Magento is back with another “Distributed Contribution Day” 2019

We all are aware of how fun-filled and interesting the last Distributed Contribution Day was. Well, it’s time to mark our calendars for the next.

On May 4th, 2019, Magento’s Distributed Contribution Day is going to happen in 8 different cities on the same day and at the same time. The cities witnessing this amazing event are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Pune.

Magento has come up with a great initiative this year; they have decided to donate the entire registration fee to the “Bharat Ke Veer” foundation as a token of generosity for the noble cause.

The objective of the day:

The Magento Contribution Day focuses on providing intensive workshops with Magento Community Engineering teams and giving you insight into Magento 2 development.

Organizing Companies are:

RanoSys, CedCommerce, AppseConnect, DCKAP, Netsmartz, Codilar, and Wagento.

Who can and should attend this event?

Developers, agencies, eCommerce retailers

Magento 2 enthusiasts

Why you should participate?

Magento core team members will be there to solve your coding related issues

You can contribute to Magento 2 directly

Learn about Magento’s best practices

Interact with Magento developers for open Magento 2 issues

Meet services providers, partners, and outsourcing services

Connect with prospects to find business opportunities

Present your products and/or services

What’s in it for you?

Develop feature/improvement

Do cross code reviews

Run tests and check results

Create and merge PRs

What you need to attend the meet?

Working (Up and running) Magento 2 version with develop branch, forked and pulled from GitHub

Debugger and IDE are up to you, the team uses xdebug and PHPStorm

Active GitHub account

Desire to make a contribution and have fun

Registration Link: http://meetmagento.in/

    Date: May 4th 2019

    Timing: 9AM-6PM

    Locations: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Pune.

Please Note: Limited seats available in each location so entries will be selected based on Magento Experience.

India’s Biggest Magento Event – #MM19IN, Turns Out to be a Great Hit!

In the heart of Gujarat – Ahmedabad witnessed India’s most-awaited Magento event that was held on 2nd and 3rd February. Presence of 25+ tech icons, leading brands from the world of commerce and almost 500 attendees made the event undoubtedly a huge success.

Everyone from developers to marketing professionals marked their presence, with a keen eye for the latest trends and innovations in the world of Magento.

Let us share our two-day experience from the event:

Day 1:

The first day was all about introductions, greetings, and insights to the world of Magento. Brent Peterson and Vijay Golani welcomed everyone and gave a brief overview of the event.

The event headed towards an advance brainy session where GraphQL and PWA were some of the diversified topics under discussion by various keynote speakers including Ashish Tandon, Bhagyashree Surana, SergiiIvashchenko, Sonal Puri, Miguel Balparda, Tom Karwatka, Sushma Vyas,and Ramadas Prabhakar.

Vinai Kopp gave his views on Magento caching. He explained that complexities you face while caching Magento 2 pages can easily be avoided. The learning experience was educating and interesting as well.

Every session was indeed a value addition, attendees were curious for the David Manner’s session on Magento Community engineering team and Sulagno Mukherjee’s session on Driving B2B eCommerce with Magento.

The day ended with a session from the most awaited keynotes of the day Ben Marks”. Google keynote by Saurabh Rajpal, (Mobile Technical Solutions Consultant, Google) & Magento keynote by Ben Marks (Magento Evangelist — Magento Inc.) was the most awaited sessions of the day. Attendees made the most of those sessions.

The first day concluded with an overview and some prize distribution, which was then followed by some fun time of networking and drinks. We had an amazing opportunity to meet and greet some of the leading thinkers and doers of the IT industry.

Day 2:

Day 2 was contribution day sponsored by Wagento, Two Jay, and Nexcess. As this day allowed the attendees to contribute towards the Magento Community, everyone was quite excited. Magento Community Engineering Team introduced all the attendees to Magento 2 development and gave them insights on how they can contribute to the Magento 2 core.

Attendees even got a chance to work with Magento core team architects, and contribute towards the acceleration of advancement in Magento 2. Magento U Certification exam was also organized at the venue, interested candidates even took the test and successfully cleared it.

It was awesome meeting great old friends from the Magento Community of India. We spoke about ecommerce, organic farming, coffee, drinks, pets and what not.

