5 Ground-Breaking Sitecore 9 Features Revealed at the 2017 Sitecore Symposium

October 18, 2017

Sitecore has long remained an industry leader in content management and digital experience platforms, and it continues to live up to its reputation. Sitecore has unveiled a compelling new feature set at the 2017 Sitecore Symposium. Among the vast number of enhancements to the platform, the list includes...

Data integration / Connectors:

Sitecore has revamped its data and services hub, xConnect, to make omni-channel integration seamless.

Sitecore Experience Accelerator (SXA):

With the new SXA 1.5 and upcoming roadmap, Sitecore is not only releasing 100s of controls and themes, but they have built tools to simplify updating and managing them.

Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS):

Sitecore announced new ARM templates available in the Azure marketplace to make Azure PaaS setup easier than ever. Sitecore also announced a new licensing model that allows unlimited servers (both non-production and production) when using the Azure PaaS subscription based Sitecore license.

Sitecore JavaScript Services (JSS) Framework:

Sitecore revamped the API layer to provide layout services that return information in JSON format with all of the presentation details. They have also implemented item OData services for more efficient and flexible item querying. These changes allow front-end developers to work more independently from Sitecore to create a powerful user experience without deep Sitecore knowledge. They also introduced a set of JavaScript libraries that make using the API much simpler.

Other Noteworthy Items:

  • Revamp of Web Forms for Marketers (WFFM), now called Sitecore Forms
  • Performance improvements, including Commerce components leveraging .Net core
  • New migration tools - further simplify and speed up the upgrade process
  • Machine learning updates - automating user segmentation, personalization, testing and maintenance

Productive Edge Director overseeing the firm’s Sitecore practice, Will Rolloff, shares his thoughts on these updates and how they will open up new realms of possibility for Sitecore customers and users. Read the full article here.

For a complimentary Sitecore consultation, connect with our team at services@productiveedge.com or 312-561-9000

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