Sessions

Kentico Connection 2014

Developer track

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Dominik Pinter Platform Product Owner at Kentico
Dominik strives to create a strong Kentico platform. He oversees continuous integration and deployment, upgrade, hotfixes, and modularization. His vocations are application security and automatic testing. 
Kentico DevNet

Building mobile applications with Kentico 8

Of course you know that the global mobile revolution is spreading like wildfire. Creating mobile applications have never been more important than it is today. But you know all this.  Join this session to learn the best ways to integrate your native application with Kentico.  

Enterprise class security best practices

The security of your website is critical and Kentico takes this seriously by providing a rich set of tools and technologies that put you in control. It’s not just about basic security, but also enterprise class security. Join this session to see the best practices you need for your site.

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Petr Vozak E-commerce Product Owner at Kentico
Petr oversees future enhancements of the E-commerce solution. He’s focused on market research and obtaining customer feedback to ensure that the E-commerce solution develops accordingly.
Kentico DevNet

Product Planning - The Kentico E-commerce solution

What trends are you seeing in the industry? What do you think is needed to make the Kentico E-commerce solution the go to solution for customers and partners? Join us for an exclusive opportunity to participate in a strategic planning session that combines industry trends, Kentico roadmap and your feedback.

Best practices with the Kentico E-commerce solution

Do you have customers that expect a customized and dynamic shopping experience? Do they constantly talk about things like shopping carts and product recommendations? Do they have strong opinions on what makes the best online shopping experience? Join this session to learn the best practices needed to deliver the right experience for these customers.

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Martin Hejtmanek CTO at Kentico
Martin oversees the whole development team, the overall architecture and technical vision of the product. His specialty is programming of generic classes and low-level processes.
Kentico DevNet

Are you ready for the new world of marketing and technology?

Co-speaker: Oldrich Januska
You already own marketing and now you own customer experience too. Is there anything that marketing can’t do? We don’t think so. See how the next generation of Kentico ’s integrated marketing solution will help to drive revenue growth by delivering the most relevant content for each interaction with your customers across any communications channel.

How to have fun with macros

Do you daydream about writing better macros? If you think macros are powerful but you need to know more. Join this session for a deep dive into how you can have even more fun with macros.

Module development - Deep dive

Are you losing sleep thinking about adding custom functionality to your Kentico installation? Do you have the words “it can’t be done” as part of your vocabulary? Join this session to deep dive into how to  extend Kentico in ways you didn’t think were possible.

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Petr Palas CEO at Kentico
In 2004, Petr Palas started Kentico as a profit-funded, no-venture-capital company. Since then, Kentico has seen rapid growth with 140 employees in three continents.
Kentico DevNet

Calling all heroes

Worried about overwhelming your customers with an ever-increasing set of unrelated messages pushed through a growing number of channels? Kentico realizes that success can often come down to the time, expense and ease it takes to launch, manage and update your digital campaigns. The heroes of our story today demanded an integrated solution that delivered personalized activities and responded quickly to the ever-changing marketing conditions. They demanded Kentico 8; the integrated marketing solution that includes Content Management, E-commerce, Social Networking and Online Marketing. Everything needed for any successful integrated marketing effort. Let’s take a look at why Kentico 8 democratizes integrated marketing by providing a sophisticated platform that allows anyone to quickly deliver the right message at the right time on any digital channel without the heroic efforts typically required.

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Oldrich Januska VP Product at Kentico
Oldrich is in charge of developing Kentico’s Product Strategy. Ensuring that Kentico brings the right solutions, he‘s passionate about understanding market and customer needs.
Kentico DevNet

Are you ready for the new world of marketing and technology?

Co-speaker: Martin Hejtmanek
You already own marketing and now you own customer experience too. Is there anything that marketing can’t do? We don’t think so. See how the next generation of Kentico ’s integrated marketing solution will help to drive revenue growth by delivering the most relevant content for each interaction with your customers across any communications channel.