Smiling faces, handshakes and the eagerness to meet again were the traits we saw in each other while waving goodbye.

The Biggest Magento Conference is Happening Again – Meet Magento India 2019

It’s exciting and fulfilling for Magento experts and developers, e-commerce entrepreneurs and merchants to attend an official Magento event. After the success of last year’s event, Meet Magento India is happening again in Ahmedabad on the 2nd and 3rd of February in 2019. It is an event-series that is organized in more than 40 countries including USA, Japan, Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, and UAE and is going to take place for the 2nd time in India.

Meet Magento India is the leading eCommerce conference for Magento to meet the enthusiastic Magento community from all over the world. Merchants, developers, marketing professionals, eCommerce enthusiasts, decision makers, and online businesses participate in the event to learn about new topics through workshops, experts talk, and live experiences.

“Meet Magento India is a podium to make new contacts, talk to international professionals, learn about the trends shaping up the eCommerce industry, and understand the growth potential. With the power and capabilities of Magento, we have been developing the most innovative eCommerce solutions in this ever-changing eCommerce landscape. I was one of the speakers last time and am looking forward to meeting Magento Enthusiasts from all around India again. ”– says Vikrant Shukla, Vice President Ecommerce, Netsmartz.

Envision Ecommerce, a Netsmartz venture, is a Magento Business Solution Partner Company that has been delivering Magento Solutions since 2009.

Envision Ecommerce is listed in the Top B2B Companies on Clutch in 2018. Clutch’s sister website, the Manifest, has also recognized Envision Ecommerce as one of the Top 25 Magento Development Companies in 2018.

We have integrated over 150+ online stores with several 3rd parties and offered custom interface solutions to hundreds of ecommerce businesses. From migration to support, customization and front end development, mobile commerce and enterprise level solutions, we have the experience and know-how to tame Magento capabilities for an eCommerce business.

We are looking forward to the event ‘Meet Magento India’, and we are excited to connect and create unique strategies aiming towards the success of our digital commerce journey.

To learn more about who should attend the event, topics and workshops, key speakers, certifications, tickets and venue, head straight to this link.

The Newly Released Magento 2.3 – How Good it is than Magento 2.2?

Magento released the latest version of its world-famous ecommerce platform Magento on November 28, 2018, at the Magento Imagine conference. We know that you have been waiting for this release; since it is out now, you should be ready to use it. Magento 2.3 is now available with lots of powerful new tools and capabilities designed to enhance both merchant and developer experiences. With every update, the Magento platform is integrated with innovative features that facelift the entire ecommerce experience and bid goodbye to extension providers.

Comparing Magento 2.3 & Magento 2.2
Magento 2.3 vs. Magento 2.2
Features Magento 2.3 Magento 2.2
Progressive Web App (PWA) Yes No
GraphQL language Yes No
DB Schema Yes Yes
Asynchronous and Bulk Web API Yes No
Elasticsearch Updates (Magento 2.3 Open Source) Yes No
PHP 7.2 Yes Yes
Multi Source Inventory (MSI) Yes No
WYSIWYG TinyMCE v4 Yes Yes
Page Builder integration Yes No
Cache-Management ACL Yes Yes
Google reCAPTCHA and Two Factor Authentication Yes Yes
What does the latest platform version offer?

Magento 2.3 release has some noteworthy and significant functionality and improvements. For a merchant, the ability to manage inventory across multiple locations, accelerate fulfillment, and improve checkout performance are included in the Multi-Source Inventory. The latest release allows superior shopping experiences on both mobile and desktop devices as well as lower total cost of ownership with Progressive Web Apps. From security perspective, Magento 2 offers Two Factor Authentication and Google ReCAPTCHA tools out of the box. Page Builder, API handling, Magento Shipping, PHP 7.2 and few more features are discussed here.

