Sitecore 10 benefits for Content Strategists and Digital Marketers

Everything brands need to deliver and evolve experiences in a fully integrated solution. Adapt quickly based on contextual insights through Horizon and deploy data-informed updates or new experience elements faster than ever before.

If you want a quick overview of the whole release, check out Sitecore 10 Highlights article. In the following article, we’re going to drill down into the changes and benefits for the technical teams of content strategists, authors, and marketers.

While a lot of the big changes in the release address technology delivery, there are several new enhancements that allow marketing teams to quickly evolve experiences and have a better flow with their existing tools.

See the promo!

The Sitecore corporate YouTube channel dropped a 2-minute promo video all about delivering the ultimate customer experience with Sitecore 10:

You can also see the official sitecore.com What’s New? page https://www.sitecore.com/whats-new

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Sitecore 10 benefits for Developers, DevOps and IT

Deliver more rapidly to accelerate digital experience success with new features — from container infrastructure orchestration to integrated data and marketing functionality.

If you want a quick overview of the whole release, check out Sitecore 10 highlights article. In the following article, we’re going to drill down into the changes and benefits for the technical teams of developers, DevOps professionals, and IT staff.

Take a tour!

In this video, Nick Wesselman provides a quick tour for developers of the new stuff in Sitecore 10:

Nick also has a great overview in his LinkedIn article Sitecore 10.0 Released: A Great Day for Sitecore Developers.

Continuous Delivery with Sitecore Containers

First announced as supported in Sitecore 9.3, Sitecore 10 brings about new tools from Sitecore on how to adopt a container approach in your delivery flow. Why are containers important? In general, if you’ve been doing your development with virtual machines or local installations, moving to a Docker-driven development and infrastructure flow will be a huge benefits for you. In general, you can address four major areas:

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Sitecore 10 highlights

With the release of Sitecore 10 there are enhancements and innovations that help create efficiencies for both Marketing and IT teams – providing tools that help teams launch and evolve unique experiences that drive successful engagements.

“With Sitecore 10.0, the focus has been on new innovations for usability, accelerated time to market, and improved performance with features for both Marketing and IT.

Everything brands need to deliver experiences is in a fully-integrated solution–allowing brands to work more efficiently.

IT and Marketing can align timelines to accelerate customer experience success by using everything from container infrastructure orchestration to integrated data and marketing functionality. Brands can also evolve experiences quickly based on contextual insights through Horizon and deploy data-informed updates or new experience elements faster than ever before.”

Jason St-Cyr. Everybody loves a little product marketing speak!

Now let’s take a look at what’s in the box!

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Should we host Sitecore on IaaS or PaaS? (Jan 2020)

This started as a question on the community forums, and my answer got so long I decided to capture it here as well.

In general, when you are choosing an infrastructure model the first question you need to ask is what your team is comfortable having responsibility over, and what your organization is willing to pay to have somebody else worry about. You could do it in-house, pay a managed services group or Sitecore partner, or have Sitecore do things for you. Figure out what your team wants to have responsibility for and then that will guide you towards the best hosting model for your production environment.

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Sitecore Symposium 2019 – So you think you can DevOps?

This year at Sitecore Symposium we launched a new DevOps track, with two rooms of sessions delivering what you need for day-to-day tactical solutions, but also bigger-picture, strategic guidance. Do you want to know how to deploy your code with Azure DevOps? We got you covered. Or maybe you are wondering how to fit an agile process into a waterfall organization? We got you there too! This track can appeal to both the technical and the business, it’s not all about Solr (though we got that too, thanks Jeremy!)

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I am really proud of the sessions that Rob Earlam and I selected for the track this year, I think we have a little bit of something for everybody. Below, find your guide to all things DevOps at this year’s event!

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xConnect Upgrade to 9.2 – Where did the web request handlers go?

Recently, I needed to update my xConnect Tutorial from 9.0 to 9.2 so I could start looking at the new data purge API (more on that another day). I figured it should be an easy enough upgrade, my tutorial wasn’t doing anything complicated. Just some basic Create Contact or Register Interaction stuff.

So, I did the usual:

  1. Update Target Framework from 4.6.2 to 4.7.2
  2. Change all the NuGet references to the 9.2 packages
  3. Recompile
  4. Squint at all the red compile errors from doing an upgrade…

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Are you ready for the MongoDB 3.4 EOL?

If you are running Sitecore version 8.2.x, you are running MongoDB 3.4. Unfortunately, that also means you are impacted by the announcement by MongoDB that version 3.4 will reach end-of-life in January 2020.

You have some options on how you want to fix this and it sort of depends on how much tolerance your organization has for running production systems that don’t have commercial support from the vendor.

Over on the Sitecore Technical Marketing blog, I outlined a variety of options and provided a few FAQ answers:

 

Preparing your CMS infrastructure for traffic spikes

We’re living in the days of “going viral.” Consumers move faster than ever, and businesses need to be ready to respond to sudden demand the moment it arrives—or risk losing out to competitors.

The right endorsement from the right person can generate global exposure and cause unprecedented numbers of people to flock to your site, with little or no prior warning.

Take Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show in 2017—millions of people saw her backup dancers in Steve Madden boots and rushed online to order them. That can amount to more traffic than most people dream of in a year, all arriving in seconds.

Major televised events are only one piece of the puzzle. In the modern digital world, digital marketing is aimed purposefully at trying to create demand–and businesses need to be ready to scale up to meet sudden successes from the drop of a tweet.

Crucially, it’s not just about bearing the weight of enormous traffic spikes. It’s about being able to innovate, and capitalize on sudden demand at a moment’s notice. One great way to do that is to leverage cloud hosting for your CMS.

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