Upgrades, updates, and staying current on Sitecore

Keep your platform up to date to ensure access to new features and fixes.

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We released Sitecore 6.0 in 2008, and every release since then has built on our core strength in web content management to offer a platform that lets you manage the entire customer experience in an omnichannel, personalized manner. But for marketers who want to take advantage of the functionality and clean design that enables context marketing and omnichannel digital experiences, an upgrade to Sitecore® Experience Platform™ (XP) 8.1 is required. Beyond getting access to new features and ensuring that your mainstream support is still active, upgrading is a great opportunity to rethink content and personalization strategies.

From Sitecore 6.x

If you’re still on Sitecore 6.x, your mainstream support has expired (as of December 2015). The best way to get to the current Sitecore XP release is to start with a clean install and migrate your content. What you’ll gain from upgrading:
  • Renewed support
  • Ease of use for content marketers
  • Experience management rather than just content management
  • 360-degree view of your customers, with Sitecore® Experience Database
  • Multichannel marketing apps
  • Greater visitor data accuracy

From Sitecore 7 to 7.5

If you’re moving from a lower version of Sitecore 7.x, you can either upgrade to Sitecore XP 7.1, then 7.2, then 7.5, and finally from 7.5 to 8.0. We recommend starting with a clean install and migrating your content. If you’re on Sitecore® Web Experience Manager (WXM) 7.2, you can benefit from the Express Migrations tool in Sitecore XP 8.2. What you’ll gain from moving to XP 8.2:
  • Consistent user interface across the entire platform
  • New automated testing and optimization capabilities for business users, along with engagement value analysis, without IT intervention
  • Contextual intelligence on every customer
  • Omnichannel automation
  • Embedded device detection
  • Improved email and dispatch performance and user experience

From Sitecore 7.5 and up

If you’re moving from Sitecore XP 7.5 or higher, the upgrade to Sitecore XP 8.1 or 8.2 is a relatively simple upgrade. You gain:
  • Complete experience management capabilities that empower you to market in context of current and past customer interactions, in real time, across all channels.
  • Lower cost of ownership
  • Opportunity to market to customers pre-purchase, during purchase, and post-purchase by integrating web content with commerce and product cataloging functionality (requires use of one of our commerce options)

Why upgrade to Sitecore® XP 8.2?

This white paper makes the case for moving from Sitecore 6.x and 7.x, with clear outlines of each version’s strengths, upgrade paths, a “Sitecore through the years” timeline, and packaging and deployment options.

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