Developer track

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Sitecore Genius Station

Spend up to 30 minutes at no cost with a Sitecore software expert

Description

At Symposium, you can schedule time to speak with a Sitecore Solution Architect about your system architecture, Helix best practices or new development projects where you need some guidance. Bring any technical question you have and we'll do our best to help. Come to the Sitecore Genius Station to schedule up to 30 minutes at no cost.

What's New for Content Management in Sitecore’s Latest Release

Come discover… New content management features and capabilities of Sitecore.

Description

Sitecore Experience Platform latest release includes a number of new content management features. Alec Orlov, Sitecore Product Manager, will walk you through them.

Speaker(s)

Alec Orlov, Product Manager - Sitecore

What's New in Azure? Lots!

Come discover… The latest updates to Azure services and tooling, and how to leverage them as a Sitecore developer.

Description

Innovation in the cloud happens at a lightning pace. Features available today look vastly different than a few months ago and new or updated services seem available every time you open the Azure Portal. During this session, we’ll review many of the new Microsoft Azure features, and explore some of the new functionality now available via the Azure APIs and tooling updates. Finally, we’ll look at how to leverage Azure’s new capabilities within your Sitecore environment.

Speaker(s)

Michael Collier, Senior Software Development Engineer - Microsoft

Hands-on with Sitecore Commerce: What I’ve Learned

Come discover… Real-world experiences in developing on Sitecore Commerce.

Description

As an experienced full-stack Commerce developer and instructor, Brian Holmgård Kristensen has worked with some of the largest e-commerce projects in Denmark at Vertica A/S. Benefit from his learnings in this session, as he shares practical knowledge and advice on installation, architecture, extensibility/customization, integration points, performance, and much more.

Speaker(s)

Brian Holmgård Kristensen, Senior Developer - Vertica A/S

Introduction to Sitecore Commerce Latest Generation

Come discover… What's new in the latest version of Sitecore Commerce.

Description

Sitecore Commerce latest release builds on the microservices architecture that debuted with version 8.2.1 earlier in 2017. It will be the first release entirely on this new platform - without the legacy code of Commerce Server - and adds Catalog, Inventory, and Customer subsystems. In this session, we will demonstrate these new aspects and show a new approach to the Commerce business tools for merchandizers.

Speaker(s)

Kerry Havas, Senior Project Manager - Sitecore

Technical Deep Dive: SXA

Come discover… How SXA works and what's in the works.

Description

Join the architect of SXA to hear how it was designed and what new aspects will be introduced over the upcoming quarter. There will be specific focus on the updated Creative Exchange, and Cross-Site Content, multi-site management tools that will allow for easy rollouts.

Speaker(s)

Adam Najmanowicz, Senior Product Manager - Sitecore
Mark Van Aalst, Sr. Technical Evangelist - Sitecore

Introduction to Sitecore Marketing Automation

Come discover… What marketing automation can do for you.

Description

Build timely, relevant, and personalized experiences for your customers. In this session, we will , see how automation applies to your business needs, and learn some of the fundamentals and strategies to help you get started building your own automation campaigns. We will also show how automation can be customized to integrate with your existing services. This is a session for marketers and their developer friends.

Speaker(s)

David Hughes, Product Manager - Sitecore
Alistair Deneys, Lead Developer, Product Delivery - Sitecore

 

How the new XPF Service APIs power your mission to create amazing customer experiences

Come discover… The new and updated underlying API stack of the Sitecore Experience Platform

Description

From collection and segmentation to marketing automation, the XP Foundation offers several new and upgraded service APIs to power your mission to create amazing customer experiences. Learn how to leverage the same APIs used by Sitecore products to discover on act your customer’s experiences.

Speaker(s)

Todd Mitchell, Senior Product Manager - Sitecore

Security in Azure: Make Sitecore a Hard Target: Securing Azure PaaS & Beyond

Come discover… How automation in Azure can be put to use to secure Sitecore PaaS implementations.

Description

Sitecore publishes security-hardening practices, but how does one apply this guidance to an Azure PaaS implementation of Sitecore? What additional considerations does the PaaS landscape raise? Rackspace will share how they approach automation in Azure to secure Sitecore PaaS projects, with practical security-hardening practices you can put to use immediately.