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Bryan Soltis MVP
Bryan Soltis is the Director of Technology & Research for Bit-Wizards and has over 15 years of experience designing and implementing solutions using Microsoft technologies. He is a 4 time Kentico MVP, an MCSD for .NET 4.5/4.0/3.5, and a Microsoft VTSP for Windows Azure with over 3 years of experience working with Microsoft’s Cloud platform. As an active member of the Kentico community, he blogs regularly and is always available to help his fellow Kentico developers. And he really likes beer.
Kentico DevNet

Having fun with Live Tiles in Kentico 8.1

Kentico 8.1 adds a lot of great features to an already featured-packed platform. Live tiles are one of the most talked about new features that enhance the experience for the user and provide live, dynamic information for a variety of modules. In this session, Bryan will be demonstrating how to develop this functionality for your site from start to finish, with a few surprises along the way.

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Brian McKeiver MVP
Brian McKeiver, a 3-time Kentico MVP, is a senior solution architect and co-owner of BizStream, a web and software development company in the United States. In addition to his expertise in Kentico development, integration, and EMS, Brian is active with the online Kentico community. You can follow him on Twitter, read his blog and listen to him via podcast or video in the Kentico Rocks and Kentico Ask the Experts series. When Brian isn’t working, he spends time with his wife and 3 daughters and is a fierce and avid sports geek.
Kentico DevNet

Upgrade like a Pro

Brian McKeiver has upgraded dozens of websites from one version of Kentico to the next, and experience shows some upgrades are smoother than others. That fact has not changed with the most recent version of Kentico. Attend thissession to ensure your Kentico 8 upgrade is a success. You will take away upgrade tips and tricks, learn tools of the trade, and receive well-tested troubleshooting techniques.

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Karol Jarkovsky Product Owner Cloud/SaaS at Kentico
Karol is the Product Owner for Cloud and Kentico SaaS. His goal is to continue Kentico integration with Microsoft Azure, and make Kentico+ a market champion. 
Kentico DevNet

Bullet proof your Kentico cloud deployment

Planning and deploying Kentico in the cloud may seem daunting and confusing because of the seemingly vast amounts of options and different approaches available. Join this session to understand your choices and assure yourself that you are making the right decisions.

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Miroslav Remias Sr.Solution Architect

Kentico performance and tuning best practices

Site performance and tuning are essential in maintaining any production site. Join this session to learn best practices for maintaining your site and gain insights into tuning your code for optimum performance.

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Radek Matej Content Management Product Owner at Kentico Software

MVC development best practices

Developers choose ASP.NET MVC because it can provide more control over HTML, better separation of concerns, and better testability. But you get these benefits if your project is setup correctly and if you know the best way to work with Kentico. Join this session to learn the best practices for creating a maintainable, loosely coupled application.

Real-world case studies

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Martin Hejtmanek CTO at Kentico
Martin oversees the whole development team, the overall architecture and technical vision of the product. His specialty is programming of generic classes and low-level processes.
Kentico DevNet

Are you ready for the new world of marketing and technology?

Co-speaker: Oldrich Januska
You already own marketing and now you own customer experience too. Is there anything that marketing can’t do? We don’t think so. See how the next generation of Kentico ’s integrated marketing solution will help to drive revenue growth by delivering the most relevant content for each interaction with your customers across any communications channel.

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Eric Webb VP of Global Sales at Kentico
Eric leads sales team and business development initiatives for Kentico worldwide and is accountable for managing and overseeing Kentico’s operational activities in North America.

Kentico Partner Update 2014

The Kentico integrated marketing solution provides a comprehensive customer-centric marketing solution that delivers the immediate, actionable results your clients demand. Who is the target audience? What value will Kentico provide to the success of online marketing efforts? This session will provide answers to these questions and best practices for solution selling with Kentico in 2014 and beyond!

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Petr Palas CEO at Kentico
In 2004, Petr Palas started Kentico as a profit-funded, no-venture-capital company. Since then, Kentico has seen rapid growth with 140 employees in three continents.
Kentico DevNet

Calling all heroes

Worried about overwhelming your customers with an ever-increasing set of unrelated messages pushed through a growing number of channels? Kentico realizes that success can often come down to the time, expense and ease it takes to launch, manage and update your digital campaigns. The heroes of our story today demanded an integrated solution that delivered personalized activities and responded quickly to the ever-changing marketing conditions. They demanded Kentico 8; the integrated marketing solution that includes Content Management, E-commerce, Social Networking and Online Marketing. Everything needed for any successful integrated marketing effort. Let’s take a look at why Kentico 8 democratizes integrated marketing by providing a sophisticated platform that allows anyone to quickly deliver the right message at the right time on any digital channel without the heroic efforts typically required.

