Fourth day of Christmas… Community Sites

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… Four Community Sites!

.. three Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

Community Docs

Built by the community, this documentation covers everything from MVC to xDB to SPEAK:

https://sitecore-community.github.io/docs/

Sitecore Community Forums

Built by Sitecore, powered by Telligent, these forums have gamification achievements built-in and the Sitecore product team monitors these forums, as well as the community itself. Great place to get some help when things aren’t a simple “Q&A”:

https://community.sitecore.net/

Sitecore Slack

Initially orchestrated in 2015, this community has grown over the last year into an amazing channel-based chat tool with over 1500 members sharing and helping each other out.

https://sitecorechat.slack.com

Sitecore Stack Exchange

Possibly the most impressive thing to come from the community this year was the creation of the Sitecore Stack Exchange. Thanks to a few key community members who drove the rapid rise of the community through Private Beta, the site is now in Public Beta. Anybody familiar with Stack Overflow or the rest of the Stack Exchange network will recognize the Q&A format.

http://sitecore.stackexchange.com/

*BONUS:* A Sitecore Stack Exchange post on ways to interact with the Community:

http://sitecore.stackexchange.com/questions/1689/how-can-i-connect-with-the-sitecore-community

Third day of Christmas… Maturity Models!

On the third day of Christmas my true blog gave to me… three maturity models!

.. two Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

Customer Experience Maturity Model

Sitecore released a maturity model a while back to guide organizations through the various stages of engaging a customer.  Great for seeing where you line up and how you can get to the next stage. You can download the PDF here:

Sitecore Customer Experience Maturity Model

DevOps Maturity Model

Last year I released a maturity model for continuous improvement of your DevOps practices. I use this as a guide for helping put together a roadmap for organizations looking to improve their delivery. Download it here:

DevOps Maturity Model

SEO Maturity Curve

Nothing like a little search engine optimization to ring in the holiday season! Details of SEO might be constantly changing, but the maturity of investment in SEO is always there. Check it out:

the-seo-maturity-model-across-microsoft

On the second day of Christmas… two Sitecore PaaS features

On the second day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… two Sitecore PaaS features: Redis Cache and Azure Search!

…and a Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

With Sitecore 8.2 Update 1, the PaaS offering shown at Symposium 2016 became available on Azure Marketplace along with ARM templates and much more.

I was interested by the introduction of Azure Search and Redis Cache. Azure Search basically renders the Lucene/SOLR discussion moot, and Azure Redis Cache brings about all kinds of capabilities for High Availability and Disaster Recovery as well as the sharing across a web farm.

Here are a few extra reads for the curious:

On the first day of Christmas… Sitecore in a NuGet Feed

On the first day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… Sitecore in a NuGet feed!

One of the great things announced this year was the Sitecore public NuGet feed for Sitecore DLLs. This really makes managing Sitecore dependencies on a project a lot easier and makes life deploying everywhere a whole lot simpler.

Here are a few extra reads for the curious: