Happy Birthday to us!!

We Are 3!

We have made it through the terrible two’s and are now a fully fledged toddler!

all the late nights, weekend working, and stress has helped us to get to where we are.

I still find it hard to believe we have made it to this milestone, we have trebled in size, moved into a nice big studio space with even more space to expand, have wonderful clients, and interesting projects, on both the web and UAV sides of the business.

I can’t thank our clients, partners, and staff enough for their ongoing support and encouragement.

Hopefully will be posting this again in another year!

The Story Continues..

space wall mural

Back in August, we brought on Caitlin as an intern. She is a Digital Art graduate from UWS who was trying to land her first grad job. She has been a web design enthusiast since a young age, and was trying to get back into this sector as her career. Caitlin was beginning the process of building her part-time business website from scratch, and our offer of an internship meant she had access to help from us if needed.

A couple of weeks ago, Caitlin joined us on a full-time basis to learn to become a developer through our training (think “wax on, wax off”) Caitlin has been designing our new t-shirts and mugs, these are heading to a client site near you soon, as well as getting up to speed with content editing client websites. In the New Year, when the weather improves, we will let her spread her wings and try some flying. Caitlin has also been great in helping Rosie, our studio partner, BlueStar Streamings’ intern, to create our fun, space-themed wall mural for the new office, which we hoped to have finished by Christmas, but isn’t far from completion now.

Caitlin has been an amazing addition to the team, bringing her own style, and energy to the studio.

Caitlin and Ash will be let loose on Sitecore as soon as possible, this will allow us to move forward with our plans for world domination aka Sitecore partnership.

Overall, its been a fantastic few months, we are excited to see what 2019 holds for us here at Arktouros, with old clients coming back for more, and new projects on the horizon.

Other side of the fence

As I hope you are aware, I have been working with the Sitecore platform for nearly 8 years now, and have developed against / enhanced it for a multitude of projects/sites which I have enjoyed immensely, and I am yet to find a limitation to the platform.

More recently I have had the pleasure of working directly with the Sitecore Professional Services team, working on the new v9.x EXM platform to extend the event tracking capabilities, and integration with 3rd party systems, it was extremely strange working inside the Sitecore namespace, rather than on a clients codebase. It felt like I had made it to the top table of Sitecore developers in Europe.

It was an amazing experience, working with the product teams, architects, developers and 3rd party suppliers, this really gave me a fuller appreciation for the entire platform, the passion that the teams show for the individual products that make up Sitecore CXP is commendable, and give me hope for the future of the platform.

so what insights I have gathered working on a large scale Sitecore 9 project, with Sitecore Professional Services…

I love xConnect, it makes working with contact data so much easier. No more complex custom queries into the Analytics DB, a few simple API calls and you have what you need. easily extendable using custom facets, and the speed it works at is quite remarkable.

  • Full Azure PaaS support, with simple setup
  • EXM works brilliantly (available in  v9 Update 1)
  • Solr has its quirks, but that was more to do wiht he Azure environment, so can’t really blame Solr
  • Everything is polished nicely and feels more robust that previous releases.

There are tons of other new features that I have yet to fully explore.

one main thing I picked up, was always allow extra time for 3rd party suppliers to complete tasks, no matter how big your organisation is.

if you have a problem with your Sitecore implementation or need a new one, get in touch we can help you out, no matter what version you are running.

 

The sky’s the limit…..

cambusnethan prioiry

or so they say, but not for us anymore.

Our Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) journey started way back in 2013, when we built our first drone, it didn’t end well.

A few years later and a new chapter for Arktouros, we are still offering the same expert level of development/marketing skills and experience, but we are now offering aerial video and photography to our ever growing list of services.

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