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Oldrich Januska VP Product at Kentico
Oldrich is in charge of developing Kentico’s Product Strategy. Ensuring that Kentico brings the right solutions, he‘s passionate about understanding market and customer needs.
Kentico DevNet

Are you ready for the new world of marketing and technology?

Co-speaker: Martin Hejtmanek
You already own marketing and now you own customer experience too. Is there anything that marketing can’t do? We don’t think so. See how the next generation of Kentico ’s integrated marketing solution will help to drive revenue growth by delivering the most relevant content for each interaction with your customers across any communications channel.

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Keith Stoute President and Founder at Visual Antidote
Keith Stoute is president and founder of Visual Antidote, a Kentico Gold partner, as well as a certified Salesforce Developer.  Visual Antidote has products in both the Kentico store and Salesforce App Exchange all dealing with integration between websites and CRMs. With 15 years of web and consulting development experience, Keith Stoute brings his extensive knowledge of web technologies, integrations and technology trends to his clientele. Keith has spoken at multiple conferences in the USA, Canada and Australia.

Data Driven Marketing: EMS-Salesforce Integration

Integrating marketing automation like Kentico EMS with Salesforce is not just an advantage – in today’s competitive world of targeted marketing, it’s a necessity. In a rapidly evolving digital world, data & decision driven marketing are the new basics of marketing according to Harvard Business Review's June 2014 cover story. Breaking down data silos in Sales and Marketing departments can unlock customer relationships and increase profitability. Companies that pursue smart integration strategies will reap multiple rewards: tighter alignment with their sales and customer support teams, customer engagement and loyalty, and rising sales. Done intelligently, integration drives the top factors of high-performing campaigns: targeting, funnel management and conversion.

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Sally Schmidt Web Solutions Consultant at Avastone Technologies
Sally Schmidt, Web Solutions Consultant at Avastone Technologies, a Kentico Gold Partner, has over 15 years’ experience in design and development of web sites, online and mobile applications. An advocate for great user interface design and usability, Sally teams with designers, developers and clients to create applications audiences enjoy using.

Dancing Kittens and other Bad Ideas

Don’t let content edits ruin a great site! I will share real-life examples from client projects of confusing, unnecessary and useless content and how it has been transformed using Kentico. Many common mistakes and some crazy ideas – I’ll cover why they don’t work, what can be done instead and how Kentico can be used to help editors make better content decisions. Content editors, developers, marketers and administrators will gain insights and tools to support consistent quality in your site content.

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Virgil Carroll Founder at High Monkey
Virgil grew up as an Alaskan fisherman, so he knows that life, like business, can be smooth sailing one minute and stormy seas the next. His ability to stay calm and clear-headed through the storms of business has been a valuable asset to many companies and individuals throughout the years. After graduating with his Master’s degree, Virgil decided to put his myriad talents to good use and formed High Monkey and is currently its principal human solutions architect.  Virgil has been consulting with Kentico CMS since 2004.

Kentico ecommerce in a Membership World

In this Real world case study, Virgil will walk attendees through the metholodgy used to extend the Kentico 8 ecommerce engine to meet the needs of a highly complex membership organization.  This project provided both opportunities to utilized Kentico out-of-the-box and challenges around bending to the specific requirements.  In this high level, business-driven best practices , Virgil will share lessons learned, rational of decisions made and the overall strategy to leverage the strengths of Kentico to meet this unique need.

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Ben Cash Founder at BlueKey
With thirteen years experience in digital marketing and founder of BlueKey, a successful web solutions firm, Ben brings a depth of knowledge and experience to the digital space that helps clients achieve measurable results. Over the years, he has developed a key set of proven strategies and methodologies that fuel BlueKey's success and have taken him across the country as a guest lecturer and consultant. When he's not leading the digital strategy and creative design processes at BlueKey, Ben can be found at home in Charleston, South Carolina kayaking on the Ashley River or disturbing neighbors with his trombone.

