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Insider Tips: Top 3 Reasons To Attend Imagine 2016

March 29, 2016
Bart & Irach
Imagine 2016

We know you have only a valuable few opportunities each year to take a step back from your day to day business, to reflect on what’s important – and be exposed to something new. So why spend your time and precious travel budget on Magento’s Imagine?

Imagine 2016 @ Wynn, Las Vegas

Imagine 2016 will be held at the Wynn, Las Vegas. The “iconic curved high-rise” on the Las Vegas Strip, April 11-13. The forecast calls for warm, sunny and 80 degree temps. You might even accidentally feel the dry desert air during your stay because many of the event spaces are open to pool patios and lush garden courtyards. This year, Imagine Commerce will reportedly host more than 2,500 merchants, developers, and Magento partners from over 45 countries.

Magento – Reaching New Heights

Magento is now the leading eCommerce Platform being used by the Top 1 Million Alexa Ranking Websites.

Our team took time out this past week to try and pin down why we, and so many other people, keep talking about Imagine. What is it that’s so different about this event?

Reason #1: Magento simply knows how to put on a show

They invest the sustained effort needed to get all the details right. That work comes through in meaningful, thoughtful overall content, good meals, and mixers –  at Magento events, you will be able to relax and have enough space to think.

For those of you new to Imagine, this is far from just a convention for technical talent. In fact, more and more top notch sessions focus on Marketing and Design. Business leaders from a variety of disciplines are increasingly involved in hands-on work to evolve their online commerce platforms, right alongside their technical teams and/or partners.

Reason #2: Networking with Impactful People

Okay, back to Vegas. Why is it so easy to meet new people while in Vegas, outside of the generally buzzy warmness? We cannot say, but we can all agree that networking with impactful people is important to your career. Being exposed to a slew of new people and the information is the second reason to attend. Are you looking to mature your ability to manifest what is important to your brand consistently through your various channels? Come help you and your company grow.

Quick tip: Meet with Magento’s training team and get your development plan together. Magento will give you a coupon for 50% off of certification exams, to be taken on Tuesday the 12th of April. “Great learning leads to great leading.”

Top Attended Sessions

When it comes to content, you will definitely find something relatable to apply to your business. Here are a few top attended sessions we suggest checking out –

  • 2 separate sessions on Design Thinking (helpful to all disciplines, as you work on pulling together lots of touch points)
  • Conquering Omnichannel Retailing
  • Startup Success
  • Strategies for Growth
  • Requirements Gathering in Magento (make sure you RSVP ASAP => no cost, only at Imagine!)
  • DIY SEO and Marketing Automation, and the latest on social media
  • Reminder, some sessions have limited capacity. Register early for the best availability 

Keynote Speaker – Earvin “Magic” Johnson magic johnson

In terms of speakers, our team cannot wait to hear from Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the Chairman & CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises. Best known for being a World Champion basketball player for the LA Lakers. Magic proved through the years that he has talent well beyond the basketball court, with his longstanding success in business. Mostly though, Magic genuinely connected with loyal fans every step of the way, earning respect for making his teammates play better, and finding creative ways to get team wins. He simply has a huge personality and “it” factor. Magic publicly fell down, too, but it was hard to miss how he always handled himself and others with class and kept it moving. All too few high achievers have that sort of selfless grace and ability to relate, so we look forward to hearing what Magic has to share.

Reason #3: Magento 2.0

The final reason you should consider touching down in Vegas this April is Magento 2.0

Magento 2.0  will be more performant and scalable than past 1.X versions. PHP 7 compatibility (think faster but still relatively new), MySQL clustering (better use of multiple databases supporting 1 instance), and numerous other changes to how Magento works, will make version 2.0 an even stronger alternative to bigger, more resource heavy solutions.

DCKAP is a proud sponsor of Imagine Commerce 2016. Please come by our booth for initial consultations, our Certified Solutions Specialists and team of Developers are on hand. In addition to demonstrating our latest work in B2B2C and B2C, we will be showcasing our newest solution, Productimize, an efficient, fast to market, interactive feature for dynamic product customization.