I have been playing with computers since I gained access to a Commodore VIC-20 in the mid-1980s. In the late 1990s, using mainly Solaris, Oracle, and C++, I implemented systems that automated diverse business processes responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions annually. In 2000 I started consulting with the (now defunct) Interwoven product line including its TeamSite Content Management System (CMS). In 2002 I began using C# and .NET with TeamSite before joining Sitecore in 2004. As Sitecore expanded from an ASP.NET web content management system into omnichannel content delivery, experience management (analytics, segmentation/personalization/individualization, email campaign management, marketing/engagement automation, testing/optimization, and so forth), commerce, and other categories, I assisted with sales, provided technical support, wrote documentation, taught training, and eventually wrote over 500 blog posts (https://community.sitecore.net/technical_blogs/b/sitecorejohn_blog) and a book about Sitecore (https://p2p.wrox.com/book-professional-sitecore-development-687/). The book was admittedly never much good. Both time and multiple blogging platform migrations have destroyed the blog (remember when everything was HTTP instead of HTTPS?). Maybe this is fitting because much of the content is obsolete or lacks sufficient context for use today.
After Sitecore, I spent some time as a digital experience management technical lead for an agency. In addition to multiple roles with CMS vendors, I have worked for a digital advertising firm, with several system integrators, and directly for multiple customers, all implementing complex solutions, generally with a Content Management System as a sort of hub or at least a critical component. My experience integrating countless upstream and downstream systems across all verticals have given me a broad understanding of customer requirements and application architectures.
I will try to answer any questions that appear in comments on this blog. I will likely redirect some questions to https://stackoverflow.com/ or elsewhere. You can also connect with me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnwest3/.
P.S. I have not taken the time to configure navigation in WordPress; I’m just dumping content here. I recommend that you start from the first/front/home page at https://deliverystack.net and use the links in the footer to navigate forwards through the posts.
Here are three of my other tech blogs, though I generally do not maintain the posts about Sitecore anymore.
P.P.S. I make a lot of mistakes and do not believe in final drafts, so anything on this blog could change at any time.