Speaking at the Home Assistant conference

At the end of October, the Home Assistant conference was announced. I’m very excited about home automation and sharing my knowledge. So I decided to submit a talk for the conference. Last week I received the good news that I’ve been selected as a speaker and have the honor to talk as one of the few during the conference.

I strongly recommend you to join the conference, it’s a virtual conference and you can just follow along from your couch. The conference has three tracks with amazing sessions. To help you pick your session, hopefully my session :), I would like to share with you more details of my 30-minute session.

Automate everything! How to make your stupid devices smart

Dec 13 9:00PM–9:30PM (CED – Central European time)
Advanced Track

Sounds great? But what’s the story

Three years ago I build our new house. In the new home, we wanted to have a gas (propane) fireplace. When selecting the fireplace I investigated integration options, the fireplace specs claimed 433MHZ remote controller. This 433MHZ remote should be easy to integrate with Home Assistant. After the fireplace was installed in the house I figured out that I received the new version of the fireplace. Which is always great, but the remote was updated to communicate with a variant of Zigbee. Meaning that I couldn’t integrate with Home Assistant.

During the conference, we will follow the story of how I managed to make my fireplace smart. Highlighting different options and routes available to make devices smart.

Wrapping up by sharing the final solution that made my dumb fireplace smart. I will show you how easy it is to make your dumb devices smart by using ESPHome, a cheap ESP WiFi board, relay modules, some basic wiring (no soldering), and a few lines configuration.

I’ll prove how easy it is by doing an end-to-end live demo and if everything goes well we will light up the fireplace in the last minute of the session*.

*only if demo gods are in favor

Get your 1$ conference ticket and join me in this session where I’ll take you along in the learning journey of my fireplace smart. Get inspired and join the movement, automate everything!

How to ensure CIO and CMO alignment when making technology investment decisions [Publication]

This week my article on CIO and CMO alignment for technology investments got featured on Information Age. In this article, I focus on how Technology investment decisions have become increasingly business-critical over time, with the wrong platform decision capable of negatively impacting the company’s ROI, in addition to unleashing major headaches for IT and marketing teams. Today, there are more channels than ever before, introducing new business challenges that can be solved with new technology innovations.

The CMO needs to be aware of the technical debt, integration points and architectures, while the CIO should be mindful of the business value and the need for fast time-to-market for implementations. However, this means that they both must have a better technical understanding of areas outside the scope of their work. So how do these executives find confluence across their potentially opposing goals and perspectives?

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What is Sitecore Managed Cloud?

During the last 7 months, I had a side job next to my Technical Marketing Job. I was asked to create the positioning and messaging to support our Managed Cloud offering as interim Product Marketing Director Managed Cloud at Sitecore.
Luckily I could pull this off because of two reasons.
1) I have amazing self-steering teams within Technical Marketing.
2) A day has 24 hours.

The job is now done, and I would like to share some knowledge about Sitecore Managed Cloud. Starting with sharing the recording of my SUGMEA presentation on Managed Cloud.

In this session, I will provide an introduction to Sitecore Managed Cloud. Highlighting the benefits of Manage Cloud, and how Managed Cloud compares to our other hosting options. Including:

  • Sitecore flexible hosting options
  • What is Sitecore Managed Cloud?
  • Benefits of Sitecore Managed Cloud
  • The efforts of hosting
  • Sitecore Managed Cloud critical success factors
  • Why Sitecore Managed Cloud for the CMO, CIO, and infrastructure teams?

You can find the recording on Vimeo or embedded below.

Sitecore Managed Cloud presentation during virtual SUGMEA
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Sitecore 9.3 Marketing enhancements and features

Sitecore helps brands to create relevant personalized experiences in real-time, maximizing outcomes and value across channels. 

Sitecore does this by offering a rich platform that supports all stages. Starting from content creation, to serving personalized experiences that drive and increase conversions and outcomes.

This includes tools for measuring content effectiveness and provide insights for marketers with analytics data and reporting tools. Based on these insights marketers can then optimize their content and personalization strategy to increase business results.

Sitecore helps brands to create relevant personalized experiences in real-time to maximize outcomes and value across channels. 

For Sitecore 9.3 we made significant improvements to the marketing features. We improved Testing, Optimization, and Personalization. New features are added to Analytics and Reporting, to Marketing Automation and to Forms. We also announced a new product for in our Machine learning offering.

New marketing features and enhancements in Sitecore 9.3

This article is part of the Sitecore 9.3 what’s new blog post series.

Let’s take a look at improvements and new marketing features.

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Sitecore 9.3 – Sitecore Experience Accelerator (SXA)

Sitecore Experience Accelerator is a drag-and-drop componentry extended to meet business needs or designs for accelerated builds. SXA enables marketing departments to create web sites without the involvement of development and IT. This decreases the time-to-market by using default and custom-build SXA components.

Sitecore 9.3 will provide improvements in the core-platform. In this article I will highlight the three new SXA features released with Sitecore 9.3. This article is part of the Sitecore 9.3 what’s new blog post series.

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