#Sitecore Symposium 2018 Day 4 #SitecoreSYM @ParagonDev

Another late night. Today the closing keynote looked at the future of Sitecore. Things are looking good and I am excited to use some of the new features that 9.1 will use. Today was the first day of the MVP summit and my first one. We visited Pandora. What a great surprise. Tomorrow I head home, a little wiser and more motivated. I have had a long career of many ups and downs, but the moments this week have been ones filled with some of the most ups ever. So here we go my day in pictures.

SIF What is next with Sitecore 9.1. A much-improved installation process. Also hear a graphical interface may be happening.

What is new in Sitecore 9.1?

Closing Keynote. No announcement where the next Symposium will be. I secretly hope Chicago, but I am guessing Las Vegas.

Pandora with my fellow MVP buddies:

Alright last day is tomorrow. Let’s do this.

#Sitecore Symposium 2018 Day 3 #SitecoreSYM @ParagonDev

Going to try and keep this short and sweet. Just got back from Universal Studios Walk and it is getting late.

Day started out with an organized 5k run. Pretty sure team Paragon won.

Lots of good presentations today.

Sarah Robb O’Hagan CEO of FlyWheel. What a great story and she is someone I can relate to with the whole fitness thing and all. I wonder if she will let me follow her on Strava.

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.NET CORE and Sitecore

Sitecore and Alexa Integration

JavaScript and JSS

Last, but not least party at Universal City Walk. I couldn’t believe how awesome it was. It was a good day to be an MVP as I got in to the fast lanes. I hope my wand works.

#Sitecore Symposium 2018 Day 2 #SitecoreSYM @ParagonDev

Second day of the Sitecore Symposium craziness is in the books. So many exciting things I got to see and do. So, I will try my best to tell it in pictures at a high level since it is past midnight here and I have to get up and run a race tomorrow.

The day started off with a run. I just kept going in circles. Still not a fan of running in Florida, but I was happy with my run.

The keynote was great. Looking forward to a lot of new things from Sitecore. Here are some highlights:

  • Sitecore and SalesForce has strengthened their partnership.
  • Cannondale Cycles site launched with a bike finder app that reads Garmin Data.
  • SickKids foundation is raising money to build a new hospital. Great charity.
  • NotImpossible is changing the peoples lives for the better. What a great company.
  • Sitecore has purchased StyleLabs to further their brand and infrastructure.

Presentation on Azure I attended.

Presentation on GDPR standards.

Presentation on world’s fastest Sitecore Deploy. (Fastest until we come up with something faster, lol).

The keynote speaker was amazing this year. Daymond John from Shark Tank really makes you think about things to apply to work and life. I wasn’t allowed to take any pics and post, so I will just give you his five tips for success.

S – Set Goals

H – Homework

A – Amor

R – Remember you are the brand

K – Keep on swimming

Last, but not least some drinks, food and swag just because.

Good night…

#Sitecore Symposium 2018 Day 1 #SitecoreSYM @ParagonDev

Sitecore Symposium 2018 is in full force. This year it is at Orlando. This one is special as this is the first one I am attending as an MVP. So here we go in pictures.

Welcome sign at the airport.

Meeting up with my awesome co-workers. We took a limo ride to the hotel thanks to Scott for winning a contest.

Staying at the Swan and Dolphin hotel. We had some time to kill before the festivities started.

Hey it’s Mickey Mouse!

Doing some biking for a great cause.

Food!

I want one of these pillows. Time for bed and maybe a run in the morning.

Sitecore Symposium for Newbies #SitecoreSYM @ParagonDev

So last year being my first Symposium I did not know what to expect. I know there will be a lot of new attendees this year, so I wanted to give you some advice to make it the best experience that it can be.

Network, Network, Network

Starting at the airport I must have made at least five contacts with people also travelling to the Symposium. Waiting for my plane and the bus to the hotel. Also, I met in person a few people I have talked to online. I even ran with one of them. Yes, running with someone is a good way to network. As you make connections always make sure you have a bunch of business cards with you, so they contact you for whatever reason. A lot of the people you will meet may be someone you work on a project with in the future or may need to reach out to for some help.

Get to Know Your Co-Workers.

A lot of us work remote and don’t interact with our co-workers daily. If we do it is usually via email, skype, slack, WebEx etc.… Being at the Symposium face to face with people you work with can help establish a better working relationship. The old saying a face with the name is never more so true in today’s world. I also ran with one of my co-workers.

