The most valuable Pimconaut 2019 works at Blackbit
At this year's Pimcore Inspire Conference in Salzburg, our developer Jan Walther was awarded Most Valuable Pimconaut of the Year 2019. This honors him for his special engagement in the Pimcore community: Of the more than 200 developers already regularly contributing to the open source project, Jan Walther has submitted the most and most influential GitHub contributions to Pimcore.
"Blackbit is the most exemplary agency when it comes to collaboration on GitHub," Bernhard Rusch (CTO of Pimcore and main responsible for the Pimcore GitHub repository) praised us. Among other things, it was appreciated that we submit core changes via pull request and ensure updateable, reusable, scalable solutions.
How great commitment to the open source community and everyday agency life go together is revealed by our excellent developer in an interview with Pimcore.
What's new at Pimcore?
At the Partner Conference, we naturally also caught up on the latest developments at Pimcore. Here is an overview of the most important news:
The Data Hub plugin is growing
Pimcore is currently working massively on its Data Hub plugin. With this plugin, you can create (GraphQL) APIs via GUI without writing a line of code. Currently this is only possible for data objects data, soon it will be possible for documents and assets. The backend effort for API-based applications like single-page apps (VueJs, React etc.) but also for imports and exports from and to other systems can be reduced enormously. For more info on the Data Hub, check out this Pimcore blog post.
More artificial intelligence in Pimcore
In the medium term, artificial intelligence is to make its way into Pimcore. There is a huge potential here: planned features are for example optimal pricing of products, automatic text generation or tips for quality improvement of object data. A first feature for automatic tagging of images based on other already tagged images has already been implemented.
The Pimcore roadmap also includes improving cloud compatibility, writing automated tests, and integrating translation providers.
Companies are investing more in integrating digital experience platforms with other systems
Analysts from Gardner and Forrester spoke at the Pimcore Partner Conference about current trends and developments in master data management (MDM), product information management (PIM) and data experience platform (DXP). According to her, starting around 2021, 85% of all investments in DXP projects will be in integrations with other systems. About 90% of large companies will then be dependent on system integrators (agencies).
Supporting agencies must therefore offer feature-rich, reusable solutions in order to implement the customers' requirements. Blackbit is already very well positioned here with the Import Bundle: "Due to changing and growing customer requirements, we have constantly developed our plugin for data import into Pimcore over the past years. This has resulted in a powerful tool that allows high-performance, automated imports, can be individually adapted to data sources and the respective Pimcore data model, and minimizes the programming effort.