Sitecore MVP Summit 2014: Return of the Jedi

MVP 2014 -TechnologyThe week in Vegas culminated with the gathering of all the North American Sitecore MVPs for the 2014 MVP Summit. Starting off with a solid breakfast was a must for most of the group, especially those who had stayed out until the wee hours of the morning. If a coffee shortage had occurred, blood might well have been shed!

Luckily for all, food and liquids were in plentiful supply and the group was small enough to feel cozy. The MVP summit had a lot of ‘secret stuff’ that can’t be shared, but I can say that it looks like the future of Sitecore is going to be pretty exciting!

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Sitecore Symposium 2014 Day 3: The closing sessions

Sitecore 122After a busy day of tracks on Day 2 followed by a late party at the club, Wednesday’s sessions seemed to be starting a little early for pretty much everybody. :) My plan for Wednesday was to see a few key sessions and spend more time meeting folks at the booth, so I apologize that there were many sessions going on that I can’t recap.

As a general overview of Wednesday, the crowd was a little quieter and the desire for coffee seemed to be pretty high. I got a chance to chat with quite a few of the Sitecore folks, still donning their purple shirts, which was nice since I’ve only ever spoken to most of these folks on the phone. It’s always great to put a face to the name/voice! To everybody who came by and said hello at the booth, thanks so much, I love meeting those of you that chat with me on twitter and here on the blog.

Now, on to some session stuff!

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Sitecore Symposium 2014 Day 2

Sitecore 122Day 2 of the SYMNA held much excitement as the keynotes and tracks kicked off with a bang (or at least with dancing). Michael Seifert delivered an excellent opening keynote to set the tone for the day (say “Experience” one more time) which entirely focused on learning the complete context of a customer in order to truly understand their experience. A few slick Sitecore 8 screens later and we were all itching to get our hands on it.

For me, the really neat part of it all was the tie-in to the Microsoft Azure machine learning computing. I can really see that part taking experience prediction on a whole new path that we haven’t gone down yet. However, this type of computing may be quite a ways off for a lot of small-to-medium business who are still wrapping their minds (and content) around basic personalization and A/B testing.

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Sitecore Symposium 2014: Time to Keystone!

Sitecore 122With just 8 hours of flights between myself and Vegas, the excitement was starting to build. Our team was coming out in full force this year to watch some great sessions, meet awesome people, and show off Keystone at our booth!

After years of building up an accelerator internally to deliver our own solutions to clients more quickly, we’ve productized our framework into the new Keystone platform. Now, it’s time to share with the world!

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Visual Studio Online Stakeholder licensing is live

TFSAbout a month ago, I mentioned that Visual Studio Online was making some licensing changes to better integrate the greater project team into the tool. The Stakeholder licensing changes were announced as live this past week. Of course this happened while I was away on vacation!

I have a theory: the best way to make something happen is to go do something else. So I spent the last couple of weeks road-tripping, hence the lack of new content the last few weekends. Lo and behold, the Stakeholder licenses arrive! Read more of this post

A verdict on Sitecore Training and Certification

Sitecore 122A colleague of mine, Jason Carter, who recently went through Sitecore training, offered some insights into the training on a recent post of his. I thought this particularly well-timed given my recent post on topics not covered during Sitecore training.

Check it out: Sitecore  Training and Certification Exam

Don’t Fight The Framework Pt V – Sitecore’s built on Sitecore so build your site on Sitecore.

Jason St-Cyr:

Great post on how to align solution development to the Sitecore platform! Love the series, but Part V really spoke to how I try to put a solution together.

Originally posted on CardinalCore:

This one will be a relatively quick one ( hopefully before the girlfriend finds out I am working on our holiday ;) ). Continuing on in the Don’t Fight The Framework series, I thought I would discuss a topic that has kind of formed the more I have worked with Web Content Management Systems such as Sitecore. As me and Simon used to band about in our development exploits (usually in a faux Danish accent) – ‘Sitecore is built on Sitecore’ and it got me thinking…

The basic premise is this – we as developers are often guilty of just opening visual studio and hacking away at our latest interesting issues / projects & crazy solutions to problems. I have found particularly with Sitecore you can sometimes get a feel for how successful a Sitecore solution you have developed by how much time you spend in Visual Studio ( not…

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