eZ Conference 2015

The eZ Content Technology Conference

November 3rd, 4th & 5th 2015

The eZ Content Technology Conference is an annual conference where ideas are exchanged, connections are made, and business accomplishments are recognized. eZ Conference will bring together the largest gathering of members from the eZ community from around the world - from those who use eZ Publish, eZ Publish Platform or forthcoming eZ Platform and Studio, to the developers and designers creating online experiences.

This year marks a special occasion for the conference for two reasons. It will be the first time the conference is hosted outside of Europe, taking place this year in the bustling city of New York. It will also be time to celebrate the fall release of eZ Platform and eZ Studio, as we discuss the many possibilities for the future platform. So join us for a week of celebration, talks, learning, networking and awards as we grow our community and conference into the future. 

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Paul Boag

Paul Boag

Consultant/Author/Speaker (boagworld)

(Keynote Speaker & Workshop Leader)

Paul Boag is a leader in digital strategy with over 20 years experience. Through consultancy, speaking, writing, training and mentoring he passionately promotes digital best practice. Paul is a prolific writer having written Digital Adaptation, Website Owners Manual, Client Centric Web Design and numerous articles for publications such as net magazine, Smashing Magazine and Sitepoint. Paul also speaks extensively on various aspects of digital both at conferences across the world and on his award winning podcast.

Karen McGrane

Karen McGrane

Speaker/Author (Karen McGrane)

Karen McGrane plays nicely in the content strategy, information architecture, and interaction design sandboxes. She is the author of Content Strategy for Mobile from A Book Apart; Managing Partner at Bond Art + Science, a UX consultancy she founded in 2006; and formerly VP and National Lead for User Experience at Razorfish. She's led projects for dozens of clients, including The New York Times, Condé Nast, and The Atlantic. She also teaches Design Management in the Interaction Design MFA program at the School of Visual arts.

Deane Barker Headshot

Deane Barker

Chief Strategy Officer (Blend Interactive)

Deane is a founding partner at Blend Interactive and a regular speaker on the content management and strategy circuit and writes about various web technologies at Gadgetopia. He is also the author of the book Web Content Management: Systems, Features, and Best Practices.

Bernhard Schussek

Bernhard Schussek

Core Developer (Symfony)

(Workshop Leader & Speaker) Bernhard - better known as webmozart - is a long-term member of the Symfony core team and lead developer of various Symfony components. He represents Symfony at PHP-FIG and is a passionate proponent of interoperability in the PHP ecosystem. Lately, Bernhard has been developing Puli, a resource management toolkit built on top of Composer.

Dave Wieneke

Dave Wieneke

Digital Strategy Practice Director (Connective DX)

(Workshop Leader)

A RISD grad and former trek guide, Dave Wieneke directs the digital strategy consulting practice for ConnectiveDX, a digital experience agency. His clients include hospital and financial systems, as well as innovators in publishing and wearable technology. Dave teaches graduate courses in digital business and mobile design at Northeastern and Rutgers Universities. Prior to agency life, Dave built the digital teams of Thomson Reuters Legal, and the world affairs newspaper Christian Science Monitor.

Subrata Mukherjee

Subrata Mukherjee

Vice President of Product Management (Economist Digital)

Subrata is the Vice President, Product Management at The Economist. In his current role, he is leading a global transformation program for re-imagining and automating the entire lead to cash process for the B2C subscription business. Parts of the program include, but not limited to Access, Entitlement, Commerce, Payment processing, Personalization, Subscription Management, DMP, MDM, Customer Services and Revenue recognition automation. He was worked with Tier 1 companies like Bloomberg, Standard & Poors, McGraw-Hill, Sears Roebuck and Co.

Ryan Weaver

Ryan Weaver

US Office Head & Trainer (KnpLabs)

(Workshop Leader & Speaker) 

Ryan Weaver is the documentation lead for the Symfony Framework, trainer and consultant at KnpLabs US, writer for KnpUniversity.com and an avid supporter of open source as a tool to solve serious business problems. Ryan likes to present topics in a narrative way - building real applications and telling a story as you learn and develop. He's a published author, speaker and, most importantly, the husband of the wonderful Leanna Pelham.

Denis Antipov

Denis Antipov

Lead Software Engineer (Hootsuite)

A CMS Feature Lead Software Engineer at Hootsuite. Denis has nearly a decade of experience building and maintaining enterprise CMS systems based on a variety of technology platforms.

Jeff Herron

Jeff Herron

Principal Consultant & Partner (Beaconfire RedEngine)

Jeff is a co-founder of Beaconfire and serves as Executive Sponsor and/or Principal Consultant on client projects. Jeff forges strategic partnerships and oversees staffing and resourcing for the company to ensure the best fit teams on each project.

