For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to attend and might be wondering what it’s all about… Sitecore Symposium is the place to connect with Sitecore experts, marketers, developers, partners, and customers from around the world for two and a half days of education, inspiration, and more.
Aware Web Solutions was a sponsor again this year and we knew the moment we stepped off the plane that this was going to be an exciting event. We were greeted at the airport by huge Symposium 2017 promotional banners. #KindOfABigDeal. This year, Symposium was held at The Mirage in Las Vegas, NV. Sitecore pulled no punches when putting together this Vegas worthy event.
(Dan Miller, VP of User Experience & Design - hard at work setting up our sponsor booth)
People from all over the world attended and from what we saw and heard, people were NOT disappointed. The speakers included, Mark Frost, CEO at Sitecore and Scott Anderson, CMO at Sitecore to Mark Hamill (yes, that Mark Hamill), Actor, writer and producer. Go big or go home seemed to be the theme this year and Aware did just that. We gave people the opportunity to give virtual reality a try. Some people could be seen swimming with sharks and others trying their hand at a downhill luge race. AND, one lucky visitor took home the Play Station, VR goggles, and goggle stand!
(Everyone is a winner in the game of Virtual Reality!)
It wasn’t all just a show, either. Sitecore wowed the crowd with the official release of Sitecore Experience Cloud and Sitecore XP version 9. Our team of technical and strategy experts spent a very busy week learning all about the new features – not just headline features such as xConnect and Sitecore Forms, but next-gen features of xDB (including support for Microsoft SQL Server), Sitecore Experience Accelerator, Marketing Automation, new performance enhancements to the Experience Editor interface, and so much more! In addition, two members of our technical team participated in a technical preview and were able to start the week off with a shiny new Sitecore 9 Certified Developer certificate.
It was a once in a lifetime event. We’re looking forward to next October when Symposium 2018 will be held at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando Florida. We hope to see you there!