Today we’re gladly introducing an Amasty partner – Envision Ecommerce. We talked to Vikrant Shukla about the company and its journey on the path of e-commerce development.
– Could you please tell us a little bit more about Envision Ecommerce?
– Envision Ecommerce (ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company) is an End to End Magento Consultancy. Envision started in April 2015 with a team of 5 people and has seen a good growth with the team size increasing to 40 people currently.
The team consists of 5 Magento Certified Professionals including me as Magento Certified Solution Specialist. Apart from that, we have the best Magento team in our region. We work on Magento 1 and Magento 2 extension development, Magento Enterprise Application development and Magento Mobile Solutions. We also cater the digital marketing needs of our customers with the help of in-house Google Analytics and Adwords Certified Professionals. We have been engaged with customers ranging from Startup (with innovative ideas) to Fortune 10 Clients. We have taken up Magento 2 and are already listed on Magento Marketplace with our extensions. Apart from Magento, Envision Ecommerce also works on M-Commerce using Ionic Framework. And at last, there is a lot of fun at Envision apart from work, come and see our Faceboook Page!
– What is your company’s core advantage when it comes to e-commerce development and services?
The biggest advantage of Envision Ecommerce when it comes to e-commerce development and service is that we believe in providing a solution that helps the hardest working employees in the e-commerce fiield. We know (with our experience) what it takes to make a ROI driven Ecommerce solution and that is what we aim to produce. We ensure with our strategies that the solution developed is Scalable, Sustainable and on top of all Profitable for the customer.
– Do you remember how and why your company has started working with Magento?
– As you can make out from our name, the aim to start this company was to have a focused Magento Ecommerce Consultancy where the clients can just bring their idea and leave the rest to the team to manage. Gone are the days where people needed just developers, now everyone wants an expert and that is what Envision Ecommerce aims to be in the field of e-commerce. Whether it is Scope Discussion, Architecture Planning, Database design, Implementation, Go to Market Strategy, After launch Maintenance and at last Sales using Optimal Digital Marketing, we ensure to deliver the optimal solution.
I personally have been working on Magento since its inception in 2008 (in fact before that on beta version) and am a Diehard Magento Enthusiast. This certainly is another reason for starting this company and we are being focused for Magento.
– Can you share the most unusual project you’ve worked on?
– Well will not term it as unusual but we are working on a Magento 2 store that has around 3000+ visits daily, it already has over $3,50,000 sales in last seven month. Some day we see a traffic of 10,000+ when there is membership registration open on the website.
The reason it is challenging is that we choose Magento 2 as the technology stack for it as it was termed as stable. I personally knew that our team would face challenges but that is how you learn and make mark for yourselves. The store is doing awesome in terms of visibility and sales. There are challenges like speed, regular upgrade and stability (considering that Magento 2 still has over 1000 known bugs posted on GitHub). It’s great to see our team achieving something of such sort in Magento 2.
– Can you share the most difficult project you’ve worked on?
– We recently got opportunity to work with a Fortune 10 client, a giant in its industry. The project was certainly a tough one for a company like us, not technically but due to the timeline it had. We were to build multiple store fronts with lots of third party integration and checks.
We are glad that we took the partnership with Amasty on time and used many of Amasty’s plugins and extensions in that store. The difficulties become easier when you got the right planning, the right solutioning and precise implementation. With our experience, capable team and different custom and third party extensions, we not only delivered the project successfully on time but also were able to generate repeated business and referrals from the client.
– When did you start working with Magento 2 and where are you now in this area of development?
– As mentioned above, we started working with Magento 2 in March this year. We have been developing Magento 2 extensions (one of which is already live on Marketplace) and a couple of others are in review. Apart from that, we took the challenge to start a multistore website on Magento 2 which has been a roller coaster ride but so far has yield good results. The journey has just begun for Magento 2 and there is still a lot to be done in it. We are also publishing a series of tutorials via our blog related to different “How To Do” in Magento 2.
– Based on experience of your company, do you feel continuous and raising demand of Magento 2 services, especially when it comes to transition from M1 to M2? Or are the merchants still hesitant about switching their platforms en masse?
– I see that the merchants are more inclined towards Magento 2. But I believe that it is us (technical solution architects) who are supposed to help them with this decision. Magento 2 is still not ready for massive development (which we have already seen with our experience), unless you are ready to take up the challenge of doing custom plugins development in it. There are many hurdles still in Magento 2. For a new start-up store, it should certainly be something that we should be educating the merchant with to take a right decision on platform selection.
Regarding the transition from M1 to M2, well, we recently performed that too for a smaller Magento 1 store. There are challenges, big ones. The biggest of them is that old stores are using some extensions for a particular set of tasks which is not yet possible in Magento 2. Now not all merchants understand that Magento 2 is still an upcoming technology and its marketplace is yet not stable as of Magento 1. So the biggest challenge comes to explain why Magento 2 migration or store creation will take more time than what Magento 1 would have taken. Technical challenges are still there. Thanks to the grown up Magento community, learning and adopting Magento 2 is way much quicker than what it used to back in the days when Magento 1 was launched.
My personal advice to merchants is to wait for some more time before planning to move to Magento 2 with their existing store. For merchants seeking for a new store development, well, the advice is: do listen to an Architect and a Consultant. Magento 2 is certainly the latest but it will take time to reach where Magento 1 has in past 8 years.
We thank Vikrant for sharing his thoughts about the market and telling us about the company! Looking forward to fruitful partnership, as always.