Nov 18, 2022

The Good News for Current Sitecore Customers from Symposium 2022

Edward Kapuscinski

Edward Kapuscinski

The Good News for Current Sitecore Customers from Symposium 2022

Sitecore Symposium 2022 featured many exciting announcements. Symposium has been the most important event in the Sitecore world for a long time, but that was especially true this year because it was full of important information about how Sitecore’s vision for its future (as a company) is “getting real.”

From the kickoff presentation’s announcement of new products to the breakout sessions explaining the details of XM Cloud, the flow of critical information was non-stop, punctuated by a wonderful conversation between Sitecore’s CMO Paige O’Neil and actress Mindy Kaling. An evening at the Museum of Science and Industry was a personal highlight, given my life-long involvement in model and real trains.

Out of all that, one big takeaway was most important for our Sitecore customers: Sitecore’s composable suite is for real and exciting, but you don’t have to leap right into it.

It’s true that the composable suite (Sitecore XM Cloud, Content Hub, Content Hub One, Sitecore Search, Order Cloud, CDP and Personalize) grabbed most of the headlines. Of course they did — they’re what’s new and what Sitecore needs to tell the world about. But current users of Sitecore XP were not left out in the cold.

The biggest evidence of this was the announcement of Sitecore XP 10.3, which should be released shortly. In addition to bringing a host of improvements, it’s also intended to be the bridge to the future for current users of Sitecore XP.

Sitecore 10.3 is, essentially, your own private version of XM Cloud. It has all the new capabilities XM Cloud introduced to support modern headless implementation methodologies (JSS, GraphQL API endpoints, etc.) but still supports .NET MVC solutions, C# pipeline processors, SQL Server–based XDB — all the things you’ve been seeing, and likely using, in Sitecore for the past decade.

Upgrading to Sitecore 10.3 does not require you to make the wholesale changes to your implementation that are necessary for a move to XM Cloud, but it gives you the capabilities you’ll need to start that process.

Sitecore also announced that there will be a Sitecore 10.4, likely to roll out next year around this time and most likely incorporating features that are deployed to XM Cloud through the year. This means two things: First, there will be official support for the Sitecore XP that we’re used to for at least another six years; second, Sitecore XP customers will not be “left behind” in the ecosystem any time soon.

So what’s great is that Sitecore 10.3 is giving you the ability to do these things slowly, deliberately, and at your own pace. The smart play for Sitecore customers, today, seems to be to keep on doing what you’re doing while gradually preparing for the future:

  • Get your team familiar with next-generation display frameworks like Next.JS.

  • Begin moving your integrations and customizations into future-friendly paradigms.

  • Start adopting new tools (like Sitecore Personalize) in place of existing XP functionality.

The key then is getting onto Sitecore 10.3. Schedule a call with our Sitecore team to talk about how to keep maximizing the return on your Sitecore investment.

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