Sebastien Morel

Sébastien Morel

Head of U.S. Operations and Technology (Novactive)

Head of Novactive Corporation in San Francisco. Winner of the Innovation of the Year 2012 and author of eZ Accelerator. eZ Publish specialist since 2005 Sébastien is an expert in building high traffic website and mobile apps.

Janne Kalliola

Janne Kalliola

CEO (Exove)

Janne Kalliola is the founder and CEO of Exove, a leading company in using open technologies to improve customers’ digital business in the Nordic countries and Baltic states.

Ivo Lukač

Co-founder (Netgen)

Co-founder of Netgen, Croatian based web company focusing on eZ Publish and Symfony as server side technologies. eZ Publish Innovation Board Member. Frequent speaker on various conferences. Organises eZ Publish Summer Camp (since 2012) and PHP Summer Camp (since 2014). Hosts The eZ Publish Show online hangout every few months.

Gilles Guirand

Gilles Guirand

CTO & Co-founder (Kaliop)

Gilles is Kaliop's CTO/co-founder & member of the eZ Publish community board. He is widely acknowledged by the community to be one of the eZ Publish experts on highly technical and complex projects. He extended his expertise to other tools & communities : Symfony, Silex, Varnish, Solr, NewRelic, CI tools & the devOps culture.

Björn Dieding

Björn Dieding

CEO (xrow GmbH)

Björn Dieding is the owner of xrow GmbH. In his 15 years of professional experience he has designed and delivered content and commerce solutions to customers. Björn has received honorary awards for his achievements with eZ Systems.

Roland Benedetti

Roland Benedetti

Chief Product & Marketing Officer (eZ Systems)

Head of the eZ's New York office.

Product Management / Digital User Experiences / Product Strategy.

Jacques Leroy

Jacques Leroy

Digital Regional Manager (Whirlpool GIS)

Worked in Digital and eCommerce for more the 18th years, mostly in North America and Europe. Build and design multi-channel eCommerce solutions for customers. Mission design and innovate around digital solution and eCommerce for EMEA and Global GIS team. Manage with a team 151 sites across 34 markets in EMEA with list of common components like Digital assets, analytic, responsive design and 3rd party integration.

Aleksander Farstad

Aleksander Farstad

CEO (eZ Systems)

Founded eZ with Bård in 1999. Served as CEO until 2009. Board Director and Strategic Advisors until 2013 before coming back as CEO.

Gabriele Perego

Gabriele Perego

CTO (S'nce Group)

Member of Milan PHP group. Worked for several years as consultant in CMS and e-commerce solutions for different markets and businesses. Peculiar focus on developing consumer experience in complex enterprise environments. eZ and Symfony integration expert. Interested in DevOps and automatic deployment strategies to speed up and optimize standard development workflow processes.

Frank Dege

Frank Dege

CTO (silver.solutions GmbH)

CTO and Co-founder of silver.solutions, a Berlin based e-commerce company focusing on eZ Publish and eCommerce. Member of the eZ Publish Innovation Board, Frank has been into e-commerce for more than 25 years.

Ania Hentz

Ania Hentz

CEO (silver.solutions GmbH)

CEO and Co-founder of silver.solutions, a Berlin based ecommerce company focusing on eZ Publish and eCommerce. Ania has more than 15 years of experience in ecommerce and business process optimization.

André Rømcke

Vice President of Engineering (eZ Systems)

(Workshop Leader)

Vice President of engineer at eZ Systems; kanban "master", project & release manger of eZ Platform. Worked 7 years with PHP and eZ Publish, prior experience with .net and general web consulting, bachelor in economics.

Damien Pobel

Damien Pobel

Lead Engineer User Interface (eZ Systems)

(Workshop Leader)

Damien is an active member of the eZ Publish community since 2005, he won 2 "Blogger of the year" eZ Awards and worked for two of the biggest eZ Systems' partners since 2004. He also worked with others tools such as Liferay and Magento. He's now Lead Engineer User Interface in the eZ Engineering team working in the Lyon, France office.

Bertrand Dunogier

Bertrand Dunogier

Lead Software Engineer (eZ Systems)

(Workshop Leader)

Software engineer for eZ Systems in Lyon, specializing in eZ clustering.

Jérome Vieilledent

Jérome Vieilledent

Lead Engineer of eZ & Symfony (eZ Systems)

(Workshop Leader)

Jérôme is a completely self-educated web developer. He started developing with eZ Publish and Symfony in 2007. He is now part of eZ Engineering in Lyon, France.

