In honor of Magento’s tenth anniversary, we asked a few members of our team to share their favorite memories over the years.
Dedric Guest, Director of Development
“My favorite Magento memory has to be building my first custom feature on the platform. It was a custom donations module that allowed customers to add a donation of any amount to their order while in the cart or on the order review step. I took the approach of treating the donation as a non-taxable fee appended to the order. Because I took that approach, I was exposed to a number of different Magento concepts like total collectors. It was the start of a great career on the platform.”
David Shuford, Head of Sales
“My favorite Magento memory was roughly five years ago when I was asked by Magento to help create a Magento U course at headquarters in Culver City. I’d been using Magento as a merchant for a long time and was excited to be able to contribute to the Magento ecosystem. The experience was amazing and helped assert my “Magento Expert” status. To this day, I’m more comfortable leading demos and answering questions because of the opportunity they gave me.”
Doug Hatcher, Applications Engineer
“My favorite memories are always from Magento site launches. There’s a ton of pressure and a hundred moving pieces, but there’s always an excitement in the air because we’re finally at the payoff point for months of work. We usually start the launch at 4 AM, and while it’s lonely at first, people slowly start to arrive. As we start getting closer to closer to having it live, the celebratory atmosphere mounts. By the time the first order is placed, our pod is basically a party! It’s far and away the most fun you can have at work!”
Ryan Barrineau, Lead Applications Engineer
“I have been a Magento developer for about four years now and I would have to say that my favorite memory was working on the Curtain Call website. I was still fairly new and was learning the idiosyncrasies of the Magento system. Doug and I spent many late nights in the office trying to figure out how to communicate, without error, to an old AS400 server. After two long weeks, we figured all the bugs out and had a smooth integration. Every person on my team helped get me through that project. Even though the work was most difficult, I learned so much and I forged a lasting friendship with my co-workers. It was a great exposure to the Magento community.”
Emily Wilhoit, Head of Business Development
“My favorite Magento memory was when we were named Partner of the year in 2015! It was great to see Kevin and Chris up on stage celebrating how far we’ve come— from helping to create the initial Magento U training materials to launching nearly 100 sites on the platform. A close second would be my first Imagine at the Hardrock when an attendee got a Magento logo tattooed on his arm— and Mark Lavelle brought him up on stage for the closing keynote. That was my first glimpse into the awesome loyalty & craziness that is the Magento community.”
Chris Guerra, CMO
“My favorite Magento moment was almost six years ago at the Partner Summit. It was my first awards ceremony. After watching one of our competitors win partner of the year, I turned to our CEO, Kevin, and told him that we would, without a doubt in my mind, be on that stage one day. Sure enough, in 2015, after plenty of blood, sweat and tears we accomplished that goal. The recognition meant the world to Blue Acorn’s Magento team and really everyone in the organization (I think Kevin even slept with the award in his bed). It was a validation of our approach to long-term relationships with our clients. Fast forward, we can say that the award helped to catapult us to the next level.”
Philip Meyer, Lead Applications Engineer
“Most of my favorite Magento memories involves customers coming to Blue Acorn for help with a struggling project or feature and taking it from dire straights to success. There are a lot of Magento developers and agencies out there, and it can be difficult for a business to decide who to trust with their eCommerce business. This can lead to projects that up front appear more cost-effective but end up not delivering a great experience in the end. An all to often undervalued facet of great Magento development is performance. Performance can have a huge impact on user experience and ultimate eCommerce success.
One example that comes to mind is a client that came to Blue Acorn with a product bundle builder that tied together all of their major product categories and allowed their loyal customers to build the product of their dreams. While the feature had a lot of potential, it suffered from a significant performance problem…it took the one-page builder nearly 5 minutes to load. After performing a detailed analysis of the code and performance profiles, we were able to cost-effectively reduce that load time by 97% without completely rearchitecting and building the feature from scratch. The client was so happy with the results that they came to Blue Acorn a year later when they were ready to do a new implementation of their site and builder.”