Progressive Web App (PWA)

PWA is the latest front-end technology that uses modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like experience to users. PWAs are built on a JavaScript framework like React, Vue.js or AngularJS for handling data and displaying it; and communicate with a back end via (Magento 2) REST API. Key features of Magento 2.3’s PWA Studio include:

  • New tools for personalizing the content and adding local preferences.
  • Developing and managing all the channels and experiences via one code base, one deployment, and the app.
  • Innate user experience with innovative commerce and CMS theme.
  • Module component architecture to help drive opportunities for extension providers.
  • Purpose-built developer tools for faster prototyping, helpful debugging, rich feedback, and enhanced productivity.
GraphQL language

In 2015, Facebook developed and released a data query language GraphQL. Magento 2.3 implements GraphQL as an alternative API endpoint in addition to REST and SOAP. With efficient and smaller amount of data, you can make fewer API requests. This is better than traditional SOAP / REST request as it always returns all data associated with an endpoint, and needs at least one request per resource.

Declarative DB Schema

Magento 2.3 introduces Declarative Database Schema that allows developers to define database structures and changes in XML files, instead of defining with install scripts. The new release of Magento will convert the XML schema files into SQL statements and perform them.

Asynchronous and Bulk Web API
Asynchronous API in Magento 2.3 enables to process a large number of API requests asynchronously without waiting for the response from the server. It makes batch processing easier for big sites that receive daily bulk API requests i.e. inventory import, order status updated from the ERP system and more.
ElasticSearch Updates

ElasticSearch comes for Magento Open Source of Magento 2.3 users while previously reserved for Magento Commerce only. This gives merchants the opportunity to integrate powerful search capabilities in their online shops, including faceted search – filtering by attributes. ElasticSearch may transition into the default search engine in the near future. For now, Magento 2.3 will support the latest Elasticsearch v5.

PHP 7.2

Magento 2.3 comes with support for PHP 7.2. This allows Magento 2.3 stores to stay on top of the latest supported technologies. PHP 7.2 will bring new development features; enhance performance and security in Magento 2.3. PHP 7.2 removes PHP encryption module ‘mcrypt’. Magento 2.3.x migrates from mcrypt to libsodium for password hashing.

Multi Source Inventory (MSI)

One vital improvement introduced in Magento 2.3 (that you must know) is Multi Source Inventory (MSI). All inventory sources are managed with MSI, without any third-party extensions or platforms. This functionality enables stock management in multiple locations so that merchants can properly reflect their physical warehouses in Magento 2.3 system for fulfillment.

WYSIWYG Upgrade

The WYSIWYG editor (or TinyMCE) is upgraded from version 3 to version 4 in Magento 2.3. It allows a highly customizable WYSIWYG: Widgets, variables, and media gallery are implemented as plugins and can be defined globally or on per shop instance.

Page Builder

Finally, we have CMS feature on this no-user-friendly platform. In Magento 2.3, the requested Page Builder is added. The Page Builder function enables merchants to create customized pages without having to write code. In fact, this function is the integration of the current simple drag-and-drop interface based on the revised Bluefoot CMS extension. If you haven’t known yet, Bluefoot is bought by Magento.

Cache Management ACL

Granular cache management ACL is an additional useful improvement in Magento 2.3. You can control which user can view and delete the Magento caches. This feature is useful when you have new team members who might need some time to interact with the system cache. Under these circumstances, you can control that a given team member can perform what level of Cache management.

Google reCAPTCHA and Two Factor Authentication

Magento 2.3 incorporates reCAPTCHA, a free Google service that protects your website login, register, contact form pages from spam and abuse. Google reCAPTCHA does not solely prompt shoppers to check a box to prove that they are not a robot before they complete a task. Rather it uses advanced risk analysis techniques, evaluates a broad range of cues that distinguish humans from bots. Notice that this is only included in reCAPTCHA v3.

The table here shows the availability of the latest version on Magento 2.3 and the source from where you can get it.
Product Availability How to get it
Magento Open Source 2.3.0 GA Available now Composer
Magento Commerce 2.3.0 GA Available now Composer

For partners and existing customers only

Magento Commerce Cloud Tools (aka ECE-Tools) Available now Composer
PWA Studio Available now as an open source initiative.

Commerce Cloud deployment planned in early 2019. Regular releases independent of Magento will extend basic Venia PWA storefront and Studio development tools. Current roadmap updated here.

