We recently attended SUGCON Europe 2015, which took place in Eindhoven on June 12. Like last year, Hedgehog participated as both a sponsor and a presenter. Alex, Nikola, Georgi and Yordan from our European office together with Charlie from the US were there to meet the 200+ Sitecore professionals that came together for this exciting event.
The day started with a keynote speech from Lars Nielsen, Co-Founder and Senior Vice President Technical Marketing at Sitecore. He made a great overview of what's coming in the near future including a sneak peek at some research projects linked to SQL Server 2016 and Machine Learning. He also put a definite close on the MVC vs WebForms dispute. This quote explains it all: "MVC is All. All is MVC. The Era of Forms will end!". You've got the message - all new Sitecore projects should be based on MVC to have the ability to upgrade to new Sitecore versions in the future.
From there the day went at full speed with three simultaneous tracks giving us tons of great Sitecore learning material from more than 20 speakers including 5 people from Sitecore and 10 MVPs. It will be too long to cover all presentations in this short blog post so we encourage you to check out the slides at the official site: http://www.sugnl.net/conference/. Videos might come up soon, so check back in a while. Charlie from Hedgehog spoke about 4 war stories, real life cases from his experience giving some great examples why it's important to follow Sitecore best practices. He explained in more details how Sitecore remove event processing model is working and how it relates to Lucene search indexes. He shared some aggregated statistics that we gathered based on the Wellness scans Hedgehog has been doing for the past few years. Way too often the results of a Wellness are alarming, showing the need for regular checks on the Sitecore environments.
And now for the best part - getting in touch with fellow Sitecore professionals, sharing your experiences and ideas, and making new friends. Our team surely made some impressions (maybe it was the shirts?) because we received comments like "You guys from Hedgehog are just everywhere!". "Thank you, it's true!" was the humble answer. We love the Sitecore community, we love to contribute and events like SUGCON really charge us up. Until the next one!