Magento User Group Amsterdam
In 2010 Ray started the Magento User Group in Amsterdam. In the beginning the monthly meetings where just a meetup of Magento lovers how wanted to share their passion on day to day Magento stuff. But over the year the Magento User Group has grown out to a noticeable mark in the Dutch Magento scene. Over the years we have organized (with the help of Byte Internet) many different Magento User Groups, like: Magento Top 10 extentions, Magento Performance Bootcamp, Magento SEO workshop, Magento Payments partner compare, Magento Business to Business tooling, Magento Hosting provider compare, Magento marketing tricks…..and so much more. More info on the Magento User Group Amsterdam, or if you like to signup click here.
As of 2018 the Magento User Group Amsterdam meetups are orginized by SupportDesk, Byte & Dutchento.
In 2012 Ray created the “alter ego” persona know as the Magento Doctor. The main reason for this was sharing knowledge about Magento in a independent manner at Magento events worldwide. Currently many Meet Magento events started using the Magento Doctor persona, only wearing a “Doctor Jacket” and focusing only on sharing knowledge about Magento on participants.
In 2013 Ray joined the team of Measureworks (main organizer) as Co-Host and Speaker for the Dutch edition of WebPerfDays Amsterdam.
My task: Finding sponsors/venue, hands on during the event and presenting at the event.
Guest lecturer (VU Amsterdam)
The idea for a web development Magento 2 Bootcamp originated by Ray Bogman (founder SupportDesk) and Quincy Dahl (founder FRISSR) noted that when it comes to the knowledge of engineering students there is a gap between theory and practice. Students have a lot of theoretical knowledge but lack certain skills to be able to go in practice to work. In addition, Ray Bogman noted that e-commerce is growing and there is a growing shortage of e-commerce specialists within IT. (With SupportDesk are they always look for analytic young professionals with technical affinity that can provide complementary as regards e-commerce). There is a lot of demand in the market for B2B and B2C marketing, but there are few people who can help with this . The result is that waiting times for entrepreneurs who want to put into practice their ideas. (The demand for e-commerce IT specialists is large and too small supply). The will is there, but the economic growth is a limiting factor. A new growth, for example by educating students through this web development Magento 2 Bootcamp, Netherlands could make a career regard to e-commerce.
The Magento 2 Bootcamp took place at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in a 10 week program. In total over the period of 2 year more than 50 students participated in this program.
In 2017 Ray joined the TEDxAmstelveen team as Tech Lead and is responsible as webmaster for the TEDxAmstelveen website and managing the Audiovisual Team.
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Ray Bogman is one of the top PHP engineers I have met. He has vast knowledge of web-technologies, security and of the Magento platform. He is a rare and great professional to do business with.
Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity – Yoav Kutner - Magento
Ray and I were introduced to each other a couple of years ago by a mutual friend. I perceive Ray as a gifted man. Somehow he is able to be a hardcore developer and he has an excellent developed skill set to present, do sales and negotiate while finding the best outcome for all parties. In product development he is able to truly think out of the box and be a source of inspiration. The combination of these skills to be found in 1 man is quite rare. If you’re lucky enough to work with Ray please send him my heartfelt wishes..
Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity – Ben van Duijn - JMango
Ray offered what he said he would and went beyond that in helping me with some questions even though he was not a support consultant. Ray was easy to work with and even helped me at times that were probably not the best for him since there was a 7 hour difference. I will use Ray again if I need other Magento help.
Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity – David Talso - Exact Software
Ray learned me the basics of Magento and some expert tricks. Ray knows very well what the goal of the course was and teached it on a good way. A guy you really want as a teacher.
Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity – Jonas De Smet - Studio Emma
Ray provided us with an in-depth explanation on Magento’s backend. Clearly showing us how backend structures can be built within the short timespan of 3 days. They have done a real good job at clearly structuring and visualizing documentation for this, as this information very much lacks from the original source. Worth every penny.
Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity – Remmelt Beckers - Xploregroup.be
Dear Ray, Thank you for your time and effort. I really appreciate that you shared so much of your knowledge with me. Your training provided me a solid basis for the company I am currently building.
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity – Drs. Julie Cai-Pan - CXP Holland B.V.
Ray is speaking very enthoustic about his work. After the workshop you will get also enthoustic about it
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative – Marieke Vos - Pasopshop.nl
Ray is a great person to work with, both on a personal and technical level. He’s kind, open minded and has a real passion for tech and Magento in particular. I’m sure his dedication and hard work will inspire many more!
Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity – Daan Beverdam
Ray is always up to date on the latest tech, and inspiring to work with.
Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity – Ronald Bethlehem
I have been working closely with Ray for more than five years now. It has always been a great pleasure to work with him. Ray in bulletpoints: - Ray is a great CTO, teacher, and a passionate , driven webprofessional with a sharp instinct for new technologies and technical improvements. His knowledge spans all web areas: from server to search engine (SEO) and everything in between. - besides being technical proficient, Ray has a great feel for (e)-commerce. - Ray has always been an Open Source supporter. - last but but not least, Ray is a straightforward person. He always challenges himself and others with an open mind. I am sure his drive and passion will be a valuable asset for Magento Inc. for many years to come!
Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity – Enno Stuurman
In the relatively short time I’ve worked with Ray, I’ve learned a lot from him. His enthusiasm was infectious and his Magento and/or internet knowledge seemed infinite. I very much enjoyed working with Ray and hope to do so again in the near future!
Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity – Rachel Tjong-A-Hung
Ray helped me a lot with my own business by providing me with useful feedback. He is enthusiastic, cooperative and works proactive on ICT security issues.
Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity – Guido Jansen
Ray is a very qualified and experienced requirements engineer. Ray is a creative individual with a well-developed talent for unconventional approaches to problem-solving. Keep track on the problem and if he can tries to solve it. Or address it to the correct person in a correct and proper manner.
Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity – Martin Willekes
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