Caterpillar & Kentico: The Perfect Global Match

With revenues over $55 Billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. At the heart of this successful brand, is a global network of Caterpillar dealers with growing technology needs and numerous digital marketing initiatives. In this case study, see how Kentico is the ideal platform for large dealer networks and is capable of powering solutions from complex multi-site networks, to corporate intranets, to web-based mobile apps.

Chris Butler

Kentico CMS Integration with Apple iBeacon


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Sean Kozey President at ecentricarts Inc.
Sean is ecentricarts’ business-meets-technology veteran, responsible for helping translate end user and organizational needs into pragmatic, elegant and highly engaging online solutions. 

B2B Online Best Practices - Shred-it.com

Co-speaker: Michael Kinkaid
B2B online solutions can rarely be delivered with one product or tool. In this presentation ecentricarts will showcase the 2013 Kentico Integration Site of the Year: Shred-it's marketing, lead generation and B2B web platform. Highlights will include: choosing best-in-class technologies to deliver better ROI; Kentico as a technology platform; using the Kentico API to connect with SAP, Salesforce, and Eloqua; leveraging analytics to gain insight into user activity and interests, drive SEO performance, and optimize site content and functionality.

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Jeff Willinger
Jeff was named one of the top SharePoint influencers to watch in for the past three years and has been called a character with character and an early adopter of enterprise 2.0 technologies, social media content and marketing, e-commerce; community building, change management, and engagement. Jeff is an internationally sought-after speaker and has shared his insights, experiences, and advice around collaboration, knowledge management, social computing, intranets and portals, governance, user adoption and training at many industry events around the world. 

What do I need to know about mobile in 2014

Fewer than half of all enterprises have clear mobile strategies in place. Few technologies have transformed human behavior as quickly as mobile. In fact, mobility is no longer just considered pervasive, it is now the first point of contact between individuals and organizations, with 91% of users keeping their mobile device within arm's reach 100% of the time. But it's not just about the device. By 2020, the top five connected apps will be: the connected car, clinical (medical) remote monitoring, assisted living, home and building security, and pay-as-you-drive insurance. This session will discuss what you need to know about mobile and Kentico in 2014? This will be a case study on how a Fortune 500 organization rolled out their mobile strategy and implementation.

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Cruce Saunders Founder and CEO at Simple [A]
Founder of Simple [A], Cruce brings 15 plus years leading web technology firms focused on content delivery technology. [A] leads content engineering engagements with global agencies; and delivers content engineering, content technology implementation, content management, and personalization for digital properties in government, healthcare, education, non-profit, finance and other institutional arenas.

The Emerging Role of the Content Engineer

The Content Engineer role is key to delivering intelligent content and critical to successful Customer Experience Management.   Learn to define and incorporate a content engineer role within a Kentico implementation.  See how a large national non-profit leveraged content engineers during their development on Kentico+.  Gain an understanding of the skills and process needed to employ a content engineer able to workflow among marketing and technical teams that orchestrate personalized content.

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Dave Conder CTO at BlueModus
Co-Founder and CTO of BlueModus, a technical digital agency that works with creative/interactive agencies and enterprise clients to deliver world-class digital marketing solutions. Dave is a leader in the Kentico community with a passion for innovation, success, and excellence. 

Kentico RAD - going way beyond the CMS

In building Radio Free America, BlueModus used Kentico's robust APIs as a RAD (rapid application development) platform, saving time, money and headache on an ambitious project. Radio Free America streams public radio from multiple stations using a range of technologies that include Linux and Windows servers, Amazon Web Services, Mongo DB, Icecast and more. At the core of this site is Kentico, tying all the pieces seamlessly together.

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Michael Kinkaid Director of Application Development at ecentricarts Inc.
Michael heads ecentricarts’ application development group, and is the company’s lead technical solutions architect. A proper Northern Irish lad, he is also powered by Guinness. 

