Considering a Sitecore 8.2 Upgrade?

Author: Anurag Agarwal | Categories: Sitecore CMS, CMS

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Why should you upgrade? What are the risks and how can you plan for them? What is the easiest and best way to do this?

Sitecore launched Sitecore 8.0 in early 2015. Updating to the new version brings A-list marketing capabilities such as the Sitecore Federated Experience Manager, Experience Profiles, Path Analyzer, Predictive Analytics by Machine Learning, optimization and launch of multi-channel campaigns, the xDB with big data crunching ability and a sparkling new user interface.

Given the Sitecore 8.2 is a major release with a full suite marketing platform being released, many existing Sitecore customers are and have been considering an upgrade but are still unsure of the best reasons to upgrade, the risks attached and the best approach to do so. 

This guide is meant for marketing technologists and current Sitecore users (content authors and developers) who are looking at a potential upgrade. This guide puts together a composite of best practices and insight into a proven approach for such an upgrade and answers key questions including:

  • Why should you even care about upgrading to Sitecore 8.2?
  • What needs to be done to get your Sitecore version updated?
  • Easiest path to upgrade from Sitecore 7.x to 8.2
  • How to plan a roadmap and reduce risks