Speaker(s)

Grant Killian, Architect and Kelly Rusk, Engineer - Rackspace

Introduction to SXA Storefront

Description

Coming soon!

Speaker(s)

Soren Kerrn, Senior Product Manager - Sitecore; Rob Earlam, Technical Evangelist - Sitecore

Coming soon: New extension points

Description

Coming soon!

Speaker(s)

Niels Kühnel, Product Consultant - Sitecore

Deploying Sitecore to Microsoft Azure

Come discover… Options for deploying Sitecore to Azure.

Description

Full integration of Sitecore on the Microsoft Azure Platform, opens up a whole new world of opportunity. However, it also brings a myriad of new questions as to how this can be achieved. Join this session to learn the different ways Sitecore can be deployed to Azure, from completely controlling it yourself via PowerShell scripts and ARM templates to deploying via the Azure Marketplace where no deep technical knowledge is required.

Speaker(s)

Ciaran McAuliffe, Senior Project Manager - Sitecore

Technical Deep Dive: Building Connectors for the latest release of Sitecore Commerce

Come discover… How to extend Sitecore Commerce functionality with custom plugins.

Description

Sitecore Commerce is built on the notion of opt-in complexity—you only install what you need to achieve your aims and you can grow that functionality easily over time. In addition to utilizing Sitecore plugins, customers and partners can add their own functionality by building plugins to cater to specific verticals or markets. In this session, we’ll show how plugins are built for Sitecore Commerce using SDK examples.

Speaker(s)

Brandon Hubbard, Product Manager - Sitecore

Upgrading to the latest version of Sitecore

Come discover… How to update to the next generation of Sitecore.

Description

Sitecore has been investing in improving and simplifying the experience of upgrading a Sitecore server. This session will demonstrate how to upgrade a Sitecore 8 server to the latest version, and will provide information on how to plan your own upgrade.

Speaker(s)

Alexey Vaschenko, Product Manager - Sitecore

Effective DevOps for Sitecore

Come discover… How to handle change management and collaboration during the Sitecore development process.

Description

Properly handling change management and collaboration can often make the difference between a successful and a failed implementation. In this session, innovators from Comcast, Connective DX, and Hedgehog will share their experiences building, maintaining, and deploying some of the largest and most complex Sitecore installations in the world.

Speaker(s)

Moderator: Jason St-Cyr - Sitecore
Panelists: Joseph Bissol, Comcast; Kam Figy, ConnectiveDX; Derek Hunziker, Hedgehog

Implementing Sitecore Solutions with Helix

Come discover… How to effectively implement Helix principles in your Sitecore implementation.

Description

Join Sitecore Senior Product Manager Thomas Eldblom and a panel of MVPs and Sitecore experts in a discussion around the Sitecore Development Experience and the official conventions and principles for Sitecore development, codename Helix. What’s great, what’s good, and what’s missing - we’ll cover it all.

Speaker(s)

Moderator: Thomas Eldblom - Sitecore
Panelists: Ruud van Falier - ParTech; Neil Shack - Coretec Digital ; Dan Solovay - Velir

Coming soon: New features for front-end developers

Description

Coming soon!

Speaker(s)

Nick Wesselman, Platform Architect - Sitecore

Sizing Sitecore Deployments on Microsoft Azure

Come discover… How to size Sitecore running on Azure PaaS.

Description

Azure offers the ability to easily scale up and down in ways that are impossible in on-premises installations. But with this power comes the risk of undersizing - which affects user experience - and oversizing, which can result in unnecessary charges. This session will help you understand the sizing options available when running Sitecore on Azure, and offer tips on how to determine the right size for your implementation.

Speaker(s)

Ciaran McAuliffe, Senior Product Manager - Sitecore

Coming soon: Details on updated architecture and scalability

Description

Coming soon!

Speaker(s)

David Morrison, Product Consultant - Sitecore

Coming soon: Exciting product updates

Description

Coming soon!

Speaker(s)

Hylke Heidstra, Senior Product Manager - Sitecore
Pieter Brinkman, Senior Director Technology Evangelism

Building Sitecore Solutions that Scale and Perform

Come discover… The secrets of successful large-scale implementations.