B2B Online Best Practices - Shred-it.com

Co-speaker: Sean Kozey
B2B online solutions can rarely be delivered with one product or tool. In this presentation ecentricarts will showcase the 2013 Kentico Integration Site of the Year: Shred-it's marketing, lead generation and B2B web platform. Highlights will include: choosing best-in-class technologies to deliver better ROI; Kentico as a technology platform; using the Kentico API to connect with SAP, Salesforce, and Eloqua; leveraging analytics to gain insight into user activity and interests, drive SEO performance, and optimize site content and functionality.

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Simon Lassam Managing Director at Ridgeway
Simon is the founder and Managing Director of UK digital agency & Kentico Gold Partner, Ridgeway.  He has worked in the web industry for nearly two decades and has helped hundreds of global brands deliver effective digital strategies and solutions.  When he’s not slaving away over a laptop or giving presentations, Simon competes as a rally co-driver deep in the forests of the UK and Europe (and even won a national championship a few years ago, much to his amazement).

Twinings Tea: Blending brand content, ecommerce and customer engagement

When globally famous tea marketer, Twinings, approached Ridgeway with a grand vision for their ecommerce and brand content websites, it presented an opportunity to harness the full power of Kentico EMS.   Simon will present the story of Twinings’ journey from a situation where brand content, ecommerce functionality and online marketing communications were all handled in different, disconnected platforms, to the relaunch of the website in a single, harmonious user-centred solution designed to enable an increase in global online sales to unprecedented levels.

Marketing track

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Petr Vozak E-commerce Product Owner at Kentico
Petr oversees future enhancements of the E-commerce solution. He’s focused on market research and obtaining customer feedback to ensure that the E-commerce solution develops accordingly.
Kentico DevNet

Sell more with new Buy X, Get Y discounts

There are new cross-selling options in Kentico 8.1. Learn how they can help you increase customer spending.

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Juraj Hrinik Intranet & Communities Product Owner at Kentico
Juraj oversees Intranet and Collaboration and Online Communities solutions to respond to the needs of the market and current trends in the fields.
Kentico DevNet

Are you ready for social marketing with Kentico?

Of course you are a social marketing expert. Isn’t it time to see how you can up your social game with Kentico? Join this session to see Kentico social marketing in action.

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Vita Janecek Online Marketing Product Owner at Kentico
Vita defines product strategy for the Online Marketing Suite through market research. He cooperates with the development team to deliver the best value to customers.
Kentico DevNet

Product Planning – The Kentico Online marketing solution

What trends are you seeing in the industry? What do you think is needed to make the Kentico E-commerce solution the go to solution for customers and partners? Join us for an exclusive opportunity to participate in a strategic planning session that combines industry trends, Kentico roadmap and your feedback.

Delivering the personalized experience

Personalization is more than just welcoming back a returning customer or showing recommendations based on their previous purchases. It’s about using the data you have to create a compelling experience that encourages the customer to take action and come back again. Join this session to see how this is done with Kentico 8.

Driving quality traffic with optimized content

Valuable customer experiences define your brand’s success online. But what defines "excellence" for your customers? Successful marketers look to proven testing methods to answer this question. Join this session to learn best practices for testing your site.

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Eric Webb VP of Global Sales at Kentico
Eric leads sales team and business development initiatives for Kentico worldwide and is accountable for managing and overseeing Kentico’s operational activities in North America.

3 Signs of Miserable Vendor

Just as poor management can destroy a company culture and the productivity and moral of it's employees, poor management can have a significant impact on your customers and how you engage with prospective clients.  This session is going to discuss the 3 Signs of a Miserable Vendor that are critical areas to improve your position in the market, the quality of your communication and the engagement of your customers.

