Thursday, August 31, 2023
Last week I had the pleasure of attending SUGCON India 2023 in Delhi, India. This was the first time we’d run a SUGCON in India since 2019 and it was great to be back once more, interacting with the local Sitecore community. There was a lot of effort in involved in pulling the event off, and I do want to start by thanking all of the organisers for the time they invested in making this event the success that it was.
I was privileged to be chosen to deliver one of the keynote sessions this year, where I talked about a recent project I worked on where we integrated Sitecore Search into our Developer Portal. This was very well received and led to many questions afterwards, and many further conversations throughout the event. It was great to see the amount of interest there is in Sitecore Search from the attendees!
The quality of the sessions that were delivered at the event was of a very high standard. They ranged from high-level sessions covering Composable DXP’s in general and the power they can bring to customers, all the way down to technical deep dives on specific features and use-cases. Some of my highlights were:
The closing keynote was also a highly enjoyable part of the event. Each of the representatives from Sitecore (Pieter, Nicole, Andy, Alistair and myself) held a panel discussion and open Q&A session. This gave the attendees the chance to ask any lingering questions that they hadn’t had the chance to ask already. The topics were very wide from specific feature questions on the products through to general questions about the best way that Sitecore can support the local Indian community… and of course the age-old question of Sandboxes and how people can get access to Sitecore’s newer SaaS products – we hear you and are working on a solution!
As much as I enjoyed everything I mentioned above, as with every event I seem to attend nowadays, the true highlight was getting to interact with the local community we have on the ground. It’s amazing to see the passion they have for Sitecore and our products. It was great to see so many familiar faces from the events back in 2018 & 2019, but it was also great to see so many new faces as well, a good balance that shows how healthy the Sitecore community in India is.
I just want to finish off by saying that of course trips like this aren’t always about work though, we always try to make sure that we get out and see some of the places we visit and India is no different. On this trip, we made the journey down to see the Taj Mahal after the event had finished, and it truly is an amazing site to see. Really all of the descriptions of it you hear just cannot do it justice, and it was great to experience it with the awesome team we had on-site.
So, whether it’s the always friendly people, the amazing effort from the organisers & speakers, the food, the noise or the general sights you see around the city – India is one of my favourite places to visit and certainly one of my favourite SUGCON events.
Here’s looking forward to doing it all again in 2024!