Foreword by Amar Patel, Business Director:
Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts that seek to explore the new Sitecore Experience Accelerator (SXA) from the point of view of various stakeholders in an SXA project. We begin with the author. Creating a great author experience is arguably the single biggest factor to ensure success and high adoption of a Sitecore platform rollout within marketing teams and the SXA has the potential to transform this experience. We hope you enjoy the series which has been researched and written by one of our budding Digital Academy Interns. For those needing a quick update, check out our SXA Service Offerings.
Enjoy more control and peace of mind
When it comes to creating digital experiences, technical content creators and developers are traditionally involved throughout the entire process. However, when taking the accelerated approach by using the SXA, authors are given a great deal of power. With customisable templates and out-of-the-box reusable components you no longer need to rely on back end developers to create sites, landing pages and campaigns. With the SXA you know that your work can be published faster and more easily than ever before, as you only need to configure, not develop the elements of your site.
Coding is taken out of the equation
You can now enjoy closer and faster collaboration with your entire team, without depending on developers to publish new experiences. Simply using drag & drop, wireframes and entire webpages can be created in only a fraction of the time otherwise needed, enabling you to reach your audiences faster.
Digital Execution activities run in parallel
The SXA fundamentally changes the way digital experience teams work. Creating fully functional prototype experiences becomes a pivotal part of the process early on. If you’re an agency or designer, you can get input from your clients throughout the entire journey from ideation to the go-live phase. Or, if you are part of a marketing team, you can get buy-in from the entire team by showing them exactly what they are going to get. Long gone are the days where authors could only share half-developed versions of experiences, waiting for other team members to catch up. This is how a typical site production project would unfold without the accelerated approach:
Using the SXA means that you can create and refine experiences much more quickly and work towards releasing them to your customers at an accelerated pace. The two-phase ‘design then develop’ process is a thing of the past. These two traditionally consecutive phases can now be done in parallel, bringing the excitement of the go-live date a lot closer, every time. The following graphic shows what can now done in parallel:
Format is separated from content, so you can work on what you do best, while enjoying great collaboration with your designer team. What’s more, using the SXA’s Sticky Notes, you can post important information on a prototype for everyone on the team to see, such as an imminent change or a request for an additional piece of content from another author.
BYOC: Bring Your Own Content
Since content can now be added much earlier in the process, you’ll find that some of the frustrations of dependencies on other team members are eliminated. You can now work in your own time. Save all of your emotional energy for what is important: creating fantastic, relevant and engaging content. Not writing the code, or waiting for somebody else to write it.