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Petr Palas CEO at Kentico
In 2004, Petr Palas started Kentico as a profit-funded, no-venture-capital company. Since then, Kentico has seen rapid growth with 140 employees in three continents.
Kentico DevNet

Calling all heroes

Worried about overwhelming your customers with an ever-increasing set of unrelated messages pushed through a growing number of channels? Kentico realizes that success can often come down to the time, expense and ease it takes to launch, manage and update your digital campaigns. The heroes of our story today demanded an integrated solution that delivered personalized activities and responded quickly to the ever-changing marketing conditions. They demanded Kentico 8; the integrated marketing solution that includes Content Management, E-commerce, Social Networking and Online Marketing. Everything needed for any successful integrated marketing effort. Let’s take a look at why Kentico 8 democratizes integrated marketing by providing a sophisticated platform that allows anyone to quickly deliver the right message at the right time on any digital channel without the heroic efforts typically required.

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Robert Pinkas VP Marketing at Kentico
Robert oversees everything and anything that has to do with Marketing – from lead building and Connection events all the way through to branding and messaging.

Heroes, welcome!

Kentico 8 is an integrated marketing solution that quickly makes websites operational. It’s a full set of integrated solutions, including Web Content Management, Online Marketing, E-commerce, Online Communities, and Intranet and Collaboration, which deliver out-of-the-box functionality. Let’s drill deeper and see how heroes work with Kentico 8 to quickly deliver the right message at the right time on any digital channel.

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Oldrich Januska VP Product at Kentico
Oldrich is in charge of developing Kentico’s Product Strategy. Ensuring that Kentico brings the right solutions, he‘s passionate about understanding market and customer needs.
Kentico DevNet

Marketing in Kentico 8


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Brian McKeiver MVP
Brian McKeiver, a 3-time Kentico MVP, is a senior solution architect and co-owner of BizStream, a web and software development company in the United States. In addition to his expertise in Kentico development, integration, and EMS, Brian is active with the online Kentico community. You can follow him on Twitter, read his blog and listen to him via podcast or video in the Kentico Rocks and Kentico Ask the Experts series. When Brian isn’t working, he spends time with his wife and 3 daughters and is a fierce and avid sports geek.
Kentico DevNet

Harness the Power of Marketing Automation

Automation isn't just for robots anymore. Join my session to see how you can use Kentico's built-in Marketing Automation tools to reach your customers in a highly personalized way. See how you can deliver innovative solutions that save you time, increase traffic to your site, and nurture more leads. 

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Jeff Willinger
Jeff was named one of the top SharePoint influencers to watch in for the past three years and has been called a character with character and an early adopter of enterprise 2.0 technologies, social media content and marketing, e-commerce; community building, change management, and engagement. Jeff is an internationally sought-after speaker and has shared his insights, experiences, and advice around collaboration, knowledge management, social computing, intranets and portals, governance, user adoption and training at many industry events around the world. 

Creating the Digital Workplace

10 Ways An Enterprise Social Network(ESN) Can Help You Transform Your Organization & Engage Your Employees

In many organizations, a revolution is brewing -- mobile technologies, business velocity, collaborative engagement, advanced analytics, and unified communications have blended to deliver social success. Organizations that miss the shift from transactional systems to engagement systems will face dire consequences.
By attending this forward-thinking interactive session you will gain an understanding of the practical steps to real culture change and techniques that get sustainable ESN adoption, including how to xxcite and inspire users, show your employees how ESN supports their daily work, match your business needs to ESN abilities to deliver solutions, identify training needs and how to meet them, groom internal champions who will talk up the business benefits of ESN, establish ESN for on-demand learning, knowledge-sharing and higher level technical assistance, create an adoption roadmap that speeds change, empowers users and enables knowledge-sharing and transform your organization and truly engage the troops.

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Niall McKeown CEO at iONOLOGY
An in-demand public speaker, iONOLOGY CEO Niall McKeown speaks extensively throughout Europe and the US, works closely with leading academics on research projects on strategy and transformation and runs strategy workshops for business leaders. He has been blogging on the topic of digital strategy since 2008 and has co-authored two academic white papers on digital strategy.
Kentico DevNet

Wanna be ‘Liked’ or wanna be rich?

There is a growing disconnect between digital marketing activity and commercial reality with so many marketers and business professionals expecting that frantic digital activity equals good marketing. Being liked or having social engagement online more often than not does not equate to commercial gain.
There is a solution. It’s called the The 7 Principles of Digital Business Strategy.