*Note: Workshops, along with conference talks, will be separated by two tracks; Business (Main Room) and Technical (Theater).

Day 1
09:30 - 11:00
Using eZ Platform for Development
Bertrand Dunogier
Ryan Weaver
Tech
Using eZ Platform for Development

(Beginner Workshop)

This first workshop will be introducing eZ Platform to developers. No specific knowledge is required beyond basic PHP and standard web development. 

09:30 - 11:00
Business/Functional Workshop TBA
11:00 - 12:30
Using Symfony, controllers, templates, routes & tweaking
Ryan Weaver
Bertrand Dunogier
Tech
Using Symfony, controllers, templates, routes & tweaking

(Intermediate Workshop)

Those who have attended the previous beginners workshop and who have basic knowledge of PHP and web development will be prepared for this workshop.

11:00 - 12:30
Business/Functional Workshop TBA
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 15:30
Repository Forms and Dealing with User Generated Content
Jérome Vieilledent
Bertrand Dunogier
Tech
Repository Forms and Dealing with User Generated Content

(Intermediate Workshop)

No specific knowledge required beyond basic PHP and standard web development knowledge. Having followed the morning sessions is a plus.

14:00 - 17:00
How Ready is Your Organization to Deliver a Great Digital Experience?
15:30 - 17:00
Extending Forms and Writing Your Own Form Types
Bernhard Schussek
Jérome Vieilledent
Tech
Extending Forms and Writing Your Own Form Types

(Intermediate Workshop)

This workshop will dive deeper into form building. Beginner who followed part 1 will already be prepared. 

Day 2
09:30 - 11:00
Extending Platform UI
Damien Pobel
Tech
Extending Platform UI

(Intermediate Workshop)

Intermediate knowledge of JS and basic eZ Platform and Symfony is needed for this session. Attending the Tuesday sessions is a plus and should prepare you for this workshop.

09:30 - 12:30
A non-designers guide to user interface design
Paul Boag
Business
A non-designers guide to user interface design

A designer delivers a set of Photoshop documents. Now it falls to the rest of the team to make that vision a reality. But what about all the details the designer has ignored? What about those little interactions that make or break an experience? What about those error messages, animations and details that make all the difference?

In this workshop Paul Boag will show you how to enhance the experience of users after the designer has walked away. You will learn:

  • Making user centric forms.
  • Improving the perception of speed.
  • Helping users when things go wrong.
  • How to deal with edge cases.
  • Using animation to create delight.

But most of all you will learn you don’t need a designer to tell you how to create a great experience! 

11:00 - 12:30
Using Solr to Speed Up Your Queries
Tech
Using Solr to Speed Up Your Queries

(Advanced Workshop)

Intermediate PHP and basic eZ Platform knowledge is required for this session. Attending the Tuesday sessions is a plus and should prepare you for this workshop.

12:30 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:00
(Keynote) Intro to eZ Platform - Past, Present & Future
Roland Benedetti

Business
(Keynote) Intro to eZ Platform - Past, Present & Future

Description coming soon. 

15:00 - 15:30
Best in content & commerce: eZ Publish, Salesforce and ERP
Björn Dieding
Business
Best in content & commerce: eZ Publish, Salesforce and ERP

Showing a customer case of an ecommerce business process with eZ Publish Content Management, Saleforce and a ERP governed by a BPM workflow engine. Todays enterprises need to think digital and bring their business online, consumable to customers and interoperable between services. We are providing a model for digitalisation within any company. A BPM Workengine has been integrated into eZ Publish to plan, analyze, execute, control and monitor business processes. A service based interface has been created as a self service for customers, to exchange business relevant data and trigger company wide processes.

15:00 - 15:45
Puli: PHP’s Next Package Revolution
Bernhard Schussek
Tech
Puli: PHP’s Next Package Revolution

The development of Composer packages is thriving. But much effort is duplicated, creating the same packages but for different frameworks. Why not join forces and create great tools together, for everyone?

Puli, a new toolkit built on top of Composer, is a step to make this possible. With Puli, you can create packages that can be enabled in any project (Plug 'n Play) simply by running "composer install" - independent of your framework. Are you ready for the future of PHP?

15:45 - 16:30
Building a Content & eCommerce Monster with eZ and Sylius for the Future

Tech
Building a Content & eCommerce Monster with eZ and Sylius for the Future

Content marketing and content monetization are still difficult to achieve, which makes a deeper integration between CMSs and eCommerce an imperative. Because eZ Platform is based on Symfony, we looked for a Symfony-based eCommerce solution, and Sylius was the clear winner. Though a young product, Sylius is already proving itself a valid solution, especially when flexibility and customization power are needed.

