Developer Spotlight – Tim Wagner
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In the spotlight today is Tim Wagner, Head of Design and Development for TechDivision GmbH, a Magento Gold Solution Partner based in Bayern, Germany.
Tell us a little about your business, and how you became involved with Magento.
I had my first contact with Magento while working on a project that used Magento as a framework, and not as a shop system. At that time Magento’s potential was already recognizable, although the software was in its early stages. As TechDivision had already decided to offer Magento exclusively to its customers, we were able to hone our Magento skills before most agencies. Over time our projects grew larger and larger because customers were looking specifically for agencies that had a great deal of Magento experience and a number of reference projects.
What are some of the key factors behind your success with Magento?
The extensive experience we gained by starting early with Magento and the number of projects we finished successfully were very important factors behind our current success. Another important factor is the quality of the Magento extensions we have developed for our customers, and our ability to reuse those extensions for new projects.
Why did you decide to have your developers take the Magento Developer Certification exam?
To earn the Magento certification it is necessary for developers to fully understand the Magento architecture and the underlying technology. For this reason each developer who successfully completes the certification can rightly be called an “expert,” which validates what we do. Another reason is that we need at least four certified developers on staff to retain our Magento Gold Partner status. We have always emphasized providing our employees with career development and training, and because of this we also have certified scrum masters and product owners as well as Google certified employees.
How many Magento Certified Developers do you currently have on staff, and how will having these Magento Certified Developers on staff help your business?
Currently we have ten Magento Certified Plus Developers on staff, which makes us the agency with the most certified developers in Europe. Large customers value the fact that their agency of choice has so many Magento Certified Developers, because this ensures the successful implementation of a Magento shop project, and ensures that Magento expertise won´t get lost even if an employee leaves the project. In this way we’re able to maintain the highest level of customer support.
The certifications are also important for our Magento consulting business and our new Magento Code Review offering, because they reflect our depth of experience and the quality of our development services.
What types of projects have you worked on? What types of projects most interest you?
For me the most interesting and challenging projects were the re-launches of the Ritter Sport shop and the WMF shop because of its extremely short time-to-market. The size of the WMF project and the fact that you can implement extensive enterprise systems on Magento was very impressive to me.
Beside my work with Magento, the progress of PHP in recent years has fascinated me and I’m excited about how development will evolve in the future, especially for enterprise systems. Really interesting and also a lot of fun for me are the Magento events in San Francisco and Las Vegas. Besides learning a lot of new information we always find that Magento organizes the best parties.
Would you like to share anything else about TechDivision?
Our agency is located in a beautiful area, where other people like to spend their vacations. I spend most of my free time in the local mountains, and on my bike or on a weekend trip to nearby lakes such as Chiemsee, often called the Bavarian Sea, or Lake Garda in Italy. Come for a visit!
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