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SDL Tridion User Group Benelux February 2013

Last Wednesday was the second face to face meet up for the SDL Tridion User Group (STUG) for Benelux. The fabulous people at Hinttech  hosted the first meet up of 2013 and provided us all with a great evening.

Our master or ceremonies was Ingmar Umans who did a great job in making sure the group moved between drinks and the next presentation. The evening was opened by HintTech CEO Egbert Hendriks with a view on why HintTech does not do SDL Tridion but still does. Following that Bjorn van Dommelen gave us an overview of how to deploy SDL Tridion onto Azure. A great presentation filled with insight, practical tips and dry humor! With Quirijn Slings (and his DD4T presentation) falling out due to sickness, Bart Koopman stepped in to show the group a new feature of SDL Tridion 2013, External Content Libraries.

All presentations were well received and for those who missed it, you can find links to the presentations at the bottom of the page. Following that lots of drinks and networking made the evening very much worthwhile and I, for one, am looking forward to the next event.
If you’d like to join the user group events in the future or just interact with your peers in the Benelux, you can join the SDL Tridion User Group Benelux on LinkedIn



SDL Tridion User Group Benelux November 2012

Sometimes you have a week where you don’t stop. They happen every so often and you don’t really look forward to them. One of mine for 2012 was last week. Whilst I did not look forward to the week in general, the different activities were all expected to be great. It started out with SDL Innovate in London, return to Amsterdam for some office time and the SDL Tridion User Group Benelux and then SDL Innovate Amsterdam later in the week. Both the Innovate events were much of a muchness so I was more taken with the London event, both in terms of the content (I had not seen any of it before) but also in terms of the venue. The London event was held at the Landmark Hotel in London which is just superb.

For the SDL Tridion User Group (STUG <- do we like that?), we held our first user group for the Benelux. There have been two user groups springing up in the last year elsewhere in the world and this is the first for the Benelux. Dominic Cronin, of Indivirtual, and I decided to see if we could start one up for the wider community. Not really with a view to run it ourselves forever but to see if the community would like one and if there was enough enthusiasm to continue to hold events and sessions. Our first event – sponsored by Indivirtual and SDL, went well and around 20-25 people attended which was spot on for our target of attendees. We introduced the session and then let SDL Product Manager, Alexandra Popova, give us an overview of the 2013 release. After that we dived, in groups, into what we want from the user group going forward. Below you will find the results of that session which gives us great input into the future of the user group.

  • Experiences
    • Implementation Experience
    • Presentations real user experience
    • Find out what people are doing
    • Input from users
    • workshops
    • business cases
    • coding conventions/best practices
    • knowledge sharing
    • report ERs and discuss
    • users feedback / ichallenge!
    • Share Roadmap
    • Share Project Information
    • Share Technical/Functional Implementation
  • Motivation
    • Free stuff / goodies!
    • Curiosity
    • Turn listeners into contributor
  • Grow
    • More “real” users
    • Reach out, promote to functional
  • People
    • Who is who
    • interaction
    • networking
    • More functional
  • Event
    • Time of day?
    • Technical sessions
    • Inside info SDL
  • Peers
    • Peer review/advice
  • Product
    • Roadmap
    • hands on workshop
    • pre-configured VMs

Going forward, we plan to hold one evening session per quarter and perhaps additional sessions on other topics (technical deep dives) or social events in-between the quarterly events.

To be involved you just need to turn up to one of the events we hold and you can find out about those by joining our SDL Tridion User Group Benelux LinkedIn group.

Off to SDL Innovate

This year I am excited to be once again attending the SDL Innovate conference. Held in Santa Clara, California on 5/6 March, this yearly event is a great coming together of customers, employees and industry experts that are connected in some way to SDL.

This year, rather than just attending I will be part of the community panel that will engage and discuss website related matters with anyone who is interested. I do this, I guess, on a daily basis to even those who are not interested so it will be good to do this in such a great session as I hope we are going to have.

Kicking off the session will be CMS community glitterati, Ian Truscott, who will share the future of the SDL Tridion platform. Then we will follow that with a discussion with community panel (Chris Summers, Frank van Puffelen and Nuno Linhares) on pretty much any topic relating to Tridion that the audience wants to raise. Last year I met some really interesting people who had lots of interesting questions and I hope that there will be a similar group with which to discuss Tridion.

If you are a SDL customer and have not yet decided if you want to join the conference, I can strongly encourage you to do so and don’t forget to attend our session! You’ll find us towards the end of the day on Tuesday 6 March.

You can follow the goings on at SDL Innovate via their twitter hashtag.

PowerTools for 2011

The SDL Tridion PowerTools are now to receive a long overdue update and rebuild. The PowerTools are there to help with those little or essential tasks in SDL Tridion. You can see more on the Google Code site.

SDL Tridion MVP award

It has been a while since this really happened but I have been so busy that I have not had time to post anything about it. Since I last wrote, I was awarded an SDL Tridion MVP award for my work for SDL Tridion in and around the community. Next to me there 9 other individuals who also received the award. These 9 together with me were selected by a panel formed from SDL employees, partners and freelancers.

I extend my congratulations to my fellow MVPs and hope for good things in the future…

You can learn more about the MVP awards for SDL Tridion and see the full list of recipients on SDL Tridion World.

Improvements to the World

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Mostly this is not because I did not want to but because I have just been too busy. I’ve been to Glasgow and Madrid, been unwell and run of my feet with my latest work related project as well as all my regular customers.

I would have said more about what my project was but now that news has reached customers and partners of SDL Tridion and that even bloggers are on the case, I can tell a little more about what I have been doing.

I have been leading a project to renew SDL Tridion’s online community. SDL Tridion World is a revamp of an existing community that never really got going as we would have wished. This time however we are working harder than ever to make the new site a success.

The site’s intention is to deliver knowledge to our extended community and will host a number of partner and customer information but also software downloads and the Building Blocks Exchange. The BBX, as it is known for short, holds the reusable code components that work with R5.3 and which have already proven easy to share. If you follow SDL Tridion you may have seen the Web Analytics Enablers that you can already download from the forums and the rest of the Modular Templates available will be just as useful.

The launch is set of December 2008 and I am very much looking forward to the day when it is online. Progress is great and the future version we have in the planning is even better.  The website address will be http://www.sdltridionworld.com, so check regularly for the site going live.

Overview of what you can find on SDL Tridion World:

  • Share and download reusable tools, Modular Templates, scripts, etc. Basically everything that can be a building block.
  • Technical and functional articles/knowledge. Marketing and business related articles will follow as well.
  • Download product brochures and whitepapers. All corporate collateral is there.
  • Easy access to Customer support information like software and documentation downloads, online tickets, forums, etc.
  • See upcoming events for partners, customers and knowledge days. That includes presentation downloads after an event took place.
  • A release section with news, latest releases, roadmap and more.

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