Along with discussing how we combined these two systems into one Symfony solution, this session will explore what is possible now that the eZ community can participate in this open-sourced merged solution.

16:30 - 17:15
eZ integration on complex eco-systems: Whirlpool EMEA Case Study
Gabriele Perego
Jacques Leroy
Business
eZ integration on complex eco-systems: Whirlpool EMEA Case Study

In 2012 Whirlpool EMEA was looking for a business and technical solution able to add set of capabilities to complex online eco-system. Cost-efficiency and time-to-market were the 2 main motivations leading to a change in technology and organization.

Moreover, Whirlpool was looking for a flexible and scalable platform that could manage and merge different business assets through a holistic approach. In this talk we will dive into the project where eZ currently manages more than 30 non-transactional websites, 10 transactional websites and 6 mobile applications.

15:30 - 16:15
Site Re-imagined: How We Used Data Visualization to Transform a Brand
Jeff Herron
Business
Site Re-imagined: How We Used Data Visualization to Transform a Brand

Data visualization can entirely transform a brand. Glasspockets.org, a website promoting charitable transparency, was a gold mine of information. The problem though was that no one could acknowledge just how valuable the information was because no one could find. The site was likened to a Manhattan closet prior to the redesign: “dark, cluttered, and hard to find anything.” Glasspockets knew that they to present their important message and data-rich content in a fashion that was visually informative, engaging, and easy to navigate.

This talk delves into the transformative process of this award-winning redesign from user experience through foundational building, with a focus on how data visualization brought it to life.

16:00 - 16:40
To Symfony3 and Beyond!
Ryan Weaver
Tech
To Symfony3 and Beyond!

Symfony3 will be released near the end of 2015. That's soon! But what does the release of Symfony3 mean? What's the upgrade path? And what's beyond? In this talk, I'll take you through the process that's being used to break backwards compatibility without making upgrading a nightmare. We'll also discuss the future: how might the PSR-7 interface affect Symfony? What about Symfony4?

17:30 - 18:30
(Keynote) The Future of User Experience Lies in Your Hands
Paul Boag
Business
(Keynote) The Future of User Experience Lies in Your Hands

When you hear the words user experience most people mentally add the word designer on the end. But user experience is not just a design issue. Many people shape the users experience. People from across the organization. That means we need to start breaking down business silos and embrace more collaborative ways of working.

In his talk User Experience Consultant Paul Boag will place the future of user experience design in your hands. He will show how improving the user experience means companies must embrace digital transformation.

Among other things you will learn:

  •  How digital has changed customer behavior.
  •  How organizations need to adapt their working practices if they are going to meet the needs of users.
  • Ways you can start working more collaboratively to bring about change.

But most of all, you will go away enthused about the potential of your work to change lives.

Day 3
09:00 - 10:00
Content at the Edges
Deane Barker Headshot
Tech
Content at the Edges

It is often assumed that a CMS acts as a restraint on content. Even though the call to break those bounds is persistent in the community, many companies still face serious challenges in distributing content through other channels.

This talk will investigate what it means for a company to succeed at harnessing content beyond their CMS. It will also give an overview of how our the editorial process can point companies in the right direction.

10:00 - 10:45
Tech Speaker TBA
Tech
Tech Speaker TBA

More information coming soon!

10:00 - 10:45
Cross Roads of Content and Commerce
Subrata Mukherjee
Business
Cross Roads of Content and Commerce

For publishing companies content and commerce are both important and are key to its survival in the long run. In this discussion, we will discuss how these two areas are colliding more often and media companies need to have a consolidated strategy to move the needle of both these things together, rather than in silos. We will look at trends in the market and how data is playing a key role in connecting the dots to make a deeper connection with the audience. Lastly we will briefly look at some of the things we are working on at The Economist and how eZ Publish Platform is part of that coordinated journey.

10:45 - 11:30
Virtual Barnraising: How Open Source Makes People Better
Janne Kalliola
Business
Virtual Barnraising: How Open Source Makes People Better

A good open source project is analogous to barnraising. People strive to accomplish a goal working side by side for the common good. This creates a strong feeling of belonging to something bigger than themselves alone: a local community. Belonging and meaningfulness are extremely strong motivators in our very fragmented era - and they can be harnessed for the good of the open source project, community, and participating companies.

This session explores the open source projects and communities from the inside, asking why people want to contribute and explaining how this makes life better for the individual and the world. Individuals and companies will learn what stands to be gained by participating in an open source project, why it is so deeply motivating and empowering, and how to harness this energy to help you move forward faster than people and companies.

