Words cannot express my gratitude to the amazing people I’ve worked with over the last 3 and a half years at Pixafy and Net@Work. Wish i had more pictures but I’ll always have great memories.
Fantasy appreciates the limitations of normal perception and re-imagines the human condition. It tests our belief in things that are impossible or improbable. … Plus magic is awesome.
So, here is my 21 favorite fantasy series:
- The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
- The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
- Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
- The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
- The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
- The Reconners by Brandon Sanderson
- Manazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
- Iron Druid by Kevin Herne
- Riyria Chronicles by Michael J. Sullivan
- The Cycle of Arawn by Edward W. Robertson
- The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
- Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch
- Raven’s Shadow by Anthony Ryan
- Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett
- The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
- The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks
- The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
So day 2 was a lot of fun. My goal leading into the conference was to focus my attention on learning as much as I could on three topics I thought would be interesting and helpful to my practice:
- Magento 2 vs Shopify+ – how Magento and other Solutions Providers were thinking about the benefits of each platform, what their sales positioning was, and what the long term competitive strategy might be. Also interested in listening to merchants too.
- Tools and Extensions to take a Magento 2 Implementation to the next level, particularly on the Marketing side but also performance.
- Agile practices – learn who is leading in this space in the Magento arena and what tools and practices they’re promoting
Magento 2 Enterprise Cloud Solution
We knew an announcement was coming but didn’t know precisely what it would be. During Day 2 Magento dropped the bomb that Magento would be releasing a new product called “Magento 2 Enterprise Cloud Edition”.
Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition is an optional add on package to the EE 2.0 license that includes DevOps tools, support for common services like New Relic, and a Magento supported Cloud Hosting on AWS. It will not be made available without an Enterprise 2.0 license.
— Duri Chitayat (@durichitayat) April 12, 2016
Magento was quick to clarify that Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition is a PaaS not a SaaS solution. What this mean is that Magento Cloud Edition remains open and fully customizable to distinguish itself from Shopify+ which is closed proprietary system that limits developers freedom to write custom code.
— Paul Boisvert (@ProductPaul) April 12, 2016
I think this is a good strategy for Magento. It will help put Magento on more even footing with Shopify+ when it comes to rapid development, all-inclusive packaging of the solution, and may even help solve the upgrades and patches (although I’m still a little fuzzy on how that will work).
The question that remains is how well can Magento support this product and I think most people at the conference recognized that.
Okay so the first few sessions in the books here are some of the things I’ve learned at this years Magento Imagine conference.
Magento vs Shopify+
People at the conference to are certainly leaning into this conversation. Look for an announcement today from Magento that will clarify their positioning, potentially Magento Go 2.0 (please no!) or aiming more up-market and ceeding the <1m revenue merchants to Shopify.
One of the areas I’ve wanted to key in on during Magento Imagine is the operational aspects of the agile agency.