Full headless experiences with Sitecore Omni™

In the keynote during Sitecore Symposium 2018 in Orlando we introduced Sitecore Omni™, a range of products that support headless scenarios for the different business needs in digital marketing.

Sitecore Omni™ supports all headless scenarios including all author and marketer functionality that the Sitecore Experience Cloud offers, including inline editing, analytics, personalization, multivariate testing and Sitecore Cortex machine learning.

Headless is often positioned and offered as the solution for your digital marketing challenges; digital marketing challenges that are becoming more and more critical to solve.

Customers are expecting seamless experiences on every channel, both online and offline. Because of the exponential growth of the channels the digital marketing channel is are getting more complex.  There is no silver bullet headless approach, there is no single headless solution that fits all.
In the real world there are different customers, with different digital marketing challenges and business cases. These challenges often need a different (headless) approaches.

A headless approach can be the used from solutions where the CMS is only the content hub for a static Progressive Web App, it can be used to track offline customer interaction with IoT or build a full powered native mobile app with tracking and personalization. For all these business cases is the headless approach the correct one, but you can understand that the technical requirements and implementation are completely different.

With Sitecore Omni we introduce a range of products that supports the different headless scenarios.

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What’s new in Sitecore 9.1: Experience Platform

This post is part of the What’s new in Sitecore 9.1 series, Sitecore 9.1 has a lot of exciting innovation and value that will help our customers get to market faster, and ongoing refinements and enhancements to existing functionality.

In previous posted we focused on the What’s new in Sitecore 9.1 Content Management. In this post we will look at all the marketing innovations, features and enhancements within the Experience Platform. Before we dive in I want to provide context around Sitecore, this will help to understand the unique opportunity we have with Sitecore.

Starting with some history, as we all know Sitecore originally was a Content Management System. Being well known of the central hub for serving all the managed and integrated content. Over the years Sitecore evolved from web and to additional channels; including email, mobile and any other marketing channel.

The main driver was the introduction the Online Marketing Suite back in 2009. One of the first Experience Marketing solutions in the industry. Now Sitecore is a full Experience Marketing platform and the Sitecore Experience Cloud allows customers to personalize both online and offline experiences while capturing all the data; including all interactions, conversions, test results, patterns and basically any user information online and offline.

Now the great thing about Sitecore is that it’s all one native platform, both CMS and the Experience Platforms are closely tight together, it’s a truly unified platform.

Sitecore’s unified platform is one of the reasons why Sitecore is loved by developers and marketers.

The true power of Sitecore is in combining the analytics data with the content.  The platform provides you with the opportunity to create relevant personalized experiences in real-time.

Sitecore Content and Analytics

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What’s new in Sitecore 9.1: Content Management

During Sitecore Symposium I presented the Overview of 9.1 together with Mark Groves, Senior Director Product Management. This blogpost will cover the highlights of Sitecore 9.1 Experience Management (XM).

As addressed in the first blogpost of the What’s new in Sitecore 9.1 series, Sitecore 9.1 has a lot of exciting innovation and value that will help our customers get to market faster, and ongoing refinements and enhancements to existing functionality.

The most important headlines for Sitecore 9.1 Content management are; Headless, Sitecore Experience Accelerator (SxA), platform enhancements and the new UI – Horizon.

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What’s new in Sitecore 9.1: a technical overview

I just returned home from a great Sitecore Symposium and an MVP summit. I had the honors to present the Overview of 9.1 together with Mark Groves, Senior Director Product Management. During the days that followed I received a lot of requests to share the deck and the details. To address these questions I started a blog series on our 9.1 release.

So, version 9.1 has a lot of exciting innovation and value that will help our customers get to market faster, and also ongoing refinements and enhancements to existing functionality.

sitecore 9 focus areas

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Sitecore Hackathon Interview

The Sitecore Hackathon is an community event organized by Akshay Sura and supported by Sitecore Technical Marketing. The results of the Hackathon 2018 where amazing; 220 participants, from 25 countries, divided into 74 teams, competed over 24 hours to build the most creative Sitecore module that demonstrates their competency in one of four categories: Commerce, SXA, JSS, or xConnect. The results will be announced and celebrated at the Sitecore User Group Conference (SUGCON) in Berlin.

After the announcement of the winners we had a very nice chat with Mark Styles and During the Sitecore User Group Conference 2018 in Berlin I had a very nice chat with Mark Styles and Jean-François L’Heureux (from now on called JF) one of the winners of the Hackathon.

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The first Sitecore User Group Conference in India

Sitecore’s first major User Group conference in Asia, was held in Bangalore, India, on May 16-17 2018. Originally the event was intended to accommodate 150 people, but interest exceeded expectations and the event reached more than 200 attendees.

Before the event we hosted a v9 Developer Certifications standalone exam. SUGCON India 2018 consisted of 18 sessions, put together by both Sitecore staff and elite community members, with Cloud and Commerce receiving the most emphasis. Continue reading “The first Sitecore User Group Conference in India”

Talk about a great experience; the 6th User Group Conference Europe

SUGCON Keynote presentation

Held in Berlin, April 23-24, Sitecore User Group Conference Europe marks the largest community event to date. A total attendance of 600+ people, coming from all over Europe, North America, Middle East and even Australia and New Zealand.

I had the honor presenting the opening keynote of SUGCON EU together with my Technical Marketing team. I started the keynote sharing my experiences and the evolution of SUGCON. How SUGCON started in The Netherlands in 2014 hosted by the Dutch User Group with 90 attendees growing in a few years to the largest Sitecore community event with 600 attendees in Berlin.  Thanks to the SUGNL and SUGDK to make this happen!

SUGCON EU history

This year we had a jam-packed itinerary of over 40 sessions, put together by Sitecore employees and community members, had something interesting for everyone to see and learn about regarding the latest release: Sitecore 9.

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