Sitecore Habitat In The Trenches - Video Presentation

Posted 06-29-2016 by Dennis Augustine

Thoughtful architecture can transform a simple tool shed into a flexible, efficient work of art that integrates seamlessly into its surroundings. Whether you're building wooden tool sheds or WCMS systems, great architecture will help make your project look better, perform better, last longer, cost less, and be a heck of a lot more fun to build while poor (or no) architecture can be bad news all around.

Wooden Shed Architected by Rever & Drage
Photo credit: dezeen.com

If you're like me and have been doing Sitecore for a while with a variety of clients, you'll know that cracking open a new client's Sitecore project can be, as Forest Gump's mamma would say, "...like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get." Sitecore's versatility has, in this sense, been a double-edged sword, I've seen everything from utter chaos to fantastically brilliant implementations with very little agreement in the community, even among the most experienced implementers, with regards to how things really ought to be done. Until now...!

[Update - Sep 20, 2016]: One of the many great takeaways from the 2016 Sitecore Symposium is Helix vs Habitat. Helix is a set of overall design principles and conventions for Sitecore development while Habitat is a real Sitecore project implemented on the Sitecore Experience Platform using Helix Architecture. 

Habitat is Sitecore's answer to the call for standardized, best-practice-based architectural guidance for Sitecore projects. Last week I had the pleasure of presenting at the Toronto Sitecore User Group regarding Habitat and what it promises for the Sitecore community. In this video I discuss the Habitat architecture, what comes in the box and why Habitat matters.  In the later part of the video I'm joined by one of our partners, Razor Fish's Ben Switzer, who shares his "in the trenches" experience doing a major Habitat-based implementation. There's also a special treat for you: a surprise appearance from the man behind Habitat, Sitecore's own Thomas Eldblom!  Don't miss his Habitat session at this year's Sitecore Symposium.

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  • Hi Dennis, I really liked your presentation on Habitat. Some really good pointers to take onboard, especially in how we want to shape our talks with the client and optimised not just productivity, but also reduced costs on getting requirements shaped and realised with Habitat's consistency and modularity approach. I will like to check with you if it's possible to share those slides you presented in your video. It will be deeply appreciated. :) Regards, Adrian