Qualified Magento 2 Solution Specialist

One of the first in the UK to be certified on Magento 2 as a Solution Specialist!

4 Jason Ford

Magento are rolling out their Magento 2 Certifications, starting with Magento 2 Solution Specialist!

This Summer I was fortunate enough to get a place on Magento’s first Magento 2 Certification having completed two of the previous Magento 1 Certifications (Developer & Solution Specialist).

The certification was part of an initial roll out and had over 150 questions, to be completed in 3 hours. Participants were also asked to provide feedback to help Magento narrow down the questions and topics for future exams. This is something that will likely change when the Solution Specialist Exam becomes public (at the time of writing this is still not the case).

Usually Magento’s exams would get instant pass or fail results, however, for this exam we had to wait for Magento to decide what the pass mark was. Looking at Magento’s UK certification database, only 20 people (at the time of writing), managed to get a passing mark.

Magento have recently (21st of October 2017) published on their certification website, that I along with 19 other people from the UK passed the exam, making us some of the first people worldwide to be certified in Magento 2.

What is a Magento 2 Solution Specialist

Probably the easiest way to explain the Solution Specialist Certification is to see how Magento describe it:

“A Magento Solution Specialist is an expert user of the Magento ecommerce platform. Drawing on a deep background in business and ecommerce, the Magento Solution Specialist can efficiently align business objectives with Magento functionality, optimize use of native features, and avoid unnecessary customisation.”

The emphasis on this certification is to provide specific, commercial solutions to problems that Ecommerce business owners find. Utilising industry wide best practice to help businesses achieve more with the Magento platform. People with this certification should have a deeper understanding of Ecommerce as a sales channel and how it can work with the rest of the business.

For Gravytrain, a Magento Solution Specialist is a necessity for any Magento Design & Build Project, and is Ecommerce Consultancy is much more effective when it is by someone with this qualification.

Magento 2 Solution Specialist

Magento 1 Certifications

Although Magento 1 is end of life, there are still plenty of developers out there building and supporting sites, so it’s important to put your website in the right hands.

Magento have always put a great emphasis on their certification as a way of separating those that know Magento Best Practice, and have the experience to implement it successfully for businesses.

For Magento 1, they offered:

  • Magento Developer
  • Magento Developer Plus
  • Magento Frontend Developer
  • Magento Solution Specialist

Now that Magento 2 has been around for a good few years, it is a good time to introduce certifications to help brands and companies identify those who know Magento 2 well enough to design, build and create the best solution for you.

Why do you need a Magento Solution Specialist?

Magento Solution Specialists provide a lot of benefit very early on in a project, and continue to use extensive experience through-out the project to make sure delivery is a success. This is especially important when considering Magento 2 which is from the ground-up a different beast, and requires someone who has the experience with Magento 2 to make sure that your project goes smoothly.

Brief & Scoping

A Solution Specialist will lead a lot of the discovery around your project and influence the brief to make sure that it is geared around achieving your business goals. They will also be able to match up your functionality needs with Magento (or other provider) capabilities, making this process a lot smoother.

Wireframing & Design

Having a good knowledge of Customer Experience Design (CX/UX), the solution specialist can make sure that the designs that are created are suitable for your customer personas, as well as identifying additional functionality that will be required.

Build & Testing

A Solution Specialist will have a lot of experience of the Magento build process and industry testing processes, and be able to bring these to your project. Helping with everything from Solution Architecture to best practice frontend implementation, your Solution Specialist will essentially be a resource for the technical leads on your project.

Pre-, during and Post-Go-live

Your solutions specialist has a wider knowledge of how Ecommerce can develop within your business, and will help you build a long term strategy for continued development and optimisation of the sales channel.

Want to know more?

Give us a call on 020 8941 2364 or get in contact to find out more about Magento 2 Solution Specialists and how we can help you with your up-coming project.