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Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition Market Perspectives

Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition was first announced during Magento Imagine in April 2016 and since than it was heavily discussed and reviewed.

The technology stack and capabilities were unveiled by Magento itself and multiple community members. Besides, Magento provided us with the detailed technical documentation on deployment and usage just immediately after the release.

Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition Market Perspectives

So, six month later we are examining its current position within the specific market segment of Enterprise PaaS and SaaS solutions.

Provided Benefits

The main idea behind Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition is to create a product combining the flexibility of cloud solutions without multitenancy constraints. Traditional SaaS product innovations mostly depend on the providers’ initiatives and can hardly be driven by merchants. Meanwhile, Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition allows store owners to tailor technologies to their business easily.

All the available patches on Git can be tested and implemented instantly after their uploads. As far as testing environments use same databases and settings all the tested changes can be easily pushed to live stores without any risks to fall over. That’s a really unique opportunity and huge advantage.

Offered Technologies

Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition consists of a bunch of effective solutions making the final product a great alternative to established enterprise platforms.

  • Cloud Infrastructure. Powered by Amazon Web Services;
  • Platform as a Service;
  • Magento Enterprise Edition;
  • Performance Management Tools. NewRelic, blackfire.io;
  • Content Delivery Network, DDos Protection. Powered by Fastly.

This way, the dedicated structure of Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition provides all the benefits related to cloud computing, including flexibility, confidence, scalability, business focus and peace of mind.

Market Perspectives

Magento is actually a PaaS solution, but it have to compete with both PaaS and SaaS products and the number of worthy competitors is pretty large.

Magento Online User Guides

Magento continues to improve consumer service standards and recently provided users with HTML User Guides for Community and Enterprise Editions.

A few months ago we highlighted new Magento Community User Guide and its great new features. Today we’d like to tell several words about the new format of guides presented by the Magento content department in HTML.

Magento HTML User Guides

Magento HTML User Guides

Magento Community Edition and Magento Enterprise Edition online user guides have some nice advantages over the PDF documents that preceded the novelty. Now you can refer to Magento User Guides via your browser and experience all the perks available online.

Responsive Layout

The guides have three display modes specially designed for desktops, notebooks, and smartphones. So, you can browse them on any device without any distractions. The only difference is that on desktops the navigation sidebar appears on the left, while on notebooks and smartphones it is hidden.

Advanced Navigation and Search

The main convenience of the HTML versions appears when you fall to the navigation, which is now much easier and comfortable. Navigation options are just multiple, but let’s get started from the very beginning.

The left navigation sidebar comprises three dedicated tabs: Contents, Index, and Glossary. The Content tab logically displays all Magento topics grouped by the functionality areas. If this is you first journey through Magento, start it just here. For a consistent trip use the “next” and “previous” buttons in the upper-right corner of all pages.

Piotr Kaminski: “We Try to Focus on Core eCommerce Functionality”

Editor’s note: The recent updates of the Enterprise and Community Magento Editions brought customers a lot of new great features and enhancements. In this connection, we asked Piort Kaminski, Magento Senior Product Manager, about the current strategy of the Magento EE development and plans for the future.

Interview


Piotr KaminskiPIOTR KAMINSKI

SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER, MAGENTO

Piotr has 12+ years of experience with e-commerce solutions.
Throughout his career Piotr participated in every part of eCommerce implementation process (scoping, development, QA, deployment, SEO, project management, migration, integration, sales). He has a vast experience in web and mobile based e-commerce solutions.
Currently he is responsible for Magento 1.x Community and Enterprise editions. Image source: Twitter.com


aW: Magento EE is already an extremely powerful e-commerce platform, but you still continue to improve its functionality and performance. Tell us please, is it difficult to look for new valuable features for Magento and what is the main source of your innovation ideas?

Piotr: eCommerce is limitless. Every merchant is different and has unique needs, and you can see from over 6000 Magento Connect extensions that there are many things you can change in Magento. However, when Magento weighs adding new features, we try to focus on core eCommerce functionality that is a shared need across a large group of merchants or a clear gap in functionality. We look at the market, merchant needs, developer needs, and internal sources to prioritize what we add to the product.

aW: The competition among e-commerce platforms is fierce nowadays. Do you accept any competitors’ findings sometimes or does Magento pave its own unique way in development?

Magento is unique as it covers both, small stores and really large ones.

Piotr: Magento is pretty unique as it covers a very large segment of the market from small stores to really large ones. We try to find our own way based on the needs of our merchants and the community.

aW: In your opinion, what functionality improvements are more competitive today, frontend features for customers or backend refinements for Magento admins?

Piotr: Both are critical. We need to continue to empower merchants with tools to create compelling shopping experiences that differentiate them from competitors. But, we also need to invest in Admin enhancements to help improve merchant operations and productivity, so that they can cost-effectively and efficiently manage their sites.

aW: What made you choose these particular features for the current Magento EE update? They do not seem to concentrate on any particular functionality while improve a wide range of the platform’s performance.

aheadWorks Extensions are Compatible with Magento CE 1.9 and EE 1.14

Recently Magento released two updates of its product editions – Magento CE 1.9 and Magento EE 1.14.

Magento extensions

The most awaited feature of these updates is the responsive web design, which allows you to create mobile friendly sites in half the time you spent before. Other new valuable features include:

  • Technology updates;
  • Cross-border trade functionality;
  • Checkout improvements;
  • Solr Search Engine changes.

Thus, once again all Magento store owners can use the advantages of supreme functionality from the leading provider.

We are pleased to notify our customers that the whole scope of our extensions is compatible with the Magento CE 1.9 and EE 1.14 editions.

In order to consider compatibility details you may refer to “Compatibility” tabs on product pages.

Note: The vast majority of our extensions are offered for both CE and EE Magento editions.

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