Description

Scalability and performance are two critical aspects of success Sitecore implementations. This session features a panel of Sitecore experts who will share their experience, expertise and knowledge on how to plan, build and support complex, large-scale Sitecore sites.

Speaker(s)

Moderator: David Morrison - Sitecore
Panelists: Sebastian Winter, Metro Systems; Rob Ahnemann, Rightpoint; Jakob Leander, Avanade

Sitecore & IoT (Internet of Things)

Come discover… How to take advantage of the rising and maturing IoT landscape and how to convert the stream of signals into valuable insights.

Description

Hardly a day goes by without an announcement of a new Internet-connected device. This panel will bring together a group of Sitecore experts who have integrated Sitecore with the IoT ecosystem and worked on putting the collected data to work with machine learning and AI. They'll share their experiences and offer inspiration on how you can use this fascinating technology to meet your digital marketing objectives.

Speaker(s)

Moderator: Morten Ljungberg - Sitecore
Panelists: Bas Lijten, Achmea; Pavel Veller, EPAM; Jason Wilkerson, RBA Consulting

Coming soon: exciting technologies to get to nirvana

Description

Coming soon!

Speaker(s)

Alex Shyba, Director of Platform Innovation and Engineering & Adam Weber, Advanced Innovations Developer - Sitecore

Technical Deep Dive: Sitecore Azure Toolkit

Come discover… A new tool that facilitates deploying Sitecore to Azure PaaS.

Description

Sitecore Azure Toolkit allows customers to package and deploy Sitecore solutions to Microsoft Azure and provides out-of-the-box integration with Azure services such as Application Insights, Redis Cache Service, and Azure Search. This session will show you how to package your own modules and implementations for deployment to the cloud.

Speaker(s)

Ciaran McAuliffe, Senior Project Manager and Tamas Varga, Consultant - Sitecore

XPF, Machine Learning, and Wizardry

Come discover… Integrate Machine Learning algorithms with xDB.

Description

With the omni-channel collection power of XPF, how can you resist applying the magic of machine learning to discover customer segments, recommend products, or perform other fun wizardry? We could not, so during this session we’ll cover how you can pair the services of XPF with machine learning to make sense of the customer behavioral data.

Speaker(s)

Todd Mitchell, Senior Product Manager and Niels Kühnel, Platform Architect - Sitecore

Functional and Non-Functional Testing in Sitecore: Component Level, Page Level and Beyond

Come discover… How to QA your way to a cleaner implementation.

Description

A Sitecore component travels through numerous test environments before being deployed to a live site. But functional and non-functional bugs - such as those affecting privacy and accessibility - still get through. We have had success with a componentized QA process that avoids this problem and ensures that no untested code makes it to a client-facing environment. Come learn how we do it.

Speaker(s)

Anastasiya Flynn, Sitecore Architect and Viktoria Shostak, Manager, Quality Assurance & Business Analysis - BrainJocks

Sitecore Cognitive Services: A more intelligent Sitecore

Come discover… How machine learning can make a major impact on your business.

Description

The age of practical machine learning is upon us. Find out how easy it is to integrate powerful new tools into your Sitecore system to make it more intelligent. When Sitecore can understand your content, it can take action, make educated decisions and even talk back.

Speaker(s)

Mark Stiles, Principal Web Developer - Velir

Technical Deep Dive: Building Connectors with Sitecore Data Exchange Framework

Come discover… How to build your own connectors.

Description

Data Exchange Framework offers the ability to incorporate third-party data into Sitecore in a standard, configurable way. This session shows you how to build your own connector, so you can start integrating omni-channel data from any system with Sitecore.

Speaker(s)

Adam Conn, Director, Technical Product Management - Sitecore

Achieving a Unified Digital Experience Using Federated Experience Manager

Come discover… How to unify the personalization and analytics across all your domains.

Description

Your brand has numerous digital presences: some in Sitecore and some not. Using Sitecore's Federated Experience Manager (FXM), you can achieve a single view of your customer, regardless of whether the digital experience is delivered by Sitecore or another system. The FXM Beacon enables you to bring Sitecore's personalization and tracking features to those digital presences that are not delivered by Sitecore. This demo-focused session will show you how.

