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Sitecore Business & Technology Talks

Join us for an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a chance to meet with fellow Sitecore users, customers and partners to discuss the business and technical advantages and intricacies of Sitecore. Back by popular demand -- this event will feature both a Business and a Technical track. Learn from and pose questions to a panel of experts that will help you get the most from your Sitecore platform.


6:00pm Arrival and Networking
7:00pm Welcoming Remarks and Announcements
7:15pm Split between Business and Technical Tracks
7:45pm Q&A
8:00pm Closing Remarks and Networking

Business Track

The founder and CEO of Telligent, Rob Howard (@robhoward) will share nine characteristics of world class online communities and why some social communities fail and others succeed.  Learn how Dell, Starbucks, Intuit and others are leveraging online communities for member-to-member relationships and to get personal with their customers.

Technical Track

A panel of Sitecore experts and MVPs get in to the technical nitty-gritty of Sitecore. Panelists will share their most impressive Sitecore implementations and extensions as well as field questions from the audience. Make sure to submit questions and topics in advance (below) so our panelists concentrate on the topics that matter to you.

Parking and Metro

The American Tap Room is located across the street from the Clarendon Metro stop and has a parking garage located in the same building at its location at 3101 Wilson Boulevard (off of Hartford Street). Street parking is available beginning after 5 pm and is free starting at 6.

The DC User Group is dedicated to providing a forum for Sitecore users, prospective users, and partners in the Mid-Atlantic and metro D.C. area to share best practices, network, and expand their knowledge of the Sitecore Web Content Management System. The group is open to anyone using or considering the Sitecore CMS, or who has an interest in .NET CMS platforms, regardless of technical proficiency.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great being there, listening to the technical track presentation and learning lots from the questions asked and the answers given. Thank you. Jamie, thanks for your time after the meeting sharing about rebuild indexing. Much appreciated.

    April 17, 2013

    • Jamie S.

      No problem Mardi! Feel free to reach out to me for anything you need.

      April 18, 2013

  • Carla B.

    Thank you to Rob Howard for the great points on building online communities. I'm sharing it with a bunch of people at work today!

    April 17, 2013

  • Rob H.

    Slides from my presentation can be found here:

    April 17, 2013

  • Staffan S.

    Great presentation, great networking and great beer! Thanks for a wonderful event.

    1 · April 17, 2013

  • marcia

    Hi everyone - what a great turnout for the event last night! Rob Howard will be uploading the presentation on World Class Communities very soon (if he hasn't already). We know many of you had questions and time ran out in the end. Do reach out to us - happy to help.
    Thanks to NavArts and American Tap Room too!

    1 · April 17, 2013

  • Rob H.

    I'm covering the business track for this meetup, but happy to field any technical questions too. Prior to starting Telligent I helped design and build ASP.NET 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 at Microsoft. So I can get in the weeds if you want to :-)

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • Kos

    Will either tracks cover Marketing Automation Platforms [MAPs] (Eloqua, Neolane, Marketo, Aprimo, etc) integrations to enable capturing web traffic (time visited, goals accomplished, profile generated) from a visitor coming from a campaign-generated URL (email autoresponder, FB ad, etc)? For example, an autoresponder email could include a campaign id or prospectID to identify who is visiting the website so rollup data of the web traffic can be pushed back to MAP or CRM? Thanks!

    April 15, 2013

    • Caroline M.

      To my knowledge, I do not believe anyone had plans to discuss marketing automation. But speakers, feel free to chime in if this is something you plan to cover.

      April 15, 2013

    • Rob H.

      My talk - in the business track - is not. Mine is 9 tips for building great customer communities. Not focused on any one specific technology per-se.

      April 15, 2013

  • Caroline M.

    Hey Patty,

    The Business/Marketing track of the evening will focus on using the web and specifically Telligent to create powerful online communities.

    The Technical track will include 3 separate client case studies where Sitecore was extended- one of them does focus on DMS and analytics from a technical perspective. The panel will then open for questions from the audience. We will put Search Solution and upgrading to 6.5 on the list of topics to discuss. Feel free to continue to post questions here to be addressed tomorrow night. As always, the networking portions of the evening both before and after the presentations are also a great time to meet with fellow Sitecore users and developers to discuss your questions.


    PS - The venue has free wifi

    April 15, 2013

    • Staffan S.

      Who are the 3 clients that will be focused on?

      April 15, 2013

    • Caroline M.

      Hey Staffan, One of the panelists will be speaking about an online media company (Breitbart), another one will be speaking about a B2B e-commerce company (unsure if the brand will be revealed) and the third is from the The Department of Veterans Affairs -- so a broad range of topics and types of companies will be discussed.

      April 15, 2013

  • Nandan S.

    I will not be able to attend this meet up.

    April 15, 2013

  • Patty C.

    Caroline, can you share the topics/questions that will be covered during this meetup? DMS, Analytics, and upgrading to 6.5 are high on my list. Also, Seach Solution mentioned by Ren.

    April 12, 2013

    • Caroline M.

      Hope my post answers your questions.

      April 15, 2013

  • Ren

    Has anyone used Sitecore Search Solution -, or implemented their own custom search with a similar feature set?

    April 11, 2013

  • Caroline M.

    For the Technical Track - post your questions and topics in advance so we can make sure our panelists cover them!

    March 14, 2013

  • Bruce D.

    My first Sitecore meetup

    March 14, 2013

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