It brings us great pleasure to announce that today the Team at Eclipse successfully launched the new Yale online store, built on Magento Commerce. It’s the result of some excellent work during a difficult time in the world, proving that an incredible team, dedicated to what they do, can achieve excellence, no matter the circumstances.


Yale, part of Assa Abloy, is one of the world’s oldest lock manufacturers with 180 years of history. Started by Linus Yale Jnr, the inventor of the pin tumbler lock and Henry R Towne, they created locks for safes, bank vaults, doors, windows and even for Rolls Royce. Their securities arm also develop products for fire alarm systems, burglar alarms and glass break detectors.


Starting the Journey

Earlier this year Assa Abloy UK approached Eclipse as a potential partner to work on the delivery of a new Direct to Consumer store for Yale UK. They had an existing transactional store on Open Source Magento as well as a separate brochure store, however they wanted to consolidate onto Magento Commerce and build a platform that would enable them to grow.


A Challenging Discovery

As we all know now, Coronavirus came along and proved a challenge for everyone in business. It was difficult as we had to run our full Discovery workshops entirely remotely in late March and during April. This meant bringing in technology to replace the usual face to face workshops, with the aim not to miss anything or lose any nuanced information that can be spotted when working closely with new clients.

We spent some time working out how best to approach this and realised shorter focused meetings was the way to go. Luckily, we had the opportunity to have a Mini Discovery before the pandemic took hold which allowed us to focus on core topics so we could cover what we needed to in a series of 1.5-hour Teams meetings. Never more than 3 per day to give everyone some time to escape!


Lightweight and Agile

At Eclipse, we work with agile processes and working in a now utterly remote team created challenges, but we overcame them.

Magento showed its capabilities early in the project as we had real product data and a functional website to work from very early in the process. And working closely with Yale’s Product Owner and business team meant their priorities were considered daily in planning our work.

We delivered the completed project to the agreed timescale and learnt some valuable lessons along the way.


Working with Eclipse

Our Magento practice always aims to grow and learn from every project we successfully complete, Yale is no exception. We have had the opportunity to build the foundations of an international site, with rich functionality from extensions, our own development, and collaborative design.

For anyone looking to re-platform, build a new store or upgrade from Magento 1 to Magento 2, Eclipse should be your partner of choice.

We’ve tailored a solution for everyone, no matter where the start point in the market. It’s just about picking the right one for you, then we can get together and get you accelerated toward success.

Take a look at our Magento Packages and then reach out to us. We can talk about how Eclipse can get you moving quickly and growing fast.