Sitecore Symposium 2020 Developer Takeaways

November 12, 2020 | Shelley Benhoff

Sitecore Technology MVP Shelley BenhoffSitecore Symposium 2020 went fully digital to follow suit with most conferences this year. While I did miss seeing everyone in person, I appreciated the ability to watch more sessions as they are available on-demand for all-access attendees. Here are my key takeaways from this year’s developer track.

All About Containers

My main area of interest this year has been containers and Symposium did not disappoint. Bart Plasmeijer and Rob Earlam discussed running Sitecore in Containers from development through to production in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). Bart demoed completing a deploy in under 20 minutes and it was absolutely amazing. If you missed it and have an all-access pass, I highly recommend that you watch this session on-demand.

I also liked Contain yourself: Why Kubernetes with Jimmy Rudley and Kelly Rusk. They discussed the basics of containers for a wider audience including developers, C-level executives, and marketers. This was a good refresher for me and also provided a good overview of Kubernetes (k8s) which is a new skill that I am currently learning.

Content Hub, Content Hub, Content Hub

The main topic of discussion at this year’s Sitecore Symposium was Content Hub. There were too many sessions for me to list them all individually but one I really enjoyed was Content Orchestration: A symphony between Content HUB and Sitecore XP using Content Hub Connector with Akshay Sura and Sumith Damodaran. This was an excellent session discussing the future of the Content Hub Connector. They did a demo showing how to use Content Hub to create content, define the audience, and deliver content to the appropriate channel through Sitecore. For organizations with complex content logistics needs, this provides a much-needed combination of orchestration and a path to Sitecore.

Being a First-time Presenter

This year was my first time presenting at Sitecore Symposium and I have to say I am very glad it was online and well within my comfort zone. My session on “Choosing the right option for building your Helix solutions” included a discussion on building solutions manually or using automation tools such as the Sitecore Helix Generator and Sitecore Helix Templates Visual Studio Extension. Both tools have been updated recently to support Sitecore 10.

You can watch my session on-demand here.

Even though we couldn’t be together in person for this year’s Sitecore Symposium, it was still a good experience overall. The community came together and we had several zoom calls during the week to discuss all of the topics presented this year and what we learned. I look forward to the possibility of an in-person Symposium next year in Las Vegas!

About the Author

Shelley Benhoff, Lead Sitecore Developer
Shelley Benhoff

I'm a Sitecore MVP, Lead  Developer at TBG with over 16 years of experience, and a Pluralsight Author. I have a passion for technology, gaming, and general nerdery.

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