10:45 - 11:30
How to Integrate FOS User Bundle with eZ Platform to Externalize the Users in MongoDB
Sebastien Morel
Tech
How to Integrate FOS User Bundle with eZ Platform to Externalize the Users in MongoDB

As you all know Symfony2 is a core part of eZ Platform and in this short walkthrough we will demonstrate that with eZ Platform you can easily integrate a famous bundle: FOSUserBundle into a core feature of your eZ application, the User System. This integration will allow you to separate the User Repository in MongoDB letting eZ managing the views and the contents as usual.

12:00 - 12:45
Web Performances & Response Time: Is It not the right time to (re)consider CMS?
Gilles Guirand
Business
Web Performances & Response Time: Is It not the right time to (re)consider CMS?

During the last 5 years, many popular media players moved from CMS to low-level FrameWorks such as Symfony, Zend, Laravel. Some of them even dropped PHP in favor of new languages like Node or Python. They all had the same motivation : “web performances”, understanding response time, scalability and stability.But is that the best solution?

In this talk, Gilles Guirand explains exactly why now is the time to reconsider PHP CMS, from the devOps culture to the metrics-centric approach, from the authenticated cache to CDN, from back-end to front-end optimization.

12:00 - 12:45
PHP Core Development
Tech
PHP Core Development

Description Coming Soon!

12:45 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 15:00
Adaptive Content, Context, and Controversy
Karen McGrane
Business
Adaptive Content, Context, and Controversy

In 2015, "adaptive content" has become a buzzword. To some, it’s a complex, long-term initiative to structure content for flexible reuse and dynamic targeting. To others, it’s a way to ensure that everyone, everywhere, sees exactly what they want—like magic! In this talk, Karen shares her perspective (and reservations) on how adaptive content is being used today.

She’ll discuss how adaptive content supports targeting content to device type—and why that’s rarely necessary. She’ll also describe ways that adaptive content can support tailoring content according to context—and ways that can go wrong. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of when adaptive content is necessary and how to get the most value from it.

15:00 - 15:45
Tech Session TBA
Tech
Tech Session TBA

More information coming soon!

15:00 - 15:45
Building complex eCommerce sites with eZ platform and silver.e-shop
Ania Hentz
Frank Dege
Business
Building complex eCommerce sites with eZ platform and silver.e-shop

Why does it make sense to use eZ as a base for a complex e-commerce project? Why not use a dedicated shop software?

Burkert Fluid Control Systems, one of the world's leading manufacturers of measuring, control and regulating systems for liquids and gases, decided to go for eZ and silver.e-shop.

The aim was to create a comprehensive B2B shop with a number of additional functions and connection to SAP and to a PIM and MAM system. In addition Burkert wanted an international website for 29 countries in 16 language versions.

What you can expect:

  • Content and Commerce: added value of eZ Publish features
  • silver.e-shop – an enterprise shop fully integrated into eZ Publish
  • Integration into third party software: ERP (SAP), PIM/MAM, CRM, LDAP, Single sign on server with OpenID
  • Enterprise search: 300.000 products, more than 20.000 images, 31 languages, complex filters, personalized search
  • Challenges of building a large project with eZ 5 Symfony stack
15:45 - 16:30
Tech Session TBA
Tech
Tech Session TBA

More information coming soon.

15:45 - 16:30
Building a Self-Serve Content Management System
Denis Antipov
Business
Building a Self-Serve Content Management System

Most Content Management Systems provide a set of tools and mechanisms to enable teams of content editors to create and publish new content onto the website. However, even the smallest marketing operations have custom needs and the basic templated content-creation approach has significant limits on creativity and quality of conversion-focused content.

At Hootsuite we’ve taken on implementing a content creation strategy that allows editors to configure and use reusable page components more flexibly and create brand new marketing campaigns without the help of developers. In this process a library of reusable responsive page blocks based on a web style guide has emerged that serves to be the cornerstone of the self-serve CMS. This talk will share some of the experiences of the process we went through.

16:30 - 17:15
Lightning Talks
Tech
Lightning Talks

Short 10 to 15 minute speaker sessions. 

16:30 - 17:15
Lightning Talks
Business
Lightning Talks

Short 10 to 15 minute speaker sessions. 

17:30 - 18:00
Closing Keynote from eZ Systems
18:00 - 20:30
Dinner Break
20:30 - 22:00
eZ Award Ceremony & Cocktails

The eZ Conference will host eZ Publish Platform partners, developers and users from around the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to get your company or business noticed. For sponsorship opportunities fill out the form below or send us an email.