Documentation and GitHub
Magento Payments Early access open for US-based merchants

Regional availability expected in Q1 2019

Request access

Self-service onboarding from Magento.com

Magento Shipping Available now Merchants on Magento 2.2.2+ can use the onboarding process
Page Builder Available now for early adopters

General availability expected in early 2019

Bundled with Magento Commerce 2.3.x
Amazon Sales Channel Early access closed

Regional availability expected in first half of 2019 (US, Canada, Mexico, Australia)

Global availability expected in second half of 2019

N/A

Magento Marketplace

Google Ad Channel Early access TBD
General availability expected in first half of 2019
TBD

Magento Marketplace

The above-listed points are just meant for giving you some idea about the enhancements in the latest Magento 2.3 release. For more information about everything that’s new in Magento 2.3 or if you want to migrate to 2.3, get in touch with a Magento-certified expert. With the new set of powerful tools, we develop a platform that will take your online business to new heights.

(Source: https://blog.magestore.com/magento-2-3/)

Introducing Magento Payments

The e-commerce industry has evolved tremendously over the last decade. Developers, as well as retailers, are leaving no stone unturned to make online shopping more convenient, offer multiple secure ways to submit payments, and deliver a great experience to customers. Even payment processing has changed, and many e-commerce portals are allowing customers to pay for their purchases through mobile payments, digital wallets, and international payment options.

For sellers, integrating multiple payment options means a complex process of functioning on different technologies. It requires service providers to support every transaction, including merchant banks, payment gateways, issuing banks, payment processors, and fraud management tools. No matter how intricate it is, the dynamic nature of payment processing will always be imperative for e-commerce businesses.

To counter these challenges and make everything related to or surrounding payments less complicated, Magento has introduced Magento Payments. After looking for feedback from worldwide sellers and customers, Magento Payments is designed to improve conversions while reducing the operational complexities of running an online business. Magento Payments will be available in the Q1 of 2019; however, an Early Access Program is giving many exclusive access of Magento Payments before it is released to the public.

How Magento Payments Will Improve Conversions

Magento Payments makes use of the technology behind Braintree and PayPal to allow sellers to offer different payment options, including local and region-specific, thereby increasing conversions and suppressing the hurdles that pop up while completing an online sale.

Better Cash Flow Management

A highly productive feature integrated within Magento Payments is the Cash Flow Manager. The Cash Flow Manager automatically synchronizes payments and order details within the Magento Admin, providing full transparency on processed volumes, payment balance, and reporting on transaction level details for financial reconciliation. This eliminates manual data mapping between systems and the potential errors that come with it.

Fraud Guarantee

After so many data breaches within the last few years, buyers tend to prefer security over convenience while shopping online. The risk management capabilities of Magento Payments is backed by an industry-leading Fraud Guarantee that does not put any liability on the seller. Fraudulent chargebacks, dispute management, complete transparency, and comprehensive financial reporting are the USPs of Magento Payments.

Easy Integration

Just a couple of hours after Magento Payments is integrated, a seller can start taking payments. Magento brings ease in operations, enhances buyer’s experiences, and helps sellers focus on growing their business.

This is what Magento has recently said. We will have to wait and see how it helps e-commerce businesses after it is launched and implemented on every Magento Commerce platform.

( News source: https://magento.com/blog/magento-news/magento-introduces-magento-payments )

“Will Continue to Support Magento 1 until June 2020”, said Magento

Magento Commerce 2 is already a big hit. But what about those who have their business still on Magento 1. Well, Joe Ayyoub, Director of Support Operations at Magento revealed the support plan around Magento 1 on September 6, 2018.

He said “We understand that many of our Magento 1 merchants need additional time to make the transition to newer versions of Magento. To that end, our software support policies ensure that those customers have the time and confidence to upgrade when it is right for their business”.

Enterprise Edition a.k.a Magento Commerce 1

Online businesses that are still running on Magento Commerce 1 will be provided software support until June 2020. For users and the version of Magento they use, software support may include both quality fixes and security patches. To understand how Magento Commerce 1 will be supported, one can find everything at the Magento Software Lifecycle Policy.

Community Edition a.k.a. Magento Open Source 1

eCommerce portals developed with Magento Open Source 1 will be getting all the necessary software security patches until June 2020 thereby ensuring the ecommerce websites remain secure and compliant. To learn what all is included in the Magento Open Source Software Maintenance Policy, read the Legal Terms page of Magento. It will help to understand which versions of Magento Open Source 1 will be receiving continuous software security maintenance. 

