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- Third Party Integrations
SDL Web is quite rich with its set of APIs exposed and can be used to access any content – published, unpublished, under workflow process, everything.
It could be a WCF based service that can be used to access pages, content and other building blocks of your website, the user, groups and other admin related information; it could be an OData based service exposing all “published only” content; it could be a dll or jar file that you can reference in your web application to interact with SDL Web or it could be a special library to connect with external content provided by third party applications – possibilities are limitless.
So you can for example, integrate your SDL Web based website with:
– Salesforce creating leads and opportunities
– Applications like Eloqua, Marketo, Pardot etc. submitting information collected via various forms on your website
– Sharepoints to access docs or intranet information
– Tools like Documentum, Flickr, AWS S3 Bucket etc.
– Integrate with SOLR, Elastic Search, AWS Cloud Search etc. to index and search content
– Integrate with Brightcove, Vimeo, Ooyala to access and play videos on your website
- Asset Management
SDL Web allows to create multimedia content (images, video, documents etc.) of almost all types and allow to manage even large amount of assets in SDL Web CMS itself – I actually had an experience where we have imported millions of assets from a popular asset management system and handle/deliver them solely from SDL Web without any issue and acceptable performance.If you need full-fledged Digital Asset Management (DAM) system with advanced features of Asset Management system like out of the box Content Delivery Network (CDN), resizing, cropping, multi-channel media (different size, different format) etc., then you can choose to configure SDL Media Manager which comes as a part of SDL Web suite and integrates easily with SDL Web – To get a glimpse of SDL Media Manager you can read THIS blog of mine.
- Document Management
As mentioned above, you can create documents by uploading documents as a multimedia component with in SDL Web directly, however, if you are looking for a full fledged Document Management System (DMS) based on DITA format, you may use an Add-on product SDL Knowledge Center (formerly Live Content) provided by SDL and integrates with SDL quite nicely and easily.SDL Knowledge Center is an enterprise solution for creating, managing and delivering high quality structured content for technical documentation and self-service support. You can download the SDL Knowledge Center data sheet from HERE
- Multi-channel Campaigning
If you need a multi-channel campaigning, you certainly custom implement it in SDL Web system; alternatively, for a full fledged Campaigning system, you may opt for SDL Campaigns product suites, which allows to create customer segment and combine everything you know about your customer into a visual dashboard – this gives you a full picture of your customer and allows you to engage with your customer through targeted campaigns across multiple channels
The ever growing community of SDL Web is awesome – the community has added a real value to the product. The SDL Community has been able to bring following value addition on the table:
- Alchemy For Tridion (A4T)
This is essentially an add-on for SDL Web and is serves majorly two purpose – provides a framework to extend the GUI of the SDL Web and allow to configure and setup those GUI extensions by mere drag and drop on SDL Web interface. Second, it provides a web-store containing hundreds of plug-in created and shared by the community and can be re-use – and all this is free of cost. You can read more about Alchemy For Tridion and gather all necessary resource at Alchemy Webstore
- Dynamic Delivery For Tridion (DD4T)
DD4T is a development framework which enables the use of MVC Architecture in SDL Web based website. It comes in two flavours – DD4T with .NET and DD4T with Java. The DD4T stores the pages and content in Database as a data instead of code files on file system – you can use the REST APIs to fetch this data in your web application and render on views
- Digital Experience Accelerator (DXA)
DXA is another development framework or rather a website implementation tool-kit owned and supported by SDL and actively enhanced by the community. DXA comes with a basic website using standard best practice out of the box which can be re-used, extended or built upon for faster development cycle. DXA is also available in two flavours – DXA with .NET and DXA with Java
DXA at its core utilizes the DD4T framework – there are efforts in place to merge the DD4T with DXA so as to have a more powerful combined package available for use.
- Search Integration For Tridion (SI4T)
SI4T is another open source project developed by the community which allows you to index your published content into Web App Search Engines like SOLR, AWS Cloud Search etc. which can be further used to enable fast enterprise search and filtering of content on the website
- Tridion Stack Exchange Website
Tridion Stack Exchange website (https://tridion.stackexchange.com/) is a Q and A website for Tridion developers, administrator and architects. You can visit this community website for any query related to a implementation and the rich community will try to answer generously
The SDL Web community is quit active in blogging and hundreds of blogs are out there which can be referenced and gain knowledge from.
A partial list of such blogs and other online references can be found on Tridion Stack Exchange
- MVP Program
To encourage the active participation in the community and to thank all those active community members who made the community great, SDL runs an MVP (Most Valued Professional) Award, in which all active members are identified and awarded with this prestigious award every year.
Learn more about the MVP Program on SDL Community
- Alchemy For Tridion (A4T)
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