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Episerver Ascend 2018 Conference Recap

Episerver Ascend 2018 Conference Recap

Episerver’s Ascend 2018 conference has come to a close and the 600+ attendees have returned back to their organizations inspired by the product roadmap, ready to implement what they have learned, and are taking another look at what “happiness” means in their life (courtesy of a fast-paced, but intriguing keynote talk by Shawn Achor).

WSOL was a sponsor at the conference and our team took full advantage of learning from the sessions along with greeting clients and attendees at our booth. (If you didn’t win a gift card, there is still time to enter our second chance opportunity drawing).

The WSOL booth


Our VP of Business Strategy, Chris Osterhout presented a timely topic “How Not to Screw Up your Episerver Migration.” Ektron customers are making decisions on whether to stay on Ektron or move to Episerver and Chris’s knowledge and guidance provided a roadmap on the process of migrating and key considerations to make the project a success.

Chris Osterhout presents at Ascend

Of course, the conference wouldn’t be complete without an epic last-night party at the Marquee Nightclub in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. It was a chance to let loose, continue great conversations from the previous few days, imbibe in a few cocktails and dance.


Ascend Party at the Cosmopolitan Hotel
Image © Kendall Smith


The WSOL Team Takeaways

"In addition to being an annual refresher on the Episerver roadmap and plans for growth and success, Ascend is an opportunity to meet with colleagues, clients and partners from around the country during a focused, 3-day deep dive into all things Episerver. The knowledge gained and relationships built help to drive our business forward with renewed vision and purpose. Once again, Episerver delivered a can’t miss event and we’re already looking forward to next year."
Bill Casey, CEO
“Over the span of four days, I was given the opportunity to listen to a group of extraordinary people from all over the world talk about a subject that really matters. The most exciting part for me was to see Episerver developers explain the struggles they’ve faced trying to solve editor experience-related issues and how they overcame the problems, or, how they plan to continue working towards a solution if one hasn’t been determined yet. Meeting and talking openly with the people who built and maintain the product that I use every single day was extremely rewarding. Overall, there was a distinct feeling of togetherness because we all have similar goals in mind and really just want the best for the future of our websites.”
Kendall Smith, Lead QA Engineer

My big takeway was better understanding how the Episerver platform extends beyond just being a CMS. It provides breadth of marketing-focused products that allow the digital marketer more capabilities than ever before. I spent a lot of time learning about the features (both current and planned) of products such as Insights, Campaign and Advance. I’m excited to see how these products develop over time and how I can help our current clients take full advantage of them to help serve up personalized content.

If you are an Ektron or Episerver customer, we highly recommend you make plans now to attend Ascend 2019. Episerver has not yet released details, but let us know if the comments below if you’d like us to give you details when it’s announced.

About the Author

Allison Casey
Allison Casey
As WSOL’s Digital Marketing Director, Allison is responsible for assessing inbound marketing needs and developing a plan for maximizing returns on investment for clients. Her expertise includes marketing analytics, increasing organic search traffic, streamlining marketing process, and demystifying the inbound marketing methodology. With 15 years of marketing experience, Allison leads our HubSpot alliance and manages our team of certified inbound marketing strategists. An entrepreneur and wine lover at heart, Allison has started several wine businesses and she spends her spare time as an Uber driver for 3 very busy and demanding clients, her kids.
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