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Epi Partner Close-Up 2019 was held on February 6th in Stockholm. For the first time, more than 600 of Episerver’s partners from all regions were gathered together, including First Line Software’s EU VP of Sales, Marcus Portström. Attendees were introduced to the latest product news and roadmaps from Episerver, participated in hosted panel discussions and heard insights shared from customer case studies.

There were parallel tracks for sales and developers, with many opportunities for Episerver and its partners to talk about how they can find ways to increase levels of cooperation.

2018 in Review

While Episerver has completed a number of acquisitions in new technology over the past few years, 2018 was very much about focusing on how to integrate and enhance the full technology stack.

A great deal of focus was directed to the Personalization suite, which included the integration of Machine Learning throughout the entire platform, providing a completely personalized experience for each visitor. Thorough visitor tracking and data analytics with Episerver Insight and BI tools was introduced and cloudification of the entire Episerver offering was completed.

From what could be seen during the Developer Track, Episerver has not slowed down integration of Episerver campaign, which means that unification of the full suite now makes it much easier to implement the complete Epsierver offering.

The acquisition by Insight Venture Partners in 2018 for $1.16 Billion validated that Episerver has made its mark. The new owners have made a significant investment in marketing, nearly doubling the budget ‒ ensuring more events like this one ‒ as well as in maintaining and enhancing the core products. This is positive news to all clients who have been anxiously waiting to see enhancements made to the great search solution Find.

Episerver also improved the infrastructure and processes for DXC Service, by opening the doors to the production environment, which eliminated the need for a middle man during deployments and allowing a full CI/CD approach.

As for the future, Epi partners can expect to see more exciting developments, as was confirmed by an updated roadmap that shows Episerver isn’t about to slow down. The transition to .NET Core is welcomed by the market. But what’s more interesting is the move from being highly modular and similar to Microservices, to a true containerized Microservices infrastructure.

With regard to the partner network there has been an increase in Partner Managers and a pronounced focus on tighter collaboration with each partner. This is not only to ensure alignment with customer needs and the technical approach for each project, but also to increase the likelihood that feedback directed to Episerver from partners and clients will be taken into account more rapidly.

As part of this focus on partners, an event like the Partner Close-Up offered a great way to get to know both implementation and technology partners for Episerver.

Evening Festivities and Awards

During the evening attendees enjoyed Episerver Palooza – a night that included dinner, the Partner Awards and a few surprises.

Episerver presented 15 partner awards in total – both local and EMEA Awards. It was great to see that, in addition to the local awards covering six countries, three EMEA awards were announced. The winners were:

Partner of the Year – EMEA

Avensia (Sweden) was recognized for outstanding performance across the EMEA region.

EMEA Partner of the Year – Digital Experience

Made to Engage (UK) was recognized for delivering a solution with an exceptional customer experience.

EMEA Partner of the Year – Ascender

Prodware (Spain) was recognized for strong growth and investment in Episerver expertise.

Now that the 2019 Epi Partner CloseUp is
history, everyone is looking forward to attending Episerver Ascend.

To learn more about how First Line Software can customize and accelerate your Episerver installation, Contact Us , for a no-obligation conversation to explore the possibilities.

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David Tedford

Vice President

David Tedford has over 20 years of sales experience within the IT/software industry. He excels at sales, business development, channel development, sales cycle management, negotiations, and sales team management.

Vladimir Litoshenko

Senior Vice President

As the head of business development for First Line Software, Vladimir heads up business development in Western Europe and Russia.


Vladimir began his career in IT in 2002, when, as a student of Faculty of Automation of Computer Science of the First Electrotechnical University (ETU “LETI”), he began his work at The Morfizpribor Central Research Institute (CRI). Vladimir joined the StarSoft team (predecessor of First Line Software) in 2004 as a Junior Software Developer. As he gained experience with more and more projects, he was promoted to leadership roles.

Richard Leslie

UK Business Development

Richard has over 15 years of sales and account management expertise in the IT and Tech sector. He has worked on many outsourcing engagements with global companies.

David Fien

Director

David is a business development professional with more than 20 years’ experience as a specialist in the acquisition of partnerships and IT/software services for associations, not-for profits and corporations in Australia, New Zealand and USA. He has specific expertise in the healthcare, legal and hospitality industries.