Get some nice bling.

From the time you arrive at the Symposium to the time you leave there are so many things with different Sitecore branding that you can take with you. I collected several buttons, flashlights, a hotel key, small plastic beer mugs, glasses, ice cubes you name it with Sitecore logos on it. Not to mention I got a lot of cool stuff from all the vendors there. Including stuff like pop sockets and socks.

Give some nice bling.

I mentioned buttons above and this year I decided to do my own to trade and give out. I think this will not only be a good way to promote my blog site, but break the ice with several other attendees. The company I work for Paragon was giving out cool flashlights last year. I made sure to hand those out whenever I could.

Be comfortable and dress nice.

Working remote I honestly don’t dress business casual these days. The recommended dress for the Symposium is business casual. I normally wear running shoes, but I thought I would get something that was like a classic sneaker, but could also work with business casual attire. Well good-looking shoes does not equate to comfortable. I was in so much pain it got harder to walk around every day (you will do a lot of walking). I learned my lesson and this year I plan on wearing shoes that are broken in and comfortable. You can look up business casual attire since it is interpretation is open, but considering you will be representing your employer there you want to dress nice. I am fortunate enough to have shirts with Paragon’s logo on it.

See you all there!

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#Sitecore Symposium Day 4 #SitecoreSYM @ParagonDev

Well final day is done and I am sitting at the airport. To say that I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be part of the Sitecore Symposium is an understatement. I am so glad Paragon Consulting chose me to attend. I have a lot to learn about the new features of Sitecore, but that is my passion and I can’t wait to dive in. So just like the other posts here is my day in pictures.

I don’t do these pics ever, but I also don’t get this fancy because I am always coding.

It might not be web development, but there is a lot you can learn about marketing and utilize as you develop websites.

Did someone say headless? That is going to be so cool

Putting this here so I can actually read it.

Where is Rob?

There he is.

I always test my code. I am not kidding.

Well this had to finally come off, but I may still wear it from time to time.

See you next year?????

Sitecore Symposium Day 3 #SitecoreSYM @ParagonDev

In the city that never sleeps it was a great day from sunup to sunrise. I still can’t get over how awesome this event has been and how I look forward to the future with Sitecore. So here we go. My day in pictures.

First a run to start out the day. I ran into one of my coworkers and I followed her as she ran super-fast. Never thought I could run that fast feeling still full of last night’s dinner.

One of the best seminars I have heard about marketing. Lots of important information. We all have work to do.

This guy is hilarious. Always good to mix comedy with anything.

Keep on learning…

Thanks Paragon for providing lunch.

More learning. This time the Data Exchange Framework. My little area of expertise.

Scott Anderson Chief Marketing Officer of Sitecore. A big celebrity for us.

Mark Hamill is in the house. One of the greatest moments ever. What a great guy.

Finishing the night at the Omni.

Something you don’t see everyday.

On to day 4 and back home.

Sitecore Symposium Day 2 #SitecoreSYM #ParagonDev

I am writing this late at night. It has been a busy day. Some pictures below. Having an awesome day and learning and meeting so many in the Sitecore world.

A little early morning run to start the day.

#VegasStrong

My new developer running buddy from GeekHive.

Mark Frost CEO opening up the Sitecore Symposium.

A development track might be better than a running track.

Bloody Mary in the morning? Tomato juice and coffee go well together.

The Sitecore guru himself Kamruz.

Keep on learning.

I love dessert.

Sitecore Mints!!! My breath smelled like mints and great websites.

Keep on learning…

Paragon and our little microbrews.

Closeup because why not?

Dinner time. Italian family style.

Goodnight!

Sitecore Symposium Day 1 #SitecoreSYM #ParagonDev

First day of the Sitecore Symposium I am in awe. It was great to meet people I talk to virtually, catch up with current coworkers, old coworkers and meet new people. So here is Day 1 in pictures.

Is my head really that big? Seen at the baggage area of the airport.

Paragon developers meet Marilyn Monroe. Maybe she needs a Sitecore site?

If you close your eyes and go back to the 50s these guys were good. It was the 50s right?

I can’t take Darth Vader in a Jedi fight, but pretty sure I can beat him in a race.

This drink was called cloud 9. No alcohol, but it was good. Loved licking the sugar from the side.

Sitecore development would be super hard without Hedgehog software. I am taking one of the babies home with me.

Room with a view.

No white tiger sightings yet.

Good night. Going running in the morning and then learning lots of things during the day.