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Analytics Processing on DataSource Items

October 2, 2018

How to wire DataSource Items to process the Analytics Tracking field to trigger goals and page events!

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The EXM Experience: Tips, Tricks, and How to Get Started

For those interested, I have scheduled a slot for the Sitecore New England User Group on my presentation on Sitecore’s Email Experience Manager on March 14th, 2018! This will be my first overall presentation to the Sitecore community and hopefully the first of many more to come!  I will also be submitting this for SUGCON… Read More ›

Bug: Sitecore’s Heartbeat.aspx page returns 500 Error

Since 8.0+, Sitecore has been adding various connection strings to the ConnectionStrings.config file that are not SQL Connection strings.  Out of the box, Sitecore provides one called reporting.apikey which is normally empty.  However, Sitecore modules, such as Email Experience Manager have been adding a slew of new connection strings for things cipher keys, Dispatch server paths,… Read More ›

Sitecore XP 8.1 with Solr/Glass/AutoFac (Part 1)

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been working my way through trying to get Sitecore 8.1 to work with the latest tools: Solr Server v6, Autofac v3.5, and Glass Mapper v4.  Turns out it was quite a journey and definitely in need of some blogging support.  This is the first part in a series of blog… Read More ›


In 1997, a weirdly branded band named “Chumbawamba” came out with a surprisingly fantastic one hit wonder called “Tubthumping”. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do.  The reason that I’m blogging about this right now, is that surprisingly, the lyrics are very symbolic to life events going on with me personally and… Read More ›

Back In Action: The Start of Something…

Sitecore Hacker Is Here Well, as of tonight, sitting on my comfy couch, watching the televised Spartan race and realizing that I have quite a ways to go before I can climb over any muddy walls, I have made the decision to start the epic journey of socializing, blogging, and trying to get my name… Read More ›

Monitors: Does Size Really Matter?

Over the last 15 years, I’ve been exposed to a number of varying working conditions that either enhanced or negated my productivity. In the last 6 years though, one working condition that I have become increasingly used to (and at an alarming rate) is how much I love my dual 30 inch monitors at work…. Read More ›

Inbox Zero: Filing My Opinion

A little over two weeks ago, I started using the Inbox Zero technique. This was after realizing that 47,812 emails that I had in my inbox was not sustainable. Even my Outlook Search was having issues finding emails to which I would just spend hours looking for a needle in a haystack. Anyways, a colleague… Read More ›

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