EPiServer Ascend is Almost Here!

October 29, 2015

EPiServer's annual U.S. customer and partner conference, EPiServer Ascend, has relocated from the usual location of Chicago to Las Vegas. This year the event will take place November 8-11 at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.


Almost a year ago, EPiServer and Ektron were both acquired by Accel-KKR who combined the two companies to put the best of each system and team under the EPiServer name. U.S. headquarters were set up in the previous Ektron headquarters in Nashua, NH.


EPiServer Ascend will address both systems, but a larger focus will be on EPiServer, which is the core product moving forward. In less than a year the companies have merged, the development, sales and marketing teams have combined and there have been large strides to merge the two systems. They are about to roll out a new version that combines the best features of the two systems. That is quite an accomplishment.

The Event


GPI_EPiServer_Ascend_homeThe conference will have labs ongoing throughout each day.

The keynotes are sure to be the highlight of each day:

  • Disrupting Digital Business. R "Ray" Wang is the Principal Analyst, Founder, and Chairman of Silicon Valley based Constellation Research and author of the popular business strategy and technology blog "A Software Insider's Point of View".
  • Unthink: Rediscover your Creative Genius, Erik Wahl. Erik will not only wake everyone up for the day two keynote, he will inspire everyone to think in a fresher manner and for many, reopen creative ability.

Day 1 Sessions of Interest:

Product Roadmap. Given how much they were able to accomplish in 2015 while managing the merger, I am interested to hear what the roadmap is for the next 12-18 months now that much of the distractions of a merger are out of the way.


Customer Success Mud Pie - Delight Customers and Guide Path to Purchase with Personalization, Andrea Ouargli, Mud Pie. Personalization is the key almost every marketer is trying to provide today. It will be great to hear how it is being done by Mud Pie.

Day 2 Sessions of interest:

Introducing Digital Experience Cloud Fall Release for Marketers. This session will introduce the features marketers will want to know about the latest release and the digital marketing tools they will be able to use for 2016.


Practical Advice on Digital Experience Design - Customer Practitioners' Panel. Always great to hear directly from the marketers that are using the WCMS and what has worked best for them. A panel will bring multiple perspectives to similar issues.

Day 3 Sessions of interest (Note: day 3 is a half day)

Planning for the Future: Business Considerations of Moving to the Digital Experience Cloud. As the conference comes to a close it will be interesting to hear what is in store for the future to excite everyone as we leave the event.


GPI is proud to be a sponsor for the EPiServer Ascend conference in Las Vegas and in the United Kingdom. You will be able to also see us attending the one day Ascend event in Sweden. If you would like to meet while at the Las Vegas Ascend please stop by our booth (#18). I would be happy to show you how our EPiServer Translation Services Connector works.

GPI EPiServer Translation Services Connector for Website Translation


The GPI EPiServer Translation Connector is a plugin which is installed on the client-side server. With a few clicks, content can be easily exported from the CMS, translated and then easily imported back into the CMS for publishing.


Connector Benefits:

  • Easy integration with EPiServer
  • Simple content import/export process for translation workflows
  • 24/7 secure access for your global teams to collaborate and track translation projects
  • Dashboard to view schedules, project task lists and status reports

Further GPI Resources on EPiServer Website Translation and Development

You may find the following references about website localization, globalization, development and EPiServer Localization useful:


Further Information on Localization Resources

Globalization Partners International (GPI) frequently assists customers with multilingual website design, development and deployment. GPI's suite of globalization tools can empower global companies to achieve their multilingual project goals. To learn more, please visit  Translation Tools. GPI also offers a range of Translation services so consider partnering with GPI prior to localizing or translating your websites, documents or applications.


Contact GPI for more information via e-mail at info@globalizationpartners.com, by phone at (866) 272-5874, or by requesting a free web translation quote for your project.

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Peter has over 20 years’ experience in business development within the localization industry supporting clients for documentation, software and website globalization services. He started his career in the translation industry in 1995 and over the years has worked for several leading localization service providers including LMI, Berlitz, Welocalize, GPI and Beyondsoft. Throughout his career Peter has led by example and always put his clients’ needs first to ensure client expectations are understood and successfully met. Over the years Peter has trained extensively in Solution Selling, Action Selling and Localization Sales, Testing and Project Management. Peter handles many of GPI’s global accounts helping educate clients on GPI’s comprehensive suite of globalization services and industry best practices.