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Top 10 Innovations in Adobe Experience Manager Sites

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Adobe’s Irina Guseva and Cedric Huesler presented this session at Adobe Summit 2017.  These innovations are coming out in version 6.3, which is due sometime in April 2017. Without further ado, here are the top 10:

  1. All you need is a plan – there are so many parts to AEM and the number of people who contribute, you need a way to plan out your sites.  Projects is already a component within AEM.  Now 6.3 includes a calendar view of projects.  This shows you where you are on a timeline with each project.  The project shows at the top level, but you can drill down into specific tasks identified within the project.  Tasks assignments can be changed within the calendar view too.
    image of AEM Calendar View

    Calendar view

  2. Your content marketing – using the system to identify the content you want to include, especially through content fragments.  These fragments allow the author to focus on the text and the media without having to worry about page structure. You can put a fragment into multiple folders so they can be organized logically via collections of fragments.
  3. Flavor of the day – content needs to come in different flavors and Adobe uses natural language processing to create variations.  Sometimes these variations need to be updated along with a master fragment.  A new feature called Sync with Master allows the author to compare variations and sync updates from the master.
  4. Layouts made easy – this is the tool to create different layouts for different channels. When images are dragged on to a page, the layout of the page includes the text and images and adds component placeholders within the text.  Each of the elements within the fragment are then editable to tailor the fragment for that page.
  5. Node the difference – this feature allows you to see the changes to content over time.  This is useful for auditors as well as change control.  You can highlight a page or content and compare it to the currently published page, or look at previous versions.  The changes are visually highlighted so its easy to see the differences.
  6. Physically possible – allows managing all screens across all channels. For example, you may have content for billboards, TVs, and your website. Instead of managing those assets in separate systems as you probably do today, AEM lets you manage those screens right in the CMS.  For these assets, AEM manages applications, locations, channels and devices. These help you organize the physical attributes  and make sure content is optimized for each place.  You can also manage the displays remotely, for example to take a screen shot of a remote screen or push content to remote devices.
  7. Click + Click = Template -Adobe is making components publicly accessible and not embedded into the core code.  This allows the components to be updated independently and allows customers to create their own components.  You can also choose to install or not install the Adobe core components depending on your needs. Adobe is putting their components on GitHub so they are widely available and open source.
  8. Set the experiences free – introduces a new paradigm called experience fragments. These are micro-moments that can be use on AEM and third party channels. The big difference between a content fragment and an experience fragment is that the experience fragment is not just content, but a reusable experience.  Experience fragments let you control your experience as the fragments get published to various channels and external places.
  9. Did ti click? – Sometimes we don’t have time to explore our analytics for quick answers.  Activity maps is the new feature that integrates with Adobe Analytics.  Analytic maps are an overlay of you content page and shows data about each specific area of the page.
  10. Connected universe – allows application developers to access content stored in AEM.  Currently any content can be accessed via APIs, but it really isn’t all that easy.  This new features allows developers to create content models that send content data in a much easier to consume way.  You can also create applications that can create or change content within the system.

Here is a summary of the top ten:
image of AEM top 10

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Mark Polly is Perficient's Chief Strategist for Customer Experience Platforms. He works to create great customer, partner, and employee experiences. Mark specializes in web content management, portal, search, CRM, marketing automation, customer service, collaboration, social networks, and more.

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