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Ignition 3.0 Is Coming!

Development for Ignition 3 has started! We are working on the next iteration of Ignition, now to be called Ignition.Framework. There are going to be a number of fundamental changes to the core architecture, including even more in the way of abstractions and dependency management, more flexibility than was already there, and a reduction in […]

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Sitecore Symposium 2017: What’s New In Azure?

What’s New In Azure? This session was led by Michael Collier. He talked about some of the new features in the Azure portal. The following are my notes from the session: Storage Service Encryption Data encrypted at rest Can have automatic key management Automatically encrypted on save and read Vulnerability Assessment in SQL Runs scans […]

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Sitecore Symposium 2017: Sitecore Experience Cloud Video

The video below highlights the resulting experience from using the Sitecore Experience Cloud rather than all the features, but it’s a good way to think about it. For all you geeks in the crowd, pay attention to the link URL and look at the SC_camp id. Sitecore is following their own best practices on this […]

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Sitecore Symposium 2017: Cognitive Services, Deeper Intelligence

Microsoft Cognitive Services provides a wide range of cool tools. They are all available via API. Sitecore continues to evolve. It’s no longer just a content management system. It’s evolving into a content learning system. The Sitecore Symposium 2017 presenter took an image and uploaded it and had it analyzed. It understood that it was […]

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Sitecore Symposium 2017: Commerce with Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic stood up two separate websites on Sitecore Commerce. Ravi Nadimpally, a solutions architect at Mayo Clinic, participated in the presentation. Commerce and a hospital you say? It has to do with health newsletters and other books and services. It’s a relatively small site but it plays into Mayo Clinic’s superb brand and the ongoing […]

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Sitecore Symposium 2017: Atlantis The Palm and 5-Star Experiences

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai strives to deliver its guest an endless array of bucket-list experiences with a huge amount of rooms, more than 20 restaurants, and other resort options. Of course, they need a platform to match and to provide a personalized omnichannel experience. Hershna Langworth, Director, Online Marketing, Christopher Pascoe, Manager, Online Marketing, and Ravini […]

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Sitecore Symposium 2017: Kirsten Newbold-Knipp from Gartner

Kirsten Newbold-Knipp, Research Director, Gartner, started out her session at Sitecore Symposium 2017 highlighting both good and bad customer experiences. The following are my notes: Key question: Who did you tell the last time you had a bad customer experience? The answer is probably, a lot. Statistic: 81% of marketing leaders expect to compete almost completely […]

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Sitecore Symposium 2017: Globalize Your Message with Localization

Meena Verma, Global Digital Marketing Manager at Alpha Assembly Solutions, gave a presentation on localization with Digital Marketing. She takes an approach of meeting your customers’ needs. The following are my notes from the session: Your translation strategy should include: Internationalization: ensure source content is ready for multiple languages Localization: cultural adaptation of a target language […]

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Sitecore Symposium 2017: Journey to Customer Experience Success

A Sitecore Symposium 2017 speaker today addressed the journey to customer experience success. The following are my notes: The presentation started by imagining a day in 2027: Wake up early Coffee is ready and at the right temperature Looks at his family status His daughter has an increased temperature. Made changes to calendar Food algorithm […]

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Sitecore Symposium 2017: Guest Keynote

Today’s Guest Keynote at the 2017 Sitecore Symposium featured Kenneth Cukier, author of Big Data. The following are my notes from the session: Question: Is AI overhyped, underhyped, or don’t know? Over: about 6% Under: about 7% Don’t know: Not enough to add up to 100% Story: Nascar racing has a couple key questions. One […]

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Sitecore Symposium 2017 Kickoff

The 2017 Sitecore Symposium kicked off with a video highlighting multiple customers wanting to be free: To get the things they want To be understood Mark Frost, new CEO of Sitecore, kicked it off. He spoke about significant tech improvements that help brands connect with their customers. Stats: 2,900 attendees from 57 countries 600 companies […]

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Sitecore Super User Roles

There are often times when we need to have what I would call super users in Sitecore environments – users that need access to pretty much everything without being logged in as a Sitecore admin. Below is the list of roles a super user should be a member of along with Sitecore’s explanation of what […]

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Publishing Info Stats for Sitecore Items

Publishing information, like who published what and when they published it, isn’t readily available in the Sitecore item information. To find this information we typically have to look into the log.* files. A client requested that publish date and publish author be added to the item information. To accomplish this I found 2 very helpful […]

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Multiple email addresses for Workflow notifications

Workflows in Sitecore are an integral part of the content approval process. The email notification action is an important part of that process, in that it lets content approvers know that something is waiting for their attention. Out-of-the-box implementations of the notification actions only support a single email address to receive the messages. This can […]

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Developing for Ignition – Business Logic

Ignition is an open source framework for Sitecore, developed by Perficient. It follows industry best practices for architecture and dependencies. It is fast and easy for developers to build new content components. Search blogs.perficent.com for more articles about Ignition or check out the online documentation. In this article I will continue using my “ContentBlurb” component […]

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Videos – Enhancing the Patient Journey at #HIMSS16

  You better believe that patient engagement & empowerment, patient 360 and connected health will be making the Sands Expo and Convention center buzz next week as the annual HIMSS conference kicks off. Connected health engages patients outside the walls of the traditional medical setting, which for the average patient is 99% of the time. […]

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Digital Transformation Key to Future Success – Are You Ready?

As Mark Polly discussed in a recent blog post, a newly published study by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services shows that digital leaders are more likely to be successful than followers or laggards. There are many ways a company can improve its digital leadership. For example, CIOs can create a digital advisory board comprised of […]

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Engage With Patients And Physicians Through Sitecore

  Let’s face it: The web is one of the most powerful tools available to life sciences companies for connecting with patients and physicians. The more empowered patients become to act as their own advocate, the more they search the web for information. The busier physicians become, the less time they have for pharmaceutical reps, […]

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The Top 5 Reasons Why Content Strategy Matters

Something happened while we were all madly getting websites up and running. They evolved. At the same time sites evolved, users expectations evolved as they wanted more than just a simple site. Users recognized the value of sites that provide content. They began to visit sites that were less about mass marketing and more about […]

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Customer Engagement: Harnessing Disruption

This week I’m attending Customer Engagement World in New York. “The Customer is the New Boss” is Lawrence Dvorchik’s theme for Customer Engagement World. But hasn’t the customer always been the boss? We always say customer is the boss, but our engagements methods rarely reflect this. Too often companies are trying to engage in a one-way […]

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