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The Sitecore Community is one of the best communities we as a firm have been privileged to be a part of. For me, the community is amazing because of its people and their contributions to a greater goal. For what is a great community without amazing people all over the world? I have been working with Sitecore since version 6.2 in 2010 but I never really understood the hidden value of the community until 2017 when I attended an event. I did not realize there were so many different people working on amazing things willing to sacrifice their work and personal time in order to help you or teach you new knowledge. Like others, I was helped on Twitter and Slack on some of my craziest challenges as a Sitecore Architect.
What a week at Disney Swan Resort with Sitecore! Not only did we attend Sitecore Symposium 2018 and learn more about what is possible as well as how we can help firms get the most out of Sitecore; we also became a Sitecore affiliate partner. This affiliation will provide additional resources and support to create the optimal Sitecore solution based on your objectives and needs.
Our Partner Conference took place at the symposium in Orlando and we didn’t want to leave! There was a fantastic exchange of ideas with experts, Sitecore MVPs, and firms presenting on their successes. We wish we could have met more people and attended all of the sessions – maybe next year. With limited time, we focused on two exciting areas in Sitecore; Headless CMS and Machine Learning.
In one of my earlier articles, I talked about why your company or organization should adopt Sitecore as your Experience Platform. It’s a good platform for users, content authors, and developers to create compelling and engaging digital experiences as well as collect information on website traffic. Machine learning and analytics in personalized content are two of the most compelling features of Sitecore. In today’s world, companies, particularly the Fortune 500, require real-time analytics to help drive stakeholder goals.
Every Sitecore instance includes search. You cant avoid it. The question is which product or provider fits your needs and scales with your growth. Usually this comes down to environment (mostly your network), cost, and the team’s willingness to try out new cloud architectures. If your team has chosen Apache Solr then you have a range of ways of implementation. Most Sitecore customers tend to choose Solr for its free open source architecture however the trade off is more development hours than top tier commercial products.
Sitecore is quickly becoming a product where cloud and containers have a role to play. Now that companies are starting to master Sitecore Content Management, they need options for true cloud scale deployment. This is where docker and cloud services such as Azure or AWS come in.
Developers and IT administrators can create custom Docker compose scripts to ensure delivery follows the polices set by the enterprise. Below are the steps needed to get started with your first Sitecore Docker experience.