interface. This flexibility proves especially advantageous when organizations use multiple SaaS platforms for operation management, seeking seamless system interconnectivity, and/or when bespoke business tools are required.

A Founder’s Journey into Uncharted Territory of Headless ERP

In our entrepreneurial journey, we’ve founded several companies and also done extensive consulting work for enterprises. In each venture, we found ourselves building tools to support business operations, often starting with a humble spreadsheet before progressing to internal tool development.

Yet, developing these internal tools was always a painstaking process. It not only required significant resources but also posed a conundrum — the development didn’t immediately impact revenue, but the operation couldn’t scale without it. It felt like we were constantly reinventing the wheel, building something marginally unique each time.

However, we noticed that the unique aspects of these tools were critical to each business operation — a testament to the adage that the devil is indeed in the details. These unique attributes were pivotal to our operation and could not be overlooked, yet they demanded resources that could have been deployed elsewhere.

It was this recurring theme of our journey that led us to a realization: we needed a platform that could expedite the backend development of business applications. This platform would allow businesses to maintain their unique operational structures while avoiding the burden of building from scratch.

With this vision, we decided to create Tailor, a platform designed to ease the pain we’ve felt too many times, and we hope it will do the same for countless other businesses. We’ve had the privilege of trialing our product with a select group of enterprise customers, and now we’re thrilled to open the doors to developers for a private beta.

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A Leap Beyond Traditional ERPs Towards Customization, Evolution, and Integration Amidst the SaaS Explosion

As businesses grow, managing operations on platforms like Airtable or Google Spreadsheet becomes a challenge. It’s time for an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, but which one? Many customers have tried SaaS tools or packaged ERPs like SAP, only to choose Tailor for its customizability and seamless software integration.

Tailor offers Headless ERP applications and a powerful customization platform that empowers developers to adapt and deploy tailored solutions in an instant. Our applications, defined by schema (Templates), allow developers to modify and instantly deploy to production. The GraphQL API endpoint simplifies frontend GUI development and custom SaaS integration.

Key Platform Features:

  1. Instant API Creation: Schema to API in 60 Seconds Generate custom GraphQL APIs from schema files that align with your business requirements. Access production-ready APIs with granular authorization and built-in caching.

  2. Beyond CRUD: Implement Custom Business Logic Tailor Platform exposes existing or new domain business logic in multiple ways:

    • Chained Queries: Efficiently execute business logic using GraphQL queries and mutations. Define sequences, apply data transformations, and create custom APIs.
    • Event Triggers: Capture API calls or database changes and trigger custom scripts on Tailor Platform. Schedule events like cron jobs.
    • State Machine with Authz: Simplify record states for approval workflows or automated processes with a schema-defined state machine, a record-level authorization that are tied to the state of a record, and a GraphQL API.
  3. Integrate & Unite: Merge with SaaS and Existing Systems Tailor Platform works alongside existing systems and SaaS solutions, providing seamless interaction APIs. Custom applications built on Tailor can function as subsystems within existing ERPs or as single sources of truth for other systems.

When building business software, a custom data model is the key. It accurately captures your specific needs and ensures your data stays consistent and reliable. As your business expands, your unique data model grows with it, adeptly managing increased data complexity. That’s the advantage of Tailor Platform — it’s designed to fit your business requirements precisely, providing a solution that evolves with you.

Tailor’s Proven Efficacy: Conclusion and Your Invitation to Innovate

Building business software is an intricate process, and a key to its success is a custom data model. It not only encapsulates your specific needs but also keeps your data consistent and reliable. As your business expands, so does your unique data model, efficiently managing increased data complexity. This adaptability is the cornerstone of Tailor Platform — a solution meticulously designed to align with your evolving business requirements.

Our experience with Tailor Platform includes working with enterprises generating hundreds of millions in revenue. A case in point is a company transitioning from SAP’s Sales and Distribution module to Tailor. This ongoing engagement underscores the sophistication of Tailor and its ability to handle complex business logic. With the capacity to manage tens of thousands of business transactions daily, Tailor demonstrates robust data-handling abilities.

The versatility of Tailor Platform extends to a wide range of applications. Be it a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, Supply Chain Management (SCM) system, Warehouse Management System (WMS), Human Resource Information System (HRIS), or Client Portal, Tailor empowers you to build bespoke applications tailored to your unique business needs.

Tailor Platform is far more than a quick solution for creating business applications — it’s your enabler for architecting robust, bespoke systems of record. Thanks to its schema-to-API design, integration with various subsystems, either within Tailor or from other SaaS solutions, becomes a breeze. It’s more than a tool — it’s the powerhouse that streamlines your operations, presenting you with a unified, comprehensive view of your data without the usual drain on your invaluable engineering resources. And at its core? Tailor’s customizable data modeling. This key feature ensures your system of record evolves and expands with your business, consistently matching your unique needs every step of the way.

Imagine the efficiency and control of a system that grows with you, adapting to your business’s unique needs and challenges. That’s the potential Tailor brings to your operations.

We’re thrilled to offer you the opportunity to explore this potential. We invite you to delve deeper into the functionalities of Tailor Platform, to see how it can revolutionize your business operations. Check out our Developer Documents for more insights, or better yet, experience Tailor firsthand.

If these challenges resonate with you, let’s change the game. Book a demo with us today. Witness firsthand how Tailor can transform your operations, and start the journey towards a more streamlined, efficient, and powerful business system with Tailor.