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!

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 Symposium: What’s new in Sitecore Land (9.3)

pieter session Symposium sitecore 2019

Another great event comes to an end with Sitecore Symposium 2019. Almost 3.000 attendees gathered to learn more about Sitecore’s products, vision and roadmap.

For me this years Sitecore Symposium highlights the announcement that SaaS is coming and a new Machine Learning Service for auto personalization. Next to keynotes from Sitecore’s own Mark Frost, Paige O’Neill and Desta Price.

And let’s not forget about the legendary keynote from Earvin “Magic” Johnson, which I also had the pleasure to meet.

This year it was -again- my honor to announce and reveal more details about our upcoming release of Sitecore 9.3.

Since the presentation I’ve received lots of requests for slides, more info and speaker engagements. As a start the slides are now available on Notists.

View What’s new in Sitecore land on Notist.

Notists also include my speaker schedule as I’m planned to deliver the presentation again in London (14 November) and Amsterdam (10 December). Feel free to reach out to me if you want to invite me to speak at your event.

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Sitecore User Group Conference India 2019

Last month we hosted the very successful Sitecore User Group Conference 2019 (SUGCON) in India, this was our second SUGCON India. The event has been very successful in many ways and I want to share my view on the event.

First the number; I’m very happy to share that we had nearly 300 attendees during SUGCON India. During the days we had more than 35 sessions presented.  We had over the 100 attendees across our three workshops; Commerce, SxA and JSS- during the pre-conference workshop day.  We also managed to host a Sitecore certification opportunity for more than 70 developers.

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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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