Joe Ayyoub clarified that –“Magento software support and/or security maintenance will apply only to Magento software and does not apply to third-party extensions or customizations. Which means the maintenance of extensions, customization or other modifications to the Magento codebase, including compliance with security and privacy standards (PCI, SOC, ISO, etc.), will be the responsibility of the business using these versions of Magento”.

For those still on the older versions of Magento, this is the time to think about to upgrade to Magento Commerce 2. Why? Because of the benefits it brings to the table for merchants as well as customers. It delivers excellent scalable cloud-hosted performance, no more technical glitches or bottlenecks in creating, scheduling, and launching online range of products and services and giving intelligent capabilities to the businesses. The new version of Magento is also popular for its ultimate flexibility that allows global community of partners and developers to deliver virtually any commerce experience in record time and at a superior total cost of ownership.

As of now, Magento Commerce 2 has more than 2,000 available extensions. There are new features launching quarterly (version 2.3 is on the way), and over 8,000 new quarterly Magento 2 site launching on top of 30,000 existing Magento 2 sites.

This is the time when Magento Commerce 1 businesses should reach out to their development partners and start planning for the upgrade as soon as possible.

Will GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) Effect the Way eCommerce Business is Done?

Not everything that happens in the world of technology and data acquisition is meant only for geeks; at times there’s something for the end users as well. To find out what benefits this bonding would bring, let’s first do a bit of a flashback.

For the past year and a half, there’s so much going around GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation, which is the most comprehensive data privacy law to date. The European Union’s GDPR, a data protection law that passed in the EU Parliament in 2016 and which came in to force on May 25, 2018, aims to facilitate the rights of individuals to own their own data and any business handling that data must keep it secure.

The General Data Protection Regulation will mandate any company in the European Union and well as those who do business inside the EU, to adhere with strict new rules regarding the collection, storage and use of customer data. This includes all forms of customer data, such as pictures, social media posts, IP addresses, bank details, consumer history, and any numbers like an SSN, that relates to the identity of a customer. The step is to safeguard consumers from companies that may misuse their data and to help them allow and manage their data for only its intended use.

If we take a look at the impact of GDPR on eCommerce, it will cause significant change because eCommerce runs on customer data accessible on CRM, EDM, PoS and BPA systems and companies use of that data as per the needs of their business. The GDPR will now apply to all such data that is being channelized for marketing, sales, HR, and accounting purposes. In simple words, any form of digital data that is stored or processed will fall under the new regulation and eCommerce businesses will need to comply with it.

Once implemented across all the verticals of business domains, the GDPR will empower the EU consumer to be the all-encompassing owner of their data and allow them to review, adjust, erase, and restrict the processing of their data. The consumer has to make an online request to the eCommerce company and the company will have to close the request in no longer than a months’ time. In addition, if there is a need to delete any copies of personal data that is public, the companies are required to initiate a request to organizations, like Google who has already set up a process to speed things the requests.

eCommerce businesses cannot afford to make mistakes since there is so much at stake. Any infringement will attract fines of up to €20 million, or 4% of their annual revenue. Data must be stored securely and eCommerce businesses that store data using third-party software applications are solely responsible for the encryption and back up rules while protecting their customer data.

However, for eCommerce companies utilizing the cloud for data storage and access, the transition can be easy. For bigger players, significant resources will be required to become fully compliant with the regulation. The companies that rely on in-house servers or customized software solutions will require a team to assess the risks, test measures and follow processes to protect data from input to deletion.

According to the terms mentioned in the GDPR, every eCommerce company is considered the Data Controller who is responsible for the collection and safe storage of their customer data. The Data Controller will also be able to gain consent from customers and visitors to use their data in a GDPR compliant way.

To make sure that the business is fully compliant with the regulations, the company can recruit a Data Protection Officer (DPO), integrate advanced privacy tools, evaluate data security systems, train the staff, and hire services from a third-party provider who is GDPR complaint.

If you are in an eCommerce business and serve customers in the European Union, you may now need to be concerned if your business in not GDPR compliant. We know that GDPR is giving many of us sleepless nights and a run for our money, but it is for a better future of dealing with data securely.

