Post Sitecore DX 2023 Discussion with Our Sitecore MVPs

In this episode of the Sitecore Water Cooler podcast, Sitecore MVPs sit down to discuss all of the recent and exciting events in Minneapolis, which included the Sitecore MVP Summit, Sitecore DX, and SUGCON North America. Hosted by Sitecore Project Manager and MVP Maggie Burke, the episode’s guests, including James Gregory, Mohammed Syam, Gaurav Agarwal, and Global Sitecore Practice Director Jonathan Price, reflect on their key takeaways and favorite moments from the week. 

Perspectives on the Sitecore MVP Summit

During the Sitecore MVP Summit, attendees expressed their enthusiasm for the event's in-person nature, relishing the return to face-to-face interactions after a period of remote sessions. The week was characterized by jam-packed schedules, insightful sessions, and the sense of a community reunion. MVP Summit started the week with exclusive content for 2023 Sitecore MVPs, where certain NDA-bound sessions left a mark. The sessions they could discuss included Ruby's presentation on Sitecore's "Psychotherapy and Discover," introducing valuable insights. Additionally, James noted the introduction of a language model into Sitecore's search capabilities, enhancing Q&A features. Overall, the event fostered a strong sense of community and collaboration.

SUGCON North America 2023 Recap

SUGCON (Sitecore User Group Conference) provided a wealth of insights and valuable takeaways. Key sessions highlighted the roadmap for Sitecore's evolution, such as support for the content management system going forward, even as they embrace cloud offerings like XM Cloud Plus and Sitecore Accelerate. Sitecore's commitment to the XP traditional stack reassured clients, indicating continued support and enhancements. Live demos were a standout, offering real-time insights into topics like extending Sitecore through custom apps and improving the migration process. The introduction of the block system, facilitating seamless theming integration, was a highlight, while the session on Sitecore Connect showcased creating custom connectors and their out-of-the-box utilization. SUGCON brought invaluable real-world insights and hands-on experiences to the Sitecore community.

Highlights from Sitecore DX 2023

Sitecore DX 2023 was packed with standout moments and exceptional insights. Throughout the week, favorite moments included networking, the MVP program video, and checking out the smooth venue close to the airport. There was a sense of community and excitement about the future of Sitecore, with CEO Steve Tzikakis’s keynote sessions revealing strategic plans and commitments to existing products. The announcement of XM Cloud Plus, integration possibilities for custom apps, and a focus on migration were also highlights. Moreover, Sitecore MVPs shared their collective experience of spending time together, enjoying the camaraderie, and looking forward to Sitecore Symposium 2024 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Highlights from Sitecore DX 2023 Director’s Sessions

Sitecore DX brought a plethora of insights during its director's sessions. Notable was the announcement of "XM Cloud Plus," signaling Sitecore's commitment to smoother product integration within the SAS offerings. The introduction of "XM Cloud Plus" and "Sitecore Accelerate" marked significant steps towards consolidating content management, search, and personalization. Another highlight was the integration of features like automatic text for videos, image metadata, intent-based content searches, and personalized recommendations across Sitecore products. Notably, Sitecore reassured customers about the continued support and updates for the traditional XP stack. Furthermore, accolades for’s work with United Airlines and Nordson added to the excitement of the event.

Stay Connected with the Sitecore Community

This episode provides an insightful recap of Sitecore DX 2023, highlighting key takeaways and standout moments. Notable sessions included Tzikakis’s keynote's announcements of XM Cloud Plus and commitment to existing products, along with insights into extending Sitecore using custom apps. The community and networking were central to the experience, fostering a sense of camaraderie. MVPs celebrated their achievements and the future of Sitecore, with Nashville's Symposium on the horizon. The episode invites readers to remain engaged and look forward to upcoming events, underscoring the continued vibrancy and innovation within the Sitecore community.

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