Tech Leaders - Monday

7:30AM: Breakfast


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8:40AM: Welcome to Ascend with President and CEO, Mark Duffell

​Join us in general session as Episerver President and CEO Mark Duffell kicks off proceedings. Hear his assessment of our business over the last year and our goals and plan for the year ahead, and learn how to get the best out of this year's Ascend conference.

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8:55AM: Keynote: Episerver Product Strategy and Roadmap with EVP Strategy and CMO, James Norwood

Join Episerver Executive Vice President of Strategy and CMO James Norwood to get right up-to-date on Episerver’s vision and product strategy for 2018 and beyond. You'll understand what Episerver's product roadmap for digital content, commerce, and marketing means to you and how it translates into significant investments we’ve made in areas such as cross-channel campaign management, artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous personalization, all designed to empower you to achieve continuous one-to-one engagement with your customers through truly immersive experiences.


9:40AM: Keynote: Kirsten Newbold-Knipp, Research Director at Gartner- Martech’s Role on the Journey to Exceptional Customer Experiences

Customer experience is today’s defining battlefield. Brands must evolve to meet customers how and where they want to engage. Kirsten will explore the art of the possible and discuss how companies at all levels of marketing maturity can exploit new capabilities in the digital marketing ecosystem. From content, commerce, mobile, and social to personalization, IoT, and artificial intelligence – brands are blending teams and technology to tailor the customer journey and extend the right experience to build customer lifetime value. With her unique blend of professional experience, enterprise marketing benchmarks, and analyst insight, Kirsten will invite participants to take action to move them beyond improved websites to enhanced customer journeys that can yield business results and brand advocacy.



10:45AM: Roadmap: Episerver CMS

With our continuous delivery cycle, Episerver continues to improve upon and expand our CMS offering. In this session, we will provide an overview of the direction we are going with Episerver CMS and how our plans will positively impact your business. 

10:45AM: Roadmap: Episerver Commerce

Join us as we discuss the future of Episerver Commerce, including key roadmap themes and the positive impact our plans will have on your business. We will also provide a recap of the latest enhancements and capabilities that have already been introduced through our continuous release cycle. 

11:30AM: Roadmap: Episerver Find

Episerver continues to improve Episerver Find, its Enterprise search solution built in to the Digital Experience Cloud. In this session, hear more about the direction we're headed with Find and how it will positively impact your business.

11:30AM: Unified Commerce & ERP Integration, the unavoidable path to success!

Leveraging Microsoft Dynamics and Episerver

There is no successful Unified Commerce implementation without a strong ERP integration. Although retailers, manufacturers or distributors always highly consider this part of their initiative, they often struggle making the right decisions in terms of approaches, process and solutions.

In this session, Thinkmax experts will share learnings from various experiences and highlight the key aspects to focus on. Approach pros and cons will be discussed.

Finally, through a couple of examples, we will explain how leveraging Microsoft Dynamics with Episerver enables clients to implement efficient and powerful unified commerce experiences.  

12:00PM: Lunch


1:00PM: Keynote: Microsoft Regional Director and Author at Pluralsight, Troy Hunt

Hear from Troy Hunt, a noted cybersecurity expert, author, educator and founder of data breach search aggregator, Have I Been Pwned? In 2011, Hunt was named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Developer Security. He was also named a Microsoft Regional Director in 2016.

2:15PM: Football at scale: Delivering a platform to empower the English Football League

Future-proof. Personalization. Flexibility. Being one of the largest club associations in the UK, the English Football League (EFL) needed a new platform to do all of these things and manage their 65 football club websites. Whilst maintaining some level of standardization, it was equally important that each website portrayed themselves uniquely serving the needs of a global fan-base. Join Paul Diamond, Client Services Director, and Dave Malins, Technical Director at Realise, to find out how they shaped a vision to ignite the passion of football fans and provide 65 clubs with a platform that delivered commercial success too. We will show you the process that allowed us to successfully deliver the largest Global Episerver Digital Experience Cloud implementation project in just 9 months, across all devices and in real-time - harnessing the power of Episerver.

3:00PM: Enabling a Digitally Agile Salesforce

We are surrounded by digitally savvy, self-directed buyers; there are more of them involved in every B2B buying decision; and technology is accelerating the change. How do our sales people meet these challenges? Learn how Xerox is developing its direct and indirect salesforce into digitally agile, trusted advisors using Episerver, mobile apps, social selling and marketing automation. 

3:00PM: Sales and Use Tax Compliance for Ecommerce Businesses

Sales and Use Tax compliance is a pass thru activity that neither creates revenue or contributes to your bottom line. More companies are moving to the internet and becoming reliant on drop shippers to fulfill customer orders. When these components involve different states, the sales and use tax compliance can become very problematic. Alex DeBlois, Sr. Director Business Development Partner Sales at Avalara, for help identifying, automating and managing multistate tax issues relating to drop shipments.

3:00PM: Episerver Perform and Reach: Integrated Personalization for a More Relevant and Engaging Experience

(Product Overview) Today's consumers expect a personalized experience every time they engage with your brand. Use Episerver Perform and Episerver Reach to exceed customer expectations with intelligent product recommendations for web and email, and automatic triggers and actions that quickly increase conversions, average order value and customer satisfaction. In this session, we will introduce you to Episerver Perform and Episerver Reach, two new products from our Episerver Personalization Suite. Join us to learn more about the products, see a demo and hear how other Episerver customers are already seeing a return on investment with intelligent personalization. 

3:00PM: Verisk and Wood Mackenzie: Content and Commerce Transformation

How an ecommerce-led digital transformation is helping redefine content and a new shared services model. A successful first year on Episerver for a global enterprise. 

3:45PM: Break


4:15PM: Episerver Insight: Do More with Data

(Product Overview) Episerver Insight empowers companies to collect and visualize anything from personal details and preferences to transaction history, attributes and classifications, and the multichannel customer journey. Join this session to learn more about Episerver Insight and how it can help you use your data to effectively increase engagement with customers. 

4:15PM: How to Measure ROI from Customer Experience Improvements on Episerver

Measuring the Return on Investment of Customer Experience improvements can be a very elusive thing. Improvements in CX should drive real business value, however, how do we actually measure the value? This session will include industry examples and applied best practices of how you can use the Episerver Digital Experience Cloud to activate highly personalized and relevant experiences that engage users and drive measurable ROI to the business. 

4:15PM: Driving engagement and awareness with digitized fundraising

Join CIO Patricia Anderson as she reviews how Golden Clover took advantage of Episerver's open and flexible platform to integrate raffle and auction engine services into their fundraising website. Pat will explain how they used the campaign functionality within Episerver for the creation of fundraising campaigns and how they implemented a self-service portal for customers to quickly and easily set up their own fundraisers, without any up-front costs or other barriers to entry. 

5:00PM: Monday Night Mixer: Welcome Reception sponsored by Microsoft

As the 1st day at Episerver Ascend comes to a close, it’s time to step out of the sessions and labs, and into our Monday Night Mixer, featuring good conversation and even better libations. It’s a chance to discuss the day’s content while getting to know our sponsors much better in the Partner Village.

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