A recognized Magento development expert and computer network specialist, OConnell completes rigorous certification program to join an elite group of ecommerce experts worldwide
DENVER, CO – Justin OConnell, Special Projects Engineer for Unleaded Group, has joined an elite group of ecommerce development experts to be designated a Magento Certified Developer after completing a rigorous examination process. Called “The Ultimate Magento Credential,” the certification testing program from the world’s leading ecommerce solution provider, Magento eCommerce Platform for Growth, was launched early this year and to date only a handful of developers nationwide have qualified for the prestigious certification.
OConnell, 28, joins three other Unleaded Group website developers in gaining the prestigious certification. The others are: Ian Kullhem, Director of Development & IT; Byung “Brain” Lee, lead programmer for the company; and, Eric Hainer, Advanced Solutions Programmer. Unleaded Group is a Magento Gold Solutions Partner, and having Certified Developers is one of the requirements to maintain that status.
The Magento platform, a feature-rich and enterprise-level Internet shopping solution, is now the backbone to more than 110,000 ecommerce online stores worldwide. Unleaded Group, among the first in the world and one of a handful of website design and development firms in the West to be designated a Magento Gold Solution Partner, has built over 150 ecommerce stores on behalf of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to mom-and-pop operations.
At base an open-source technology, Magento also features an Enterprise Edition of the popular software that is fully supported through the company’s extensive development, consulting and training divisions, as well as through an Advisory Board of “developer gurus with the input of experts from the global Magento ecosystem.” The firm, under the aegis of its Magento University, launched the Certified Developer process and exams in early 2012 geared toward professional Magento Developers who want “to differentiate themselves from the competition with the ultimate Magento credential.”
The Magento Certified Developer process, which is open only to expert developers who have demonstrated high competency in the solution through successfully developing several ecommerce sites on behalf of clients, encompasses a 90-minute exam of 70 multiple choice questions. The exam was developed by the staff and community of Magento and is administered throughout the country at Prometric Testing Centers. The test measures such competencies as:
• Structure of catalog, indexes, promotions, price generation logic
• Architecture of checkout, payment/shipment methods, sales/order processing
• Advanced core knowledge — forms/grids full functionality, API, widgets, etc.
OConnell joined Unleaded Group in 2011 and he brings a wealth of education and experience to the firm. He holds a BSMS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering specializing in Embedded Systems Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before joining Unleaded Group, OConnell headed up his own firm where he specialized in designing and building computer servers and networks on behalf of corporate clients.
“I have worked with, and developed on many platforms throughout my career,” says OConnell. “I have found the Magento platform to be the best choice for ecommerce retailers today. The modular structure of the system allows top developers like those at the Unleaded Group to develop robust and powerful e-commerce solutions that fit any business model or technological need. What attracted me to Unleaded Group was the diverse team of ecommerce professionals on staff; together the team continues to innovate on and expand the conception of what ecommerce can be."
For expert design and development of cutting-edge ecommerce stores built on the Magento platform, call Unleaded Group at 720-221-7126.