It’s been just over a month since Sitecore announced the forthcoming Sitecore 7.5 and the Experience Database (xDB). The Experience Database is a significant rearchitecture of the Digital Marketing System, allowing you to collect analytics data across geographies, and aggregate it for reporting. It does this by boldly embracing MongoDB NoSQL database technology to allow massive scalability.
Sitecore made a preview of 7.5 available to MVPs, so I'll be posting a short series of articles about what's new and what's changing. To start off, here's a recording of the inaugural Milwaukee Sitecore Developer Meetup from May 27, at which I presented on 7.5 and the xDB. It was a great event sponsored by Zeon Solutions, Verndale, Hanson Dodge Creative, and Active Commerce, with close to 30 people attending in person and more remote via Hangout.
The next parts of this series will recap the content from this presentation in writing, including code samples.
- Part 1: Milwaukee Sitecore Developer's Meetup Presentation (video)
- Part 2: The Experience Profile and Experience Database
- Part 3: xDB Setup, Contact Identification and Shared Sessions
- Part 4: xDB Deployment, On Premise vs Cloud
- Part 5: Persisting Contact Data to xDB
- Part 6: Extending Report Data via Aggregation
Did I just commit to a 6-part blog series? Help me John West, you're my only hope...