Adobe Acquires Magento – What does community say?

Magento announced that Adobe has agreed to acquire Magento Commerce at 1.68 Billion Dollars in Q3. As soon as the news was out, we could see lots of discussions started amongst the Magento Community. Some were super excited whereas some had their own apprehensions around how this association will go ahead, what will be the impact of this on the Opensource Community that is an acronym of Magento, how will it impact the hosting and other businesses and lot more questions.

Our own Vikrant Shukla collaborated with some of the well-known Magento Community thought leaders to get their immediate view on this news. Listed below are some of them.

TJ Gamble

Ecommerce-Aholic, CEO of Jamersan

“I don’t think that Open Source Magento is going anywhere. Right now, the only thing to do is to calm down and take a wait-and-see approach. Adobe knows what Magento is and how important the Community is to the ecosystem. However, they obviously have big plans and bring a new level of resources to the table. I expect the feature difference between the Enterprise and Open Source versions of the platform to continue to diverge at an accelerated pace. However, we’ve been seeing that for some time from Magento.”

Talesh Seeparsan

Founder at Bit 79, Magento consultant and Speaker

“Pushing hard for the level of openness Magento currently has with the community shouldn’t have been necessary for a company like Magento, but it is what happened under Ebay to everyone’s benefit. I guess I still carry around the uncertainty from those first days when eBay acquired Magento and therefore my initial reaction has apprehensions about Open Source future of Magento and its Community. It’s important that the Adobe crew understand that they’re bringing on a project with a passionate open source community and it took significant effort to regain their trust.”

Vinai

Magento Trainer, Developer, Consultant and Author

“As a techie, I don’t have the business smarts that many of the other people in the community have. But I do believe the Magento and Adobe leadership want to keep the open source aspect alive and foster it. The question is, will they be able to pull that off. If Jason Woosley and some of the other CommEng folks stay around in influential positions I’m hopeful things will be good! “

Allan MacGregor

CTO at Browze

“Overall, I think there are many positives to the acquisition by Adobe, and it will push Magento towards the larger enterprise and B2B clients, that said it would be naive to think that there won’t be change in the community and the ecosystem, and we will like to see some companies (Hosting providers, Solutions Integrators and smaller extensions developers) disappear. As a community we need to keep Magento and know Adobe accountable and committed towards the opensource aspect of the platform, for more detailed thoughts check this post “

Mohan Natarajan

Head of Extensions and Magento Training Head at DCKAP

“The news came out of nowhere and it was rather shocking. It’s about Adobe acquiring Magento from a private equity firm, Permira. If you ask my opinion about this, I’d say “It’s indeed a Great news”. It’s a Win-Win for both Adobe and Magento. The aftermath of the acquisition will be a great opportunity for merchants, partners, and developers let alone the whole Magento ecosystem. Adobe has exemplary experience in content creation, multimedia, and many other cloud services. Now it’s joined with Magento to bring a greater digital ecommerce experience to the user. I wonder what’s on Adobe’s plate for Magento and millions of its users. Looking forward to seeing Magento’s growth along with Adobe.”

Kirill Morozov

Technical Architect / Magento Core Contributor

“The design will become much better, complexity will stay the same or even become more complex. One more wave of changes, like with eBay acquisition. Won’t be easy to harness opensource rebels, who write code. “

Karthik Chidambaram

Founder & CEO at DCKAP

“News of this sort was bound to happen, we just didn’t know who and when this would take place. A lot of companies have built successful businesses with Magento. Those who are a part of the ecosystem have learned a lot working with Magento and its team! This acquisition could help the agencies and technology partners associated with Magento up their game and reach an even larger ecosystem with Adobe.”

Jamie Huskisson

CEO at JH (Magento eCommerce Solution Partner)

“For me, this is an incredibly exciting time for Magento. Adobe provides an almost bottomless amount of cash for Magento to compete in the market, they have a wonderful expansive amount of complementary technologies to be integrated in the future and I see nothing but positive news for any Magento Commerce customers. More importantly: Adobe brings a design community to Magento to complement the wonderful array of technical talent. Together, with great leadership, this can only be a fantastic future.”

