Mark Servais

Mark Servais is a software solutions professional with experience in creating solutions using Sitecore and the Microsoft stack of technologies. Experienced in project and development lifecycles through several viewpoints that include project management, development, and leadership. Mark has over 25 years’ experience in software engineering and application development. Mark has been awarded Sitecore’s Technology MVP award from 2014-2017 and currently holds a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Carroll University.

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Sitecore Reminder: Author Experience – Rendering Thumbnails

We have a client that is going through the early stages of developing renderings for their Sitecore solution. Naturally, they have a ton of questions as they are learning as they go – which is great. One of the questions I received from them was how to change the default icon and thumbnail for their […]

The Sitecore Symposium Experience For You

Jamie Stump, Parshva Vora, myself, and others from the Perficient family attended Sitecore Symposium this past week. We absorbed a lot of knowledge about what is upcoming with Sitecore 7.5 and Sitecore 8. The cadence communicated from Sitecore is around “experience”. The building blocks are being put in place for you, our clients, to help […]

Spaces in Binding String Causes Issues in Sitecore AD Module

Recently working with a client in which we installed the Sitecore Active Directory Module version 1.1 with a Sitecore 7.1 implementation. So after configuring the AD module in the client’s authoring environment, two issues existed. The first was we received a .NET error as follows -> [ArgumentException: Provider name cannot be null or empty.]. We […]

Testing Sitecore With Test Driven Code

Testing is a necessary difficulty that we all must endure. The practice of Test Driven Development (TDD) doesn’t always make testing easier but I firmly believe it makes the development of software more predictable and reliable. Throughout my career I’ve been a part of many teams, both those disciplined in good testing practices and others […]

Web Forms For Marketers, MVC, and the Sitecore Page Editor

It all starts with a series of problems – I want a Sitecore instance in MVC, I want to use Web Forms For Marketers (WFFM) with the MVC context, and I want my content authoring experience through the page editor to be straight forward. Well, thanks to this blog post from Chris van de Steeg, […]

A Sitecore CDN Integration Approach

Just as I was to place in some finishing touches on what was the first version of this blog post when I come across Tim Braga’s post on the same topic. Tim covers the details they performed to integrate their site with their CDN provider. This is a great post on the subject. So with […]

Sitecore, Microsoft Dynamics and Vantiv – What It Means For You?

On Monday, Microsoft along with Sitecore and Vantiv announced alliances that will impact your commerce options and capabilities for your Sitecore investment. Sitecore and Microsoft plan to build a new joint e-commerce integration between Sitecore’s Customer Engagement Platform (CEP) and Microsoft Dynamics to be able to provide improved channels for in-store and digital experiences. This […]

What Is In Your Sitecore Development Toolkit?

Pilots require dashboards. Carpenters depend on a great set of tools. Software artisans working with Sitecore need both. Scott Hanselman published his 2014 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows this past Saturday. I look forward to this blog post because it is a great gut check to review the tool set I like […]

For Whom Are Your Sitecore Translations For?

On a recent client engagement working with an existing Sitecore multi-site instance, a discussion took place on how to better manage the current translations process. The primary issue to be resolved was the overwriting of translation values on deployments. This was happening for translations entered during a specific time window between deployment label creation and actual […]

Sitecore as a Semantic Content Management System

Lately there has been no shortage of great discussions in the groups I associate with on LinkedIn. The one that caught my eye for this blog was a discussion post in LinkedIn’s Semantic Technologies Group -> https://www.linkedin.com/groups/What-CMS-would-you-recommend-138726.S.5797983861472251904 So it starts with a simple question –“What CMS would you recommend?” in the context of being a […]

Sitecore: Forcing Vanity URLs to Perform a 301 Redirect

A client of ours is performing a migration of their old site content onto their new Sitecore instance. The old site contained vanity URLs for their product catalog that they wanted to utilize for the new site. They wanted to send a 301 redirect for SEO and then display the new Sitecore item representing the product […]

Sitecore Search and Index Rebuild

This situation came up and was logged as a bug with a client. While I had been exposed to the issue at a previous client, other folks on the team were not as familiar and unsure what to do next as a result of the message. Due to that I figured I would put together […]

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