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First Sitecore User Group NL Meeting

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After many weeks of planning and preparation it finally happened… On the 31st of October the first Dutch Sitecore User Group meeting was held at the NCIM Groep in Leidschendam!

19 Sitecore enthusiasts from several companies across the Netherlands attended this event including two Sitecore representatives; Rudy van Herpt and Alex de Groot.

I started the evening by  introducing the user group, its goals and the members of the steering committee.

The slides (in Dutch) are available for download in pdf format here (highly recommended for all who are interested in the user group).

We discussed possible topics for upcoming SUGNL events and the format to present them, taking into account our broad target audience (dev/marketer/content manager). The format will be a mix of client cases, technical presentations and discussions on best practices and tips & tricks.

Although most of the attendees have a background in software development or marketing many stressed the importance of end-users attending the user group meetings as well. Annemarie, Jeroen and Arend briefly explained how they typically tackle Sitecore related challenges at Suneco and that it usually requires a joint effort between all competences.

Next Robbert showed some screenshots of the SUGNL prototype website. Robbert made an initial design which was further refined  by Estate (many thanks for that!). In the next several weeks Robbert will devote his spare time building this website.

Then it was up to me to give short demo on Sitecore Item Buckets. This is an excellent Shared Source Module available for free on Sitecore Marketplace. I made a small example how Item Buckets could be used for managing a large set of movie and actor items in Sitecore (and yes I am a Bond fan!).

The demo initiated some great discussions between several people who are already using this in production environments. Thanks to Jeroen (Suneco) and Ruud (Partech) for sharing their experiences and insights.

After seeing a screen full of C# code it was time for some people to get a drink. So we ended the evening with drinks, snacks and great conversations.

To conclude

The first Sitecore User Group NL  meeting was a big success! Many thanks to all the attendees. I hope to see all of you again at next SUGNL events.

To register for upcoming events please visit

The next event, on December 12, will be an informal drinks session at café Zussen in Utrecht. The next meeting with presentations will be held on January 23 at eFocus (exact program will be disclosed next month).

Keep in touch

If you want to stay informed please join the SUGNL group on LinkedIn or follow our Twitter account: @SUG_NL.

See you at the next SUGNL event!



Written by marcduiker

November 21, 2012 at 9:34 pm

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