Rafael Corrêa Gomes

Magento Master, Lead Software Engineer, Imagination Media LLC

“I’m excited about this news, seems like the future of Magento Commerce and Adobe Experience Cloud will be even better with all their strengths. This news does not seem so good for the technology partners as it’s for solution partners and for the community, it’s because we still are not sure how Adobe will take them. Anyway, for sure this will be something that will expand the market share of both Adobe and Magento. About Magento Opensource, I believe that it will exist, Adobe recognized it strength and probably we will have many native integrations with the Adobe’s SaaS services together with the technology partners. Let’s hope for the best, cross our fingers and continue the work.”

Bharat Sharma

Entrepreneur, B2B Enterprise level Digital Commerce & Content solution provider

“The more I think about the acquisition the more I feel that this is a step in the right direction, however, it is important that Adobe keeps the incredible aspects of Magento that has made the platform so impactful. It will help us to bring a better digital transformation solution to our clients and it will bring our business to the next level.

Huge congratulations to the Magento leadership team, and of course the wider Magento team who have been on a phenomenal growth journey since the Ebay spinout. One key success factor will be how that team continues to have a voice in Commerce platform decision making in Magento.

Finally, we are hugely excited about the mention of B2B as the move into this space for both Magento and now Adobe is a huge platform for growth in a new wave of Commerce software.”

Vijay Golani

Magento U Authorised Trainer, VP Of Development at Wagento

“For me, there is one saying, “Whatever Happens, Happens For Good”. I would say this new deal will give an extra push to the mission of Magento and that will now compete with other eCommerce tools available in Market. People are worried about Magneto Open Source and Magento community, but I can see that from the date when they announced, many tweets and blog posts by Adobe saying about how they will respect Magento Open Source and Magento Community. In one of the tweet, they said 10,000 years long run for Magento Open Source :).”

Rebecca Brocton

Lead eCommerce Solution Specialist at JH. Public Speaker & Vlogger.

“Adobe acquired Magento. If we really think about it, are we that surprised?

With their Experience Cloud, Adobe wants to be the “one-stop shop” for everything a business needs to deliver amazing customer experiences. The problem? They didn’t actually have the “shop” bit. When you look at the past moves made by competitors (Salesforce acquiring Demandware, SAP acquiring Hybris and Oracle acquiring ATG) it was clear to see what would be Adobes next action. They needed commerce, and where would we point anyone who came to us needing commerce? To Magento, of course.

Nobody can say what the future will hold for the company and the platform, but they have promised that Magento Open Source and the commitment shown to the Magento community recently is not going anywhere. Right now, all we can do is believe them and keep being the open, positive and passionate Magento community that we have always been.”

Brent W. Peterson

Chief Magento Evangelist at Wagento

“I am hoping we haven’t come full circle and I am very optimistic about the future of Magento. The language is again “Things won’t change”. Will we see the Adobe Imagine conference next year? Or simply “Imagine Commerce”? What I am hoping for is a combined community of Adobe + Magento.” Read more here

Muliadi Jeo

Owner of ICUBE inc

“Of course, time will tell, we are excited but at the same time, we will continue to monitor the progress as it unfolds. My personal hope is that Adobe would have learned from the past when it took over Macromedia, and this merger would not become like that (read: what happened to ColdFusion, Flash, etc). In the meanwhile, we are with high hope that this will brings us all to the greater next level. Looking forward to this marriage. Congratulations once again to Magento and Adobe.” Read more here

We will be updating this list as we get more reviews from few other thought leaders. Please feel free to send a tweet to Vikrant Shukla (@vikrantshukla).

10 Glorious Years of Magento

August 31, 2007 witnessed a breakthrough in technology – The official launch of first ever beta version of Magento, an open-source e-commerce platform. After 7 months, Varien Inc. released the first stable version 1.0 of Magento on March 31, 2008. This was the birth of one of the most powerful ecommerce platform that will take on the world of ecommerce in times to come. Today, on it’s 10th Year Anniversary, we are very proud and happy to see how it has grown over all these years. Our vision about Magento was right.

