AEM Operations & Maintenance Best Practices Panel Discussion


Online Event

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JULY 2020


8:00AM – 9:00AM


AEM Operations & Maintenance Best Practices in Global Enterprises – A Panel Discussion between AWS, ICF Next, Rackspace & Hoodoo Digital


Anuj Ratra is a Global Tech Lead for Amazon Web Services (AWS) focusing on Adobe Applications. Anuj has spent his career learning digital transformation technologies and helping customers architect enterprise scale systems. He specializes in delivering cloud compute solutions using Adobe and AWS technologies. Prior to joining AWS, Anuj pioneered innovative digital and e-commerce/omni-channel solutions for enterprise-wide digital transformations.

Anuj Ratra

Global Tech Lead for AWS


Brad Coleman is an AEM Architect at Rackspace Technology. He has been working in the DevOps arena of Adobe Experience Manager for 7 years, with over 20 years of experience on Java-based web applications. He leads the Rackspace Application Services AEM team, which is a managed service provider for companies running AEM.

Brad Coleman

AEM Architect at Rackspace


Joey Smith, Director of Client Enablement and DevOps Engineering for Hoodoo Digital, joined the AEM community in 2013 after 15 years as a software engineer and systems administrator across various other platforms. A founder of and, he has a passion for getting developers to take a more active role in the long-term maintenance of the AEM platform. With experience both as an AEM partner and an AEM customer, he’s become intimately familiar with many of AEM’s more unique operational demands, which is what convinced him to come back to the agency side to help drive deeper and lasting change in the AEM community.


Joey Smith

Director, Client Enablement and DevOps Engineering for Hoodoo Digital


Tad Reeves, AEM Architect at ICF Next has worked with the AEM / CQ platform for the last 10 years, and has been involved in enterprise operations for over 20 years. As a devops engineer and architect, he’s had his hands on AEM/CQ implementations from over 40 different companies on virtually every hosting platform.

Tad Reeves

AEM Architect at ICF Next

Apache Sling Repository Initialization


Online Event

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JULY 2020


6:00PM – 7:00PM


Apache Sling Repository Initialization

DESCRIPTION: Apache Sling RepoInit has been a feature of AEM / Apache Sling for several years, but recent improvements to the language and new features in the OSGi configuration allow application developers to use Apache Sling RepoInit to configure the initial repository state.

This talk will:
-Introduce the benefits Sling Repository Initialization as a provisioning method
-Compare Sling Repository Initialization to other methods of initializing a repository
-Show how to manage permissions, configurations, and initial content using RepoInit
-Demonstrate using Sling Repository Initialization for both AEM as a Cloud Service and AEM 6
-Discuss a method for making it easier to manage Sling Repository Initialization configurations and future options

More info about Repository Initialization:

This talk will be useful for AEM Technical Experts, Architects, and Developers, especially those interested in AEM as a Cloud Service.

Event Schedule


6:00 – 6:05 PM




6:05 – 6:50 PM

Daniel Klco

Repository Initialization presentation


6:50 – 7:00 PM

Q & A


Daniel Klco, Adobe Digital Marketing Technical Director at Perficient. Dan is an experienced Adobe Experience Cloud Technical Lead, Solution Architect, Consultant, and Advisor. As a PMC Member of the Apache Sling and contributor to the ACS AEM Commons projects Dan enjoys contributing to improving the AEM and Sling ecosystem. Recently, Dan has focused on the new Adobe Cloud solutions including participating in betas for Project Jaeger / Firefly, Project Skyline / AEM as a Cloud Service, and Adobe Experience Platform.

More info about Dan:

Dam Klco

Daniel Klco

Adobe Digital Marketing Technical Director