Hailing from their parent company in Europe, the ISM e-Group, ISM APAC was one that was set up back in 2014. The company essentially develops and builds e-commerce platforms. They also help maintain them for their clients as well. ISM APAC uses e-commerce platforms such as Magento and Shopify and also has their own in-house e-commerce solution called Sana.
For those of you not sure what we’re talking about, Magento is an open-source e-commerce platform. This is one of the most popular e-commerce platforms in the world. In order to make sure that developers are keeping track of the best practices with relation to Magento, the e-commerce platform has a number of certifications that are carried out. These aim to prove the developer’s competency in implementing the various Magento frameworks.
It’s not just an e-commerce platform
Each version of Magento has a number of exams or certifications that are carried out. Magento 2 takes the following certifications,
- Magento 2 Certified Solution Specialist
- Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer
- Magento 2 Certified Associate Developer Exam
- Magento 2 Certified Professional Front End Developer
For the current exam which is based on Magento 2, Dominic Fernando and Kavindu Thundeniya from ISM APAC took part and successfully passed the exam. This made them among the first IT professionals in Sri Lanka to earn the Magento Backend Developer Certification.
By no means an easy task
The aim of the exam is to ensure that those using the Magento e-commerce platform follow the best practices when it comes to the Magento 2 framework. The exam tested Dominic’s and Kavindu’s theoretical and practical knowledge. In addition, there were a number of test cases where they not only had to come up with a viable solution but also one that was future proof as well.
Studying for the certification was by no means an easy task. Dominic and Kavindu’s biggest obstacle was that acquiring the required study material was a hassle. They also didn’t know what questions would be asked. Because Magento is a framework, studying it with no prior knowledge about it is quite time-consuming. Even though the pass mark is 64, the first 50 marks are the easiest to score. It’s the remaining 15 that would prove to be the bigger challenge.
A helping hand from ISM APAC
The exam took Dominic and Kavindu about 2 months get ready for. Of course, balancing all this with daily work provided to be their next challenge. But ISM APAC came through, helping out the duo by giving them time off of their usual working hours to carry out their studies.
In addition, ISM APAC helped out by means of financial support for the exams. The exam tests not only the knowledge of the Front end and Back end, but also the API knowledge as well. They also got support from developers from Ukraine who had also taken part in the exam. Using the knowledge of these developers, Dominic and Kavindu were able to better prepare themselves for their own exams.
Apart from the Magento 2 certification, both Dominic and Kavindu also has the Magento 1 Front end and Back-end developer certification under his belt as well. Within the team, most of the developers have the Magento 1 certification.
A worthwhile achievement
Being a certified Magneto Backend Developer is no easy task. Dominic and Kavindu explained that if anyone is looking to sit for the Magento 2 certification, it’s vital to go through the study guide and be familiar with it. They both also pointed out that in addition to the resources available on the internet, developers should also get down and dirty and actually try out the Magento framework for themselves. This is how people learn and grow, they both explained.
The Magneto Backend Developer Certification is by not an achievement to take lightly. It empowers developers to create more dynamic, powerful e-commerce platforms that are easily scalable and deployable. This, in turn, means that they and ISM APAC as a whole will now offer an even higher class of solutions to clients. Thereby, customers of these e-commerce platforms are able to enjoy a much better shopping experience.