Magento has come a long way since its first stable version release. It has seen many new milestones like the launch of Magento Enterprise, Magento Go, Magento Professional Edition and lot more has happened with it during this phase. It was acquired by eBay and it later became an independent company with more power. Today, Magento is leading the ecommerce space with over 26% of global ecommerce space. With its latest offerings like Magento Opensource, Magento Commerce, Magento Cloud, Magento BI, Magento Order Management and lot more, the journey to capture the remaining ecommerce space seems to have just begun.

Since its inception, number of features and capabilities were rolled out to provide new ways to heighten user engagement, smooth navigation, improve conversion rates and overall revenue generation for storeowners. Magento empowers thousands of retailers and brands with the best e-commerce platform and flexible cloud solutions to rapidly innovate and grow. The release of Magento 2.2 in Nov 2017 made it easy for Magento to write new stories in its path to global dominance.

In 2017, Gartner’s report assessed 21 e-commerce platform providers to create a thoughtful evaluation of top digital commerce vendors in a growing market. Magento Commerce, the worldwide leader in digital commerce innovation cloud was recognized as a Leader by Gartner Inc. in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce. Based on its increasingly growing and flexible commerce platform that is used in many verticals and by companies of various sizes across many countries, Magento emerged as winner in providing unique ability to the customers with the agility and scalability they need to grow their businesses, respond to shifting marketing demands, and maintain a low total cost-of-ownership.

Envision Ecommerce, a Netsmartz Company, was recognized among the Top 20 Most Promising Ecommerce Consultants in 2017 and is a Magento Business Solution Partner. We take pride in the fact that we have been working on Magento since its inception. We are a proud team of 50+ Magento developers and one of the biggest Magento Delivery house of North India.

The other best part of Magento is the strong community that it has. Magento is all about giving away, here the community believes to share the knowledge and help others which is one major reason why Magento has seen such a rapid growth in past years. We take pride in contributing our part in doing so.

In quest of growing the community further in TriCity Region, SEBIZ, in association with Envision Ecommerce, Magento Business Solution Partner (a Netsmartz Company) organized the “First Official Magento Meetup in Chandigarh“. The meet up was aimed to grow the awareness about Magento Enterprise Versions along with the aim to grow Magento Community in the region. The event was officially attended by representative from Magento, Mr. Anand Natarajan.

The path to global dominance has just begun for Magento. We can see how Magento is now focusing on emerging market and investing a lot. Magento Commerce is a very powerful tool, which solves real life problems with Commerce making Magento Installation one of the hardest working employee for its vendor.

We at Envision Ecommerce are determined to grow strong with this growth of Magento and wish Magento a very Happy 10th Anniversary of the first Stable Release. We love your innovation Magento and as a Solution Partner are determined to be part of your growth.

 

First Official Magento Meetup in Chandigarh

Magento Commerce is the leading provider of cloud commerce innovation to merchants and brands across B2C and B2B industries, with more than $124 billion in gross merchandise volume transacted on the platform annually. Magento Commerce is the #1 provider to the Internet Retailer Top 1000, the B2B 300 and the Top 500 Guides for Europe and Latin America. Magento Commerce is supported by a vast global network of solution and technology partners, a highly active global developer community and the largest ecommerce marketplace for extensions available.

In quest of growing the community further in TriCity Region, SEBIZ, in association with Envision Ecommerce, Magento Business Solution Partner (a Netsmartz Company) is proudly presenting you, “First Official Magento Meetup in Chandigarh”. The meetup aim to grow the awareness about Magento Enterprise Versions along with the aim to grow Magento Community in our region. The event is being officially attended by representative from Magento, Mr. Anand Natarajan. Anand is Enterprise Sales Executive – India/South Asia at Magento Commerce. He will be sharing his views on “Enterprise Ecommerce Landscape in India – Opportunities for Ecommerce experts and technology professionals”. This is going to be a great session to attend for the Leaders from different IT Companies around the region.

The second speaker for the day is going to be our own Mr. Vikrant Shukla, who will be speaking about Magento Migration and why it is needed.

The tickets for the event can be booked from here. The details about the meetup is also posted on Official Magento Meetup Group Chandigarh. We welcome you to grab your tickets at earliest. Come be part of something extraordinary and witness the growth of Magento in Chandigarh.