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Key Takeaways from our Magnitude User Group Conferences

We’ve just wrapped up the return of our 2018 user group conferences for our MDM and DIW customers. In June and July, our MDM, DIW and Agility customers, partners, industry leaders and Magnitude teams gathered to learn and share industry-leading insights and best practices in Manchester, UK and Chicago, IL.

Both events were well attended and generated tremendous feedback from attendees. Among the key highlights: Read more

Magento Technology Partnership

We’re delighted to announce that Agility Multichannel is now a Magento technology partner, the ecommerce leader’s first (and only) partner for PIM.

At the beginning of November, Magento Commerce broke away from eBay Inc and launched as an independent company. Two weeks later, the company released Magento 2.0 (“…a foundational milestone that extends Magento’s market share and innovation leadership into the next decade,” said Mark Lavelle, Magento Commerce CEO.) We’re delighted to announce that Agility Multichannel is now a Magento technology partner, the ecommerce leader’s first (and only) partner for PIM. In our commitment to the “3 C’s” (connecting Content with Creative for Commerce), strong partnerships are critical, and clearly the people at Magento Commerce feel the same way, with a new partnership program that is full of energy and dedicated to delivering best-in-class commerce experiences.

To read more about the Magento story and why it may be the “biggest commerce company you haven’t heard of yet,” the New York Business Journal does a good job of laying things out.

 

2015 PIM Value Index

Agility Multichannel improved more since the last report than any other vendor, demonstrating “commitment to its products, customers and partners.”

Ventana Research has just published its 2015 PIM Value Index, and we’re delighted to see that Agility Multichannel improved more since the last report than any other vendor, demonstrating (says author, CEO and chief research officer Mark Smith) “commitment to [our] products, customers and partners.” It’s an essential and important report.

Agility Multichannel Sweden

This week we acquired Axpa, a technology company in Malmö, Sweden. We’ve worked very closely with the Axpa team over many years, so this is in many ways a natural evolution for us, but it’s also a very exciting opportunity. We now have a direct company presence in Scandinavia to further enhance our ability to support customers and build a partner network in the region.

We’re excited to announce that in order to provide more great products and services to customers, this week we acquired Axpa, a technology company in Malmö, Sweden. We’ve worked very closely with the Axpa team over many years, so this is in many ways a natural evolution for us, but it’s also a very exciting opportunity. We now have a direct company presence in Scandinavia to further enhance our ability to support customers and build a partner network in the region. We’re bringing into the fold a valuable, highly experienced Axpa team who we know will be a great addition to the Agility Multichannel global customer and partner support team. The acquired technology now under the Agility Multichannel umbrella includes an integration tool for linking Product Information Management (PIM) to ERP and merchandising planning systems; a campaign planning tool for use by marketing and creative teams; enhanced tools for integration with and automation of multi-site and global digital assets workflows, and enhanced publishing workflow, including automation, versioning and review. The new entity will be called Agility Multichannel Sweden and will be located in new offices in Malmö. Lots of exciting things to talk about in the days ahead. Hope you’ll check back soon.  Tack!

Global Retail Expansion

Here’s an article titled Twelve Barriers to 2015 Retail Global Expansion, and Hacks for Breaking them Down that’s full of valuable insights, including 2 cents from our CEO Richard Hunt:

The key is to design a single, flexible, scalable global process that makes it easy not just to add channels and touch points but to move into new markets and countries when opportunities arise.  An enterprise Product Information Management (PIM) system can provide tools for product on-boarding, governance, workflows, enrichment and translation, approval and syndication that let end-users in any country and any department seamlessly localize and market their specific products – all within a single, endlessly scalable, global solution.

Richard Hunt in Apparel magazine

 

Employee Engagement: Numero Uno in any language

We’re closing in on completing new French and German translations of our corporate website. This is why we’re in a position today to share,  in not one but three languages, an essential principle that has propelled every development initiative of the past three years. It was the driving force behind our user-friendly Agility Modular Interface (AMI) and it helped make us #1 in Customer Satisfaction in a recent report on the MDM Landscape:

At Agility Multichannel, we believe that your team’s engagement begets your customer’s engagement.

Chez Agility Multichannel, nous pensons que l’investissement de votre équipe influence la mobilisation de votre client.

Wir von Agility Multichannel sind davon überzeugt, dass das Engagement Ihres Teams sich in der Begeisterung Ihrer Kunden widerspiegelt.

Adobe's Loni StarkYesterday, Loni Stark, director, product & industry marketing at Adobe, who oversees global product positioning, and go-to-market strategy and operations for Adobe’s web experience management business, published a blog post on employee engagement that we think everyone who’s interested in customer engagement should read. “Provide your employees with the training, information, and inspiration to become committed brand advocates, and customer experiences will improve along with business outcomes,” says Loni.  She’s backed it up with a lot of strong research, and you can read it here:  http://adobe.ly/1ocAC9Q

Spring finery

It was a long, rough winter in both of our home cities, which meant lots of time for indoor projects, like rebuilding our website from top to bottom. The last of the daffodils are blooming in York and the last of the snow has just melted in Chicago. It seems safe finally to open the windows, declare that it’s spring, and invite you to visit http://agilitymultichannel.com to see our all-new look and content, with lots of close-up views of Agility and a growing resource library. Everything is free-access – no forms at all. The new design and content will be rolling out to our German and French sites soon, and then we’ll be back to blogging regularly.

A room with a view

The photos are in from our North American eCommerce Workshop at the Willis Tower in Chicago. We shouldn’t be surprised I suppose that the view stole some focus. It was glorious. But so were all our attendees. Thanks all for coming and helping to make it a great event.

 

Agility v6 is here

With a host of new and improved features and our all-new, team-spirited Agility Modular Interface (AMI), the simplest PIM on the planet has just become the most collaborative too.

Agilityv6

Internet Retailing, 2013 Conference

We’re back in the office today after a full day yesterday at Internet Retailing’s London conference. There were many interesting speakers, presentations and workshops, and we did manage to sneak away and catch some of them. Still,  this was our home for most of the day. Lots of people stopped by, and that was great, so we’re not complaining. By the way, this event was sponsored by Demandware and, in case you missed it, just last month we were pleased to announce that we’d become one of their technology partners. Demandware Commerce clients can now implement Agility® product information management software in a fraction of the normal time. With 100% of the sophistication that comes with the simplest PIM on the planet.