RBTE (The Retail Business Technology Expo) is an annual event that takes place at London’s Olympia in early May. Limesharp have been attending for a number of years and 2017’s edition was no different. We love going to RBTE to catch up with our fellow Magento enthusiasts at the Magento Pavillion, check out the fast and furious world of omnichannel technology and boost our creative juices with a walk around the retail design & signage portion of the show. The free drinks help, of course!
This year we attended to see our friends at Ebizmarts POS and Katy Wilson who is the Magento Channel Development Manager for the UK, Scandinavia and South Africa.
We were greeted at the Ebizmarts POS stall by the great team of Alice Tonks and Phil Krouse who work for the UK arm of Ebizmarts. As you may have seen in our interview with UK Managing Director, John Fitchett, we love Ebizmarts and have been working with them for over eight years. It’s always good to catch up with them as it seems like every time we see them there’s a brand new feature for them to show us! This time around we spoke about their partnership with the new Magento Commerce Order Management (MCOM) which will be available for Magento 2 Enterprise in the next release. The ebizmarts team is currently working closely with the Magento Commerce Order Management team to provide the in-store POS solution for merchants looking to take advantage of Magento's new order management product. MCOM is a modular, cloud based platform designed to provide centralised inventory, order and fulfilment capabilities that enable any commerce business to deliver a consistent, low friction omnichannel experience to the customer. The service enables stock levels per stores to be visible to online shoppers, leading to increased sales with flexible fulfilment options such as ship-from-store, ship-to-store and buy-online-pick-up in-store. Ebizmarts, like us, have started blogging and you can follow them for all the latest updates on Medium.
Following from Ebizmarts, we spoke to Katy Wilson who is the Magento Channel Development Manager for the UK, Scandinavia and South Africa. We’ve worked with Katy for a number of years from her days at Paypal and we’re delighted that she’s been involved in the Magento community for over a year now. With the release of Magento 2 and Limesharp already developing a number of a Magento 2 sites, we were interested to see what features were planned for the future and most importantly for our developers, when the certifications would be available. To answer the most important question for our developers, and all of the the developers reading this right now, Magento 2 certification should be available in Q3 this year at this moment in time. It’s looking like July onwards you’ll be able to be Magneto certified meaning it’s probably worth catching up with Magento University's courses on M2.
We spoke about the main differences between Magento 2 Community and Enterprise which will start to ramp up with the release of Magento 2.2 in the next few months. Magento 2.2 Enterprise will have a number of new features that look very exciting, including Bluefoot’s CMS integration which will provide drag and drop CMS support, content staging allowing for hidden editing/previewing and scheduling changes, visual drag and drop merchandising, an RMA system and lots of functionality around customer loyalty and gifting. There’s certainly a lot to look forward to with the release of Magento 2.2 and we’re very excited to get our hands on it.
Another successful year at RBTE and we’re sure many more will follow.