Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sitecore MVP Summit 2016 - Day 2

Welcome into a humble recap of the second MVP Summit day. 

A beautiful second day that took place at a unique location, more specifically the NOLA Motorsports Park. As the information that is shared to the attending MVP’s is mostly confidential and should under no circumstances be shared publicly it is challenging to disclose what the summit is actually all about.
The MVP Summit aims at providing first-hand information, concepts and new product development into the various types of MVP’s present. This allows for Sitecore receive early feedback and insights which can help to further streamline new or existing product features.

A while back, Sitecore promised that they would adapt their product development strategy to better fit the requirements set forward by the actual customers as well as technology and feature requests from the user base and developers.

And most of the topics offered in this second day of the MVP Summit proved exactly that. No gigantic new features and functionalities but rather a number of development and integration accelerators that will help you with your actual digital project.

Sitecore is not shying away from adopting new Microsoft technologies and even has to hold off from time to time in order for Microsoft to pick up the pace and help realize the Sitecore vision. Different aspects were covered in the various sessions; Architecture, Hosting, Cloud solutions, Integrations and even the whole Habitat/Helix approach were openly discussed.

And to further prove that Sitecore is set on listening for feedback and the customer’s buy-in for their product approaches, with regards to documentation, product development, training, personalization, commerce and so on, there were a set of round-table discussions prepared. These allow for partners and customers alike to share their view on the product, challenge Sitecore with product requirements or known issues in a face-to-face discussion with both peers and Sitecore Product owners alike.

As mentioned, MVP’s are not allowed to share all received information, but what we are able to share is that Sitecore is still becoming a stronger, more matured product that holds a strong promise. The promise of offering a large toolkit, numerous strong and competitive functionalities as well as a product that is built by a highly motivated and innovative team that has opened up to its user base tremendously over the last years.

A big thanks goes out to all the people at Sitecore that helped make the MVP summit possible. It was an unforgettable experience that has prepped us for the Sitecore Symposium that is coming in the next 3 days.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Siteocre MVP summit 2016 - Day 1

Sitecore MVP Summit 2016 – Day 1

This year’s Sitecore MVP Summit is being hosted in New Orleans for the second time in a row. An ideal opportunity for dedicated Sitecore users and developers that have earned the title of MVP in the past year to help set the roadmap for the upcoming year. It also offers a unique opportunity to get a firsthand insight into what the product wants to evolve into and what the overall roadmap is for the upcoming releases.

As a technicalical MVP, I am attending the Summit with our Digital Strategy MVP - Thomas Danniau. We are are currently at the MVP Summit to make sure that every aspect that holds significant value to our new and existing customers is taken in and properly evaluated.

As the information that is disclosed on the summit is mostly under NDA, MVP’s are not allowed to share any specific details on the product’s next features or overall roadmap. So, we’re afraid that is not what we are able to share with you on this blog post.

However, what we can share though is that Sitecore has been good at work to further establish a strong MVP user base. This means, that there is a very strong group out there that holds Sitecore’s interests close at heart and helps companies that consider or have chosen Sitecore as a CMS to make the right decisions and help them optimize their digital business.

This year’s summit kicked off with an insight into the types of MVP’s as well as their origin. Turns out that the MVP’s hail from 19 different countries and make up for a total of 142 experienced and driven Sitecore specialists. These consist of 9 Ecommerce MVP’s, 22 Digital strategists and approx. 110 Technical MVP’s.

As I mentioned, most if not all, information shared on the summit is not meant to be shared so I cannot provide you with an overview on all the topics handled on this first day?

However, it is fair to say that Sitecore understands the need for a thoroughly documented system and will keep on investing there.The same can be said about  E-commerce, which is an undeniable web strategy that Sitecore is determined to take on head-first.,

And Sitecore, as any strong and self-sufficient product, is challenging itself as a product on both a feature and implementation level. This means that they look for customers and developers alike to provide feedback that can help to streamline the product even more.

This, as was the case with the MVP Summit in 2015 holds a lot of promise for the future of the products and we are already excited about what 2016/2017 will bring.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Sitecore Symposium 2016 - New Orleans

So, in one week time from now, the Sitecore MVP Summit is upon us. Starting on September 12th, we have two days of intense collaboration and feedback planned for us. Following closely is the already sold-out Sitecore Symposium which is also taking place in New Orleans 2016.

I'll be posting that which can be released under NDA on my blog when possible and in the extent possible :)

Hope to see many of you there and let's mingle for a full week of New Orleans Sitecore madness.

Kind regards.