Elasticsearch implementation: Brute force ‘stemming’

During my last project I was responsible, as a project manager, for implementing the open source search engine Elasticsearch and the crawler Nutch. It proved to be everything they promised and then some. To get the stemming of the Dutch content right we used a Brute force approach by using  a synonym file for all… Read More »

My future career development

How do I see my career developing and how will an MBA @RSM help me achieve my goals? I want to become one of the best conductor of customer journeys. Removing the  hurdles customers are experiencing when interacting with the same company through different channels and touch-points. Optimizing the outcome of the interaction between organizations… Read More »

MBA sponsorship approved

My business case for the Executive MBA at the Rotterdam School of Management has been approved. Somehow together we (thanks to all who helped) succeeded in convincing: My wife My counselor 2x Service line leader Service area leder Consulting leader, talent partner of consulting and the learning manager. Thank you for the faith you have placed in me by… Read More »

Seven Years in Deloitte Consulting

After Seven years in Deloitte Consulting I finally made it and landed on the beach (at least partially). Which of course gives me the time to do all sorts of activities: Work on my career plan (and remind my protégés to do the same) Update Curriculum Vitae ( in 2 languages and 2 formats) Find a new project… Read More »

SDL Tridion SEO: Managing inbound links

404 pages are the best way to lower search engine rankings and scare  visitors away from your site. In many cases the content is still available on the site only the location changed. Tridion eliminates the number of broken links within your website if your content editors  make correct use of component linking. Component linking makes it… Read More »

My promotion to: Father

Sorry, I was forced to post the above picture by Alvin. He wondered why I stopped posting and I think it is  only fair to share with you my reason for my absence. Alvin suggested that I stopped posting because of a promotion and I have to admit: It sure feels like a promotion. I… Read More »

SDL Tridion Troubles

This post is a Response to “Rants on Tridion Implementations” which I ran into on my Sunday evening round of blog reading. In this post Nuno L rants about the burden of fixing broken Tridion implementations. We seem to be in the same business and I would like to share my perspective on this subject. I strongly… Read More »

SDL Tridion (5.3) deleting large publications

Recently I had the possibility of fixing one of my customers blueprinting structures which was of questionable quality. The change involved phasing out twelve large publications filled with all types of content imaginable. Of course I used the tips&tricks from a previous post on this topic which handled the ‘unpublishing‘ of content. However I quickly… Read More »

XSLT templating Tcm Script Assistant

I have to admit I am an XSLT junky. It seems to be useful for almost anything. From transforming Enterprise Architect models to full blown reports or simply adding sequential numbering to data dictionaries. My XSLT skills have proven to be a huge time saver on many occasions. The only flaw in XSLT is its… Read More »

SDL Tridion dynamic website performance

During one of my recent Tridion consulting assignments the client asked me about the performance difference between a website using a dynamic publishing approach vs a static approach. For he had concerns about the performance of dynamic websites. In the graph below you can see the difference the Google crawler noticed after a website, which consists… Read More »