The Imagine conference is one of the most awaited events of the year in the Magento community. Attendees spend all year preparing, and the event always lives up to the hype.
This year’s theme was “We are Magento,” a particularly poignant choice considering this was the first Imagine conference since Magento separated from eBay Enterprise and once again became an independent company.
A big focus of Imagine this year was Magento 2.0. Jonathan Tran from Shipwire provided some Magento 2.0 facts in his review of the conference, including:
- There are over 800 live Magento 2.0 stores
- Magento 2.0, both Community and Enterprise, has been downloaded more than 228,000 times
- There are more than 100 Magento 2.0 Trained Partners, including our very own Briteskies team!
An upcoming 2.1 release was also announced and will include features like staging and B2B functionalities. It should be available in late June or early July.
As attendees have come to expect, a major new product was announced at Imagine. Starting this month, Magento will offer Enterprise Cloud to Magento 2.0 merchants. As Vanja Bunjevac described, Enterprise Cloud Edition will be a platform-as-a-service that will “provide custom Magento 2 Enterprise deployment combined with the benefits of SaaS solutions like automatic software updates and patches.”
Six-time Imagine attendee Ryan Thompson said of the Cloud offering: “This closes an obvious gap Magento has faced historically and shows that the company is continuing to innovate and listen to customers.”
The launch of Magento Marketplace is another example of how Magento has listened to its customers and invested in the community. The new Marketplace ensures the quality of third-party Magento extensions.
If you weren’t able to attend this year, don’t miss the presentations that Magento has made available online. And be sure to check out the #MagentoImagine feed on twitter to see what attendees had to say.
Are you interested in becoming Magento 2.0 certified? Find out how to survive the certification process here.