Author: danmurphy10

Expose Dictionary items in Sitecore Experience Editor

Expose Dictionary items in Sitecore Experience Editor

I frequently make heavy use of Dictionary items in my content architecture for chrome content that does not often need to be updated and that may need translated versions so we can cut down the number of managed data fields a content author needs to see on a daily basis. Currently, it is not easy to know where Dictionary items may have been used on a page. New content authors are often unaware that certain values are editable and even experienced content authors have to search for an item in the Dictionary tree, hoping that items were clearly named and organized. Sometimes, certain roles don’t even have access to this folder at all.

Making the items more explicit in Experience Editor solves this problem!

In collaboration with fellow Sitecore MVP Mark Stiles, we have created a method for allowing Dictionary items to be identified and edited without leaving Experience Editor.

  1. Add new option to the View tab for “Show Dictionary items”
  2. When “Show Dictionary items” in selected, display a Dictionary icon linked to the corresponding Dictionary item
  3. When clicking on a Dictionary item value, reveal a custom experience button that allows access to a modal where the Dictionary item can be edited without having to leave Experience Editor.

This has had an immediate impact on content authoring for the sites we have used this method on so far, reducing the number steps takes to complete the task.

If you are interested in adding this feature to your solution see the GitHub and Marketplace module.

Impressions from Sitecore Symposium 2019

Impressions from Sitecore Symposium 2019

This was my third time at Sitecore Symposium as a speaker and it is interesting to compare the experience year-over-year-over-year, especially at the same venue the second year running! Plenty of buzz Velir’s booth with our theme of storytelling and how we can use Sitecore to better communicate those stories and foster human connection in a digital world. Some of the highlights were talks by Platon, Dr. Rana el Kaliouby, and Paige O’Neill.

As usual, it was great opportunity to learn more about the latest release of Sitecore and what’s on the future road map. Some themes emerged that I am really excited about.

Looking forward to installing Horizon (Sitecore’s author experience overhaul initiative) as part of next Sitecore release which promises anew interface that will be more intuitive, reduce context switching between Experience Editor and Content Editor, and integrate page level analytics to provide better context for making decisions.

ContentHub promises platform maturity, owning more of the creative process and end-to-end tasks so content authors need not work in as many solutions. In particular, CMP is and its evolution will be something to watch. And finally, machine learning is beginning to be applied for practical use in the authoring and personalization space via Sitecore AI. Some call it magic, we just call it science.

Overall, I walked away encouraged and excited to be part of what comes next!

Sitecore MVP 2019

Sitecore MVP 2019

Humbled and pleased to announce that I’ve been again named a “Most Valuable Professional (MVP)” by Sitecore® for a second year running (2018, 2019), winning in the area of the Strategy. A lot of hard work and focus on solving clients’ problems via the Sitecore platform has paid off once again. Looking forward to another active year in the community!

Some info about the program below:

Now in its 13th year, Sitecore’s MVP program recognizes exceptional professionals from the Sitecore community who actively share their expertise of Sitecore products to advance the future of customer experience and drive organizational change. A distinguished group of 315 Sitecore experts from the more than 12,000 certified developers and more than 20,000 active community participants, Sitecore MVPs’ are awarded for the quality, quantity, and level of impact of the contributions they make by sharing their product expertise and mastery of the Sitecore platform with other Sitecore partners and customers.

“The Sitecore community is renown as a place where members can easily collaborate and benefit from the vision and technical knowledge of one another,”

Pieter Brinkman, Senior Director of Technical Marketing at Sitecore.

“Within this community, MVPs set the standard of excellence for product expertise, enthusiasm, and willingness to donate time and energy to help customers and partners realize the full power of the Sitecore platform. Their passion is instrumental to the ongoing success of the Sitecore ecosystem.”

The Sitecore Experience Platform™ combines web content management, omnichannel digital delivery, insights into customer activity and engagement, and strategic digital marketing tools into a single, unified platform. Sitecore Experience Commerce™ natively integrates content and commerce so brands can fully personalize and individualize the end-to-end shopping experience before, during, and after the transaction. Both platforms capture in real time every minute interaction—and intention—that customers and prospects have with a brand across digital and offline channels. The result is that Sitecore customers are able to use the platform to engage with prospects and customers in a highly personalized manner, earning long-term customer loyalty.

More information can be found about the MVP Program on the Sitecore MVP site: http://mvp.sitecore.com

Impressions from Sitecore Symposium 2018

Impressions from Sitecore Symposium 2018

This was my second time at Sitecore Symposium as a speaker and it was interesting to compare the experience year-over-year. I’d been to a SUGCON in New Orleans and Berlin which were more developer solutioning focused, but Symposium in comparison is a much more curated production with a lot more insights and tips on offer for analysts, strategists, and business users. As one of my colleagues puts it, “SUGCON is a music festival and Symposium is a rock concert”. Rock You Like a Hurricane should have been the theme song this year consider the storm that blew through Florida. Despite the storm plenty of folks showed up to hear Mark Stiles and I deliver a talk on supercharging your author experience with Machine Learning. Lots of great questions, comments, and even a few solid leads we are pursuing at Velir!

This was my first Sitecore Symposium as an MVP, and it was great opportunity to learn more about the latest release of Sitecore and what’s on the future road map. Some themes emerged that I am really excited about.

A focus on operational efficiency for content authors and marketers

The Sitecore team recognizes that there is an ever-growing list of new tools and marketing features that we are expected to master. Authors and developers need to be more efficient in what they do and the platform itself can drive a lot of this efficiency. I was very encouraged by what I saw coming in down the pike from Horizon, Sitecore’s author experience overhaul initiative. While I can’t talk about some the specific beta enhancements we saw at the MVP summit I can say that the new interface will be miles more intuitive, reduce context switching between Experience Editor and Content Editor, and integrate page level analytics to provide better context for making decisions. They also showed some images of a revamped launchpad and analytics dashboard that will really bring some parity with other enterprise XP solutions like Adobe. Can’t wait! The acquisition of StyleLabs promises platform maturity, owning more of the creative process and end-to-end tasks so content authors need not work in as many solutions. And finally, machine learning is beginning to be applied for practical use in the authoring and personalization space (via Cortex and other services). It’s not magic, it’s SCIENCE!

Maturing technologies and frameworks

The promise of more seamless connection with the rest of the marketing ecosystem is becoming realized with deeper integration with Salesforce and other apps via xConnect. JSS promises to allow Sitecore to provide headless front-end solutions that still allow you to enjoy the power of the Sitecore back end and its experience editor. SXA foundation continues to solidify and the package is growing, taking some pressure of developers to bootstrap common components and accelerate the pace of development.

Overall, I walked away encouraged and excited to be part of what comes next!