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For the third year, Hannon Hill will be holding its annual Cascade Server User’s Conference in Atlanta, GA, September 22-23. During this conference, Cascade Server users from around the country gather for this two-day event to collaborate, meet the Hannon Hill staff, learn tips & tricks, and in general, learn more about Cascade Server.I was able to attend the first conference in 2006, and was asked to participate in a roundtable discussion with two other users. It was a great opportunity to share how Beacon uses Cascade Server as an Application Service Provider (ASP), and share some tips & strategies that we use. I met a lot of great people, and still collaborate with many of them today.
In 2007, I was asked by Hannon Hill to speak during a technical session on how Beacon, as an ASP, uses Cascade Server. However, I was unable to attend, as my wife and I were moving into our first house that day, so I had to respectfully decline. I had to think about my decision for a while: go to Atlanta, stay in a nice hotel, eat great food, and have some fun, or lift heavy furniture, paint rooms, clean, and get no sleep? I guess I made the right choice by choosing the latter! Members of Beacon’s team did attend the conference and said that it was a great experience, and I caught up with everything that happened by watching the session videos.
This year, since I’m definitely not buying a house again, I’ll not only be attending the conference with other members of the Beacon staff, but I’ll also be a speaker during one of the business user sessions. I’ll be doing a “Tips & Tricks for End Users” session, where I’ll be covering:
- Smart implementations for large sites
- Content re-use
- Using structured content (Data Definitions)
- Integrate Cascade Server with eCommerce and other database applications (scripting languages)
- Manage Search Engine Marketing efforts
- Control full Flash websites and Flash applications
- Tips on training end users and providing documentation
I won’t lie and say that I’m not nervous about speaking in front of a crowd, but it’s something that I’m eager to do. In Hannon Hill’s “Call for Speakers”, they asked, “Are you proud of your implementation?”. I thought about that, and answered “yes!”. I’m proud of how much Beacon has invested in this software in order to offer CMS solutions to our customers. I’m proud of how my team implements Cascade Server sites that are tailored to the customer’s individual needs.
Check back here after September 23rd, and I’ll give you an update on how it went. Wish me luck!