Speaker(s)

Benjamin Adamski, Software Engineering Group Manager - Avanade

Build mobile apps for Sitecore with Xamarin

Come discover… How to design and build mobile apps that interact with Sitecore.

Description

Access to business processes and content from mobile devices in the field is no longer a nice-to-have, but a must-have. This session will cover how to incorporate Sitecore content into mobile apps, and how to collect information from mobile app users that can be used in Sitecore.

Speaker(s)

Roberto Ferrer, Director of Web Technology and Stefano Tempesta, VP of Engineering - EF Education First

Implementing xDB and EXM in Denmark's largest bank

Come discover… How to implement Sitecore in a highly secure environment.

Description

Implementing the Sitecore platform takes on new meaning in the context of a highly secure environment. Join Lars Erhardsen and Rune Alblas of Implicit ApS to hear how they set up xDB and EXM in Denmark’s largest bank, including key insights into architecture and solution design.

Speaker(s)

Rune Alblas, CEO and Lars Erhardsen, CTO - Implicit ApS

A Day in the Life of a Sitecore Developer

Come discover ... how to tap into and capitalize on the Sitecore Developer ecosystem

Description

Join Sitecore developer, Chris Nielsen, for a discussion on how new Sitecore developers can get up and running fast in a growing community — and how seasoned Sitecore developers can constantly advance their knowledge. This session will show how developers of all skill levels can take advantage of tools, best practices, communities, and professional development to benefit themselves, their employers, and their clients.

Speaker(s)

Eric Stoll, CEO and Chris Nielsen, Consultant, Arke

Meet Your New Best Friend: The Sitecore Rules Engine

Come discover ... one of the best kept secrets in the Sitecore Experience Platform

Description

The rules engine is one of Sitecore's most powerful features, and yet it is seldom utilized. The rules engine can be leveraged to do everything from writing more reusable code and improving the content authoring experience to even increasing SEO. In this session, I will provide the audience with an overview of how to setup rules in Sitecore, dive into practical client-driven examples of how to bring your rules to life with code, and show some working solutions and the benefits they provide. You will leave this session armed with the tools needed to hit the ground running incorporating the rules engine when you return to work.

Speaker(s)

Jeffrey Rondeau, CMS Engineering Team Lead - Sitecore

A futuristic showcase of the omni-channel capabilities of Sitecore XP

Come discover...where personalization and profiling meet ML, AI and next gen tech awesome!

Description

Make the most out of Sitecore XP - take personalization and profiling to the next level! Experience the capabilities of Sitecore and its omni-channel power in a way that you have never seen before!

Speaker(s)

Rob Habraken, Technical Manager / Consultant - Colours; Bas Lijten, Principal Architect - Achmea

Implementing Sitecore on Microsoft Azure PaaS at incredible scale

Come discover ... remarkable scale and how to achieve it

Description

1,000,000,000 customers. 20 brands. 100+ countries. 1,000+ websites. 500+ Microsoft Azure web apps. Learn how Valtech is pioneering a massive implementation of Sitecore on Azure as a fully hosted PaaS solution, encompassing: SQL services, web apps, Azure search, ARM provisioning, Redis, xDB, and more—the first of its kind at this scale. 100 of our Sitecore developers are using automated devOps and QA, HELIX, SXA, and more, pushing each platform’s limits at a remarkable scale.

Speaker(s)

Jasper van den Bosch, DevOps Lead; Glen McInnis, VP Technology; Bart Plasmeijer Software Architect; Simon Jones, Senior Consultant, Technical Delivery - Valtech

SiteXam: Getting Started with Sitecore and Xamarin for Mobile Apps

Come discover ... How to design and build mobile apps that interact with Sitecore.

Description

Almost exactly a year ago today StatCounter reported for the first time that more users around the world accessed the internet through their mobile devices than their desktop computers. We all knew it was coming!

Technical teams need to be prepared to deliver on the promise of the mobile web on Sitecore. This session explains the foundations you need to get started and explores some of the possibilities of the Sitecore mobile SDK and Xamarin.

Speaker(s)

Nick Allen, Solution Architect - Valtech