Today we talk to Natallia Kukuruzina, a new aheadWorks CEO, who brings new approaches to the development of our products and company as a whole.
AHEADWORKS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering.
Natallia Kukuruzina is a highly-experienced strategic manager working for 10 years in IT mainly focusing on foreign contractors and early project launches. Natallia possesses vast experience in team building, process establishing, and business administration.
aW: Hi, Natallia! Do you mind answering a few questions about the future of aheadWorks, the prospects of Magento 2, and the market in general?
Natallia: Sure! I’ll be glad to take this chance to talk to our customers and share our plans for the future.
aW: Great! Let’s start with an introduction then.
Natallia: Well, I’m an involved person, I love working with other people, I enjoy my work and I welcome challenges. (smiling…) I’ve been an aheadWorks CMO for over a year now and today I’m excited to join the company as a CEO. I’m extremely intrigued with the Magento 2 platform and new opportunities it promises.
Our primary task is to provide early adopters with must-have tools and ensure quick and smooth uptake of the new technology.
aW: Welcome aboard! And, since you mentioned it, let’s focus on Magento 2 for a minute. What are your expectations for the platform and how does it affect aheadWorks? Scared? Excited?
Natallia: A little bit of both, naturally. But, it’s worth mentioning that we came prepared for Magento 2. By the time it launched we already had 5 fully tested extensions in our M2 portfolio which are available for the purchase now and we are planning to expand it by a few more before the year runs out. So, for now, our primary task is to provide early adopters with must-have tools and ensure quick and smooth uptake of the new technology.
As to the platform itself, I expect great things. Magento 2 is extremely powerful, compared to the first version it provides store owners with many more e-commerce opportunities. Recent innovations have streamlined the checkout process, created wider SEO opportunities, offered improved admin grid, better PCI compliance, and much more.
As an extension provider, our job is to embrace these changes and find a way to take them a step further. We look carefully at new opportunities, at needs of our clients, and we find ways to add value to their business.
We already have 5 fully tested extensions in our Magento 2 portfolio.
aW: Are you planning any changes in your business strategy and product development process with the advent of Magento 2?
Natallia:Yes, it’s inevitable. We currently stand on the edge of new era, when previous approaches are no longer applicable, while the new ones are not yet entirely formed. And I’m not just talking about the code, the whole ecosystem is about to change.