Day 2 of the MVP SummitFor the 2nd day of the MVP Summit, Sitecore planned a secret location which seems fitting as I write this post about secret MVP only sessions. The location for day 2 was at NOLA Motorsports about 30 minutes outside of New Orleans. It is a really cool venue with multiple racing tracks. Within the event center, the Sitecore MVPs were briefed on various topics such as Nuget plans, Dependency Injection, and more. After the main sessions, the MVPs broke off into multiple roundtable discussions on a wide assortment of topics. The day ended with Go Kart racing and a party! You have to end every Sitecore day with a great experience!
Sitecore Symposium Notes:
Sitecore Symposium Keynote takeaways:Michael Seifert: DEMAND MORE Value for your customers
Michael kicked off the symposium with a great presentation showcasing the latest and greatest features coming to a Sitecore install near you. With help from Darren Guarnaccia, he showed us the new look Path Analyzer, SxA demo of wireframing within the Sitecore Experience Editor, and even touched on the 8.2 Sitecore migration tool!
Jason Silva: Technology & Innovation
Jason Silva was up next and really did a great job of presenting futuristic ideas. Some concepts talked about were cell phones the size of a blood cell that wire directly to brain, the new billionaire: reach/better a billion people instead of focusing on making a billion dollars, and many more. I was really surprised with just how good Jason did as I really only knew him as the host of Brain Games, but he really is an amazing individual.
Lars Floe Nielson: The Developer keynote
This was kind of a repeat from the MVP Summit but Lars set the stage for all the new features being rolled out from Publishing Service (ASP.NET Core) to NuGet support!
Jane McGonigal: Why games make us better
Another topic she covered was Uber and how Uber isn’t really looking to enable drivers to find work. Instead there long term goal is to shift to auto driven cars. There short term goal is to train a generation into using a service instead of the need for purchasing a car. One amazing fact I got from this is that 3.1 million truck drivers will be replaced by autonomous trucks over the next decade.
Sitecore Symposium Session notes by topic:
· Dive into Personalization Bliss
Dive into Personalization Bliss was actually really well done. David Walker covered utilizing free 3rd party APIs to create custom rules against. This allows the personalization to become smarter. Example: Weather API: If the weather is freezing, you don’t want to offer your customer a deal on open toed sandals. Nearest Walmart; Housing Market demographics (Wolfram); etc. It really shows that the sky is the limit when personalizing content.
· Path Analyzer X-Files: How we built the ultimate xDB forensic tool
· Not just a cool party trick: Sitecore FXM
· Didn’t attend any
Initially my thoughts were that mobile wasn’t really discussed but I just want back through the schedule and found couple of sessions on mobile. One was just the basic “Getting Started with Mobile” and the other was a marketing focused session on “Accelerating your mobile app with Xamarin and Sitecore”. From years past, it seemed to be much less discussed then at SUGCON NA and 2014 symposium. I’m wondering with companies adopting responsive designs for websites if the need for a separate mobile app is not as important as in years past. If the user can navigate the site on a mobile browser, then why build an app to repeat website functionality?
Sitecore Publishing Service
· Now in Top Gear: How we Turbocharged Sitecore Publishing with .NET Core
I didn’t actually attend this session as much of the Sitecore Publishing Service was discussed at the MVP Summit earlier in the week. The publishing service is a separate installed service built using .NET Core and can be utilized starting with Sitecore 8.2. Using a manifest concept, it reduces the number of operations significantly (8753 to 11 on a single item)! 10x+ performance gains: ~50 GB media in under 2 hours; 1.5 million variations in under 1 hour! It also enables rollback capabilities which can be quite useful.
· Data Superheroes: Capture IoT Data with Sitecore xConnect
· Dreams Achieved: xConnect will drive your brand’s next digital revolution
Dreams Achieved was a great introductory talk by Todd Mitchell on Sitecore xConnect. xConnect is a unified API for collecting and querying experience data. The idea behind this is that Sitecore needed to open up the exposure of the data being collected in xDB and also make it easier to capture offline interactions for storage in xDB. This idea was put into practice at the Data Superheroes talk given by Jason Wilkerson. Jason created a dummy device to capture various exercise metrics and report them back into xDB. He then showed how one could personalize the content based on the metrics reported by the device.