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Martin English
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Sitecore xDB - GeoIP and Contention Dynamics in MongoDB
Background In my previous post , I discussed how our team has been diligently working to alleviate pressure on the our servers and MongoDB, on a high-traffic client's Sitecore Commerce site. We use mLab to host our Experience Database, and while monitoring ...
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Sitecore xDB: Performance Tuning your MongoDB Driver Configuration Settings
The Goal Working with my team on a high-traffic client's Sitecore Commerce site, we were tasked with improving MongoDB connection management on the Content Delivery servers to help alleviate pressure on the servers and MongoDB, particularly during busy time...
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Sitecore Azure Search: Sharing a Search Service in a Development Environment
Background When developing on the Sitecore Platform using Azure Search, the cloud-based service behaves differently, and so it is best to develop against an actual search service to ensure that you uncover any unexpected behavior before pushing to a higher ...
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Exploring Sitecore Managed Cloud Part 1: Tiers, Sizing, Provisioning and Upgrades
Background I have been working within a client's Sitecore Managed Cloud environment for the last several months, and wanted to share some insights gained from my experience in a series of blog posts, this being the first. Tier Configuration Sitecore Managed...
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SolrProvider SolrSearchFieldConfiguration Error After Upgrade from Sitecore 8.1 Update-3 to 8.2 Update-6
Background In a previous post , I wrote about upgrading an existing client's large, multisite 8.1 rev. 160519 (8.1 Update-3) instance to 8.2 rev. 171121 (8.2 Update-6). After multiple rounds of testing, I deployed the upgraded instance to our client's Stagi...
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My Upgrade Experience from Sitecore 8.1 Update-3 to 8.2 Update-6
I was assigned the task of upgrading an existing client's large, multisite 8.1 rev. 160519 (8.1 Update-3) instance to 8.2 rev. 171121 (8.2 Update-6).  This particular client wasn't ready to go all the way to version 9.0, but will do so in the near future. I...
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Exploring Sitecore xConnect: Working with Contacts and the xConnect Client API
Background As I started exploring xConnect in XP 9, one of the questions I asked myself was how the change in the xDB contact and interaction model architecture would effect my existing Sitecore xDB implementations if we decided to upgrade.  With this in mi...
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Sitecore xDB: A Mechanic's Guide to Personalization Testing Troubleshooting
Background On my last few projects, I have experienced first-hand how marketers have leveraged the true power of Content Testing in the Experience Platform to truly gain some fantastic insights so that they can successfully optimize content in order to deli...
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Sitecore xDB: Sitecore Goal Conversion Demo
Background This question seems to keep coming up during client engagements: Where and how can we get the goals that our visitor's have converted during their interaction with our website so that we can send this information to our external (CRM) system? I d...
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Sitecore xDB - Adding Custom Data to Outcomes and Using it for Personalization
In a recent Digital Strategist MVP Webinar hosted by Chris Nash , Chris made a quick mention of a custom values property on outcomes that was available to developers to store custom data associated with an outcome. Having not known about this Easter egg pri...
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