The conference, which was held in London attracted 75 delegates from all over the UK and Ireland who came together to learn more about the Kentico CMS, how best to utilise this fantastic system and share our experiences of Kentico with our peers.
How it all began
The day was started off with Petr Palas the Founder and CEO of Kentico Software, who told us of the success Kentico has seen over the last few years and how it now has an impressive 1,200 partners all over the world; which in comparison to competitive CMS such as Episerver and Sitecore, speaks volumes for the uptake and confidence agencies have with this fantastic solution.
Kenticoís Intranet Solution
After Petrís engaging talk on the direction of Kentico and their position in the market so far, we were introduced to the Kentico 5.5 R2 Intranet Solution by Michal Neuwirth. I promise, if you havenít heard about this Kentico offering already that this is NOT an April Fools hoax. Kentico really have launched an intranet version of their CMS! In MMT Digitalís opinion the intranet solution is a great addition to the Kentico CMS and means that our clients will now only have to learn how to administrate one solution saving considerable time, training and money. Michal explained how the intranet solution has international support functionality allowing global companies to publish content to colleagues all over the world allowing for greater collaboration between employees in different offices. Other functionality includes social networking support, work groups, and document libraries. Finally, Kenticoís seamless integration with Microsoft Office will allow you to easily open, edit and save documents from your browser.
The highlight of the show
Follow a presentation from Wayne Jasek on how to sell Kentico against Open Source CMS, MMT Digitalís very own Kentico genius took to the stage. James Canning our CTO and Joint MD gave a very enthusiastic talk on an agencies view of Kentico. The main message that James and the rest of MMT Digital hope the partners at the conference understood was how we should all be aiming to build the best possible Kentico driven solutions, not only for ourselves but for the whole community and make Kentico the CMS of choice - which in the end will benefit all of us.
Kentico Version 6.0
Martin Hejtmanek then introduced us to the biggest version release of Kentico so far. Kentico 6.0, which is planned to be released in September this year. Iíd like to name just a few of the planned updates to the Kentico CMS - mainly because Iíll be writing forever and secondly because I donít think Iíll be able to give the update justice by writing just one short paragraph. Some of these new features include additional ecommerce improvements and functionality, new on-line marketing functionality and further support for the upcoming hosting solution Windows Azure.
I believe Iím speaking for everyone who attended the conference when I say it was exceptionally interesting, informative, useful, and most of all fun to meet lots of other like minded Kentico experts. I should probably note that there was no April Fooling around though!
About Kentico CMS
Kentico CMS is an affordable Web content management solution providing a complete set of features for building Websites, community sites, intranets and on-line stores on the Microsoft ASP.NET platform. It supports WYSIWYG editing, workflows, multiple languages, full-text search, SEO, on-line forms, image galleries, forums, groups, blogs, polls, media libraries and is shipped with 200+ configurable Web parts. Itís currently used by more than 4,000 websites in 84 countries. The clients include Microsoft, McDonald's, Vodafone, O2, Orange, Brussels Airlines, Mazda, Ford, Subaru, Samsung, Gibson, ESPN, Guinness, DKNY, Abbott Labs, Medibank, Ireland.ie and others.
About Kentico Software
Kentico Software (kentico.com) helps clients create professional Websites, online stores, community sites and intranets using Kentico CMS for ASP.NET. It's committed to deliver a full-featured, enterprise-class, stable and scalable Web Content Management solution on the Microsoft .NET platform. Founded in 2004, Kentico is headquartered in the Czech Republic and has a U.S. office in Nashua, NH. Since its inception, Kentico has continued to rapidly expand the Kentico CMS user base worldwide. Kentico Software is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. In 2010, Kentico was named the fastest growing technology company in the Czech Republic in the Deloitte Technology FAST 50 awards.
For more information about Kentico please contact Eric C. Webb / P: +1-603-336 6020 / E: eric.webb[.]kentico.com.