As with last year’s visit to the premier e-commerce event Imagine, this year’s conference was also a huge success.
Magento has seen remarkable changes in recent years, which made this year’s event’s theme of “Transformation” more than appropriate. Besides scores of exhibitors representing e-commerce ISV’s, partners and other vendors, informative breakout sessions, fabulous cocktail hours and receptions, and loads of time to connect with others in the Magento community, the keynotes were not to be missed.
Magento Co-Founder and COO, Roy Rubin, spoke of the transformative effect Magento has had on e-commerce. He illustrated this point with examples of several businesses that have successfully grown their businesses through the power of Magento. And Mark Lavelle, SVP of Product and Strategy for eBay Enterprise, also outlined new and upcoming additions to the product line, including Magento EE 1.14 and CE 1.9. According to Lavelle, the Magento 2.0 timeline will see a Beta in December, and release candidate in March 2015.
Awesomely informative and inspiring breakout sessions included “Charting a Course to Global eCommerce Expansion,” that featured spokespeople from Hermes Int’l, Rackspace, and Volcom.
Finally, “Mr. Tipping Point” himself, Malcolm Gladwell, outlined three ingredients to transformation – breaking with the status quo, not listening to naysayers, and expediency.
Back in the exhibition hall, we at i95Dev were inundated with those who were curious about how the E-Commerce Growth Engine (featuring Magento) could integrate, streamline and boost clients’ sales and operations. Let’s just say the cat’s out of the bag now.
As one of the e-commerce development community’s rising stars – and an exuberant promoter of Magento as the ultimate e-commerce sales tool – i95Dev was proud to be a part of this year’s Imagine 2014. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!