The most valuable Pimconaut 2019 works at Blackbit

Stefano Viani


13 Nov 2019 Team Digital Agency

At this year's Pimcore Inspire Conference in Salzburg, our developer Jan Walther was honoured as Most Valuable Pimconaut of the Year 2019. He was honoured for his special commitment to the Pimcore community: Of the more than 200 developers who already regularly contribute to the open source project, Jan Walther has submitted the most and most influential GitHub contributions to Pimcore.

Blackbit-Entwickler Jan Walther ist  Most Valuable Pimconaut of the Year 2019

"Blackbit is the most exemplary agency when it comes to collaboration on GitHub," Bernhard Rusch (CTO of Pimcore and main person responsible for the Pimcore GitHub repository) praised us. Among other things, the fact that we submit core changes via pull request and ensure update-capable, reusable, scalable solutions was appreciated.

In an interview with Pimcore, our award-winning developer reveals how great commitment to the open source community and everyday agency life go together.

What's new at Pimcore?

At the Partner Conference, we naturally also found out about the latest developments at Pimcore. Here is an overview of the most important news:

The Data Hub plugin is growing

Pimcore is currently working hard on its Data Hub plugin. With this plugin, you can create (GraphQL) APIs via GUI without writing a single line of code. At the moment, this is only possible for the data of data objects, but will soon also be possible for documents and assets. The backend effort for API-based applications such as single-page apps (VueJs, React, etc.) as well as for imports and exports from and to other systems can thus be reduced enormously. More information about the Data Hub can be found in this Pimcore blog post.

More artificial intelligence in Pimcore

pimcore-award-2019-3In the medium term, artificial intelligence will find its way into Pimcore. There is huge potential here: planned functions include optimised pricing of products, automatic text creation and tips for improving the quality of object data. An initial feature for automatically tagging images based on other images that have already been tagged has already been implemented.

The Pimcore roadmap also includes improving cloud compatibility, writing automated tests and integrating translation providers.

Companies are increasingly investing in the integration of digital experience platforms with other systems

At the Pimcore Partner Conference, analysts from Gardner and Forrester spoke about current trends and developments in the areas of Master Data Management (MDM), Product Information Management (PIM) and Data Experience Platform (DXP). According to her, from around 2021, 85% of all investments in DXP projects will flow into integrations with other systems. Around 90% of large companies will then be dependent on system integrators (agencies).

Supporting agencies must therefore offer feature-rich, reusable solutions in order to fulfil customer requirements. Blackbit is already very well positioned here with the import bundle: "Due to changing and growing customer requirements, we have continuously developed our plugin for importing data into Pimcore over the past few years. This has resulted in a powerful tool that enables high-performance, automated imports, can be individually adapted to data sources and the respective Pimcore data model and minimises programming effort.

About the Author

As Executive Director of Blackbit digital Commerce GmbH, Stefano Viani manages all areas of the agency in the offices in Göttingen, Hamburg, Berlin and Kiev. His passion is the development of marketing strategies and their implementation in concrete measures.

In his free time, Stefano is passionate about riding his motorbike or working out in the gym.