Last week two of our leading Sitecore aficionados stepped into the limelight as the experience platform provider announced their 2017 MVP’s, or Most Valuable Professional Awards. These are highly regarded accolades given to Sitecore experts who actively participate in knowledge sharing communities with other Sitecore partners and customers. In other words, they are recognised for far more than just their technical expertise. To win an MVP, they must go beyond that and demonstrate passion, community building and, above all, a commitment to continuously improving and evolving the platform.
Adam Najmanowicz is a passionate Sitecore advocate and community member who has headed up the .NET Practice at Cognifide for 9 years. He’s been a Sitecore MVP since 2011, an incredible achievement! He is the founder, architect and lead developer for Sitecore PowerShell Extensions, or SPE, an open source Sitecore development accelerator that can dramatically increase productivity and save time when delivering a Sitecore solution. He is co-author of the PSE Gitbook and you can read more about PowerShell Extensions in his words here or follow his PSE crash course on YouTube.
If you were at Sitecore Symposium in New Orleans in September, you may have seen Adam’s PSE workshop, co-presented with our client, Michael West of Concentra. He’s also a regular presenter at Polish Sitecore User Groups and was seen at SUGCON in Copenhagen last year discussing accelerated development with PowerShell Extensions.
However, this isn’t Adam’s only claim to fame. He’s also the tech lead and architect of the game changing Sitecore Experience Accelerator launched with Sitecore 8.2 at Symposium in September. The SXA allows enterprises to completely redesign the publishing process. By engaging content creators in publishing, it removes technical bottlenecks and transforms the traditional linear publishing process. Normally execution depends on the design of a user experience, which is then handed over to the visual design, then backend and frontend development. Using SXA, each of these stages can be run independently, meaning they can be done in parallel.
And by transforming the author experience, the SXA provides the catalyst for a genuine transformation in the entire digital marketing process. Brand owners can become genuinely agile and are free to continually rethink, refine and improve their digital experiences. The build is no longer the endgame - it’s the beginning of the story.
Our 2nd MVP, Alan Płócieniak, also knows a thing or two about the SXA. In fact, he has 3 years of SXA experience, having worked with Adam to shape the product pre-launch. He’s an open source enthusiast who loves to write, code and share his knowledge and experience with the community. You’ll find him blogging here, sharing code on Github and answering questions on Sitecore Stack Exchange, where he’ll be sharing his extensive knowledge of SXA and Sitecore PowerShell.
Both Adam and Alan have worked on successful projects recently for US based national health care company, Concentra and for the Copenhagen based world leader in bioinnovation, Novozymes. In both cases, new Sitecore platforms have given client teams a new found agility and put content creators in the driving seat, whilst reducing time to market and production costs.
Keep up the good work, Adam and Alan and huge congratulations from all your Cognifide colleagues!