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Sitecore Recognizes Exceptional Technical Community Leaders From Around the World

We want to congratulate and thank all Sitecore MVP’s of 2011!

MVPs Recognized for Active Community Involvement in Advancing Web Strategies

San Francisco – April 10, 2012 – Sitecore today announced the 2011 Sitecore Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). The program recognizes exceptional technical community leaders who serve as catalysts for change and innovation.

Sitecore MVPs voluntarily share their passion and commitment to Web technology and encourage the objective exchange of knowledge .The Sitecore MVP Award celebrates the most active Sitecore community members from around the world who provide invaluable contributions by solving problems and discovering new ways to transform technology. The program offers MVPs a number of benefits including access to technical resources such as alpha versions of Sitecore software, first release modules and full access to the Sitecore Developer Network and download section, and invitations to major events.

“MVPs are technology experts who inspire others to learn and grow through active participation in the Sitecore technical community,” said Lars Nielsen, senior vice president, technical marketing, Sitecore.  “MVPs are not just about evangelizing Sitecore. They are passionate about improving technology and driving innovation and sharing their knowledge and real-world experiences at user groups, on blogs and on social channels. This year’s prestigious list represents individuals who share the same passion for technology and a willingness to help others innovate and advance the use of Web technology. It’s my pleasure to recognize their demonstrated commitment to the technology community worldwide.”

For 2011, fifty-two outstanding individuals were selected to be members of the program and honored with a Sitecore Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award and are as follows:                                                                  

  • Adam Najmanowicz                           Cognifide
  • Alan Gallauresi                                   NavigationArts
  • Alexander Pfandt                               Digitaria, a JWT Company
  • Alistair Deneys                                   Next Digital
  • Amanda Shiga                                    Non-linear creations
  • Anders Dryer                                      Created
  • Andrew King                                      WEtap Media
  • Andy Uzick                                        FMC Technologies
  • Aren Cambre                                       Southern Methodist University
  • Arend van de Beek                             Suneco
  • Atsuo Aoki                                         Nextscape
  • Barend van der Hout                          eFocus
  • Ben Golden                                         Aware Web Solutions
  • Brent McLean                                     Paragon Consulting
  • Brian Beckham                                   Brainjocks
  • Charlie Turano                                    Hedgehog Development
  • Chris Williams                                     Cyberplex/CX Interactive
  • Colin te Kemple                                  Consultant
  • Daniel DeLay                                      Velir
  • Daniel Tobner                            austria GmbH  
  • Eric Leong                                          Avanade
  • Eric Nordberg                                     Aware Web Solutions
  • Eric Briand                                          Ergonet
  • Gabriel Boys                                       Velir
  • Glen McInnis                                      Non-linear creations
  • Jakob Leander                                     Avanade Denmark
  • Jason Hedlund                                    Aware Web Solutions
  • Jens Mikkelson                                    Inmento Solutions
  • Jeroen Speldekamp                             Suneco
  • Joacim Schiodtz                                  Cabana
  • Karina Apostolides                             Endava
  • Keiichi Hashimoto                              Sigma Consulting
  • Kern Nightingale                                Herskind Limited
  • Klaus Petersen                                    Alpha Solutions
  • Lars Erhardsen                                    CometPeople
  • Mark Ursino                                        Agency Oasis
  • Matt Hovany                                       The Revere Group
  • Max Teo Wee Kwang                         Avanade
  • Mike Edwards                                    Eduserv
  • Nick Hills                                            True Clarity
  • Nick Wesselman                                 Hanson Dodge Creative
  • Paul Caponetti                                    Verndale
  • Peter Iuvara                                         mindSHIFT
  • Remco van Toor                                  iQuality
  • Richard Hauer                                     5 Limes
  • Robert Jongkind                                 eFocus
  • Roger Norrlén                                     Mogul
  • Sean Kearney                                      Hedgehog Development
  • Sebastian Winslow                              Codehouse
  • Thomas Eldblom                                 Pentia
  • Troy Lüchinger                                   Namics
  • Vincent van Middendorp                   Evident

Sitecore MVP nominees undergo an evaluation process based on each nominee’s technical expertise and voluntary community involvement over the past year. All the nominations were reviewed by an independent panel of Sitecore employees from technical, product marketing and executive roles.  The panel considers the quality, quantity, and level of impact of the nominees’ contributions, in the areas of general technical advocacy, input via blogs and forums and content development.

Sitecore has more than 4,500 certified developers, and more than 10,000 active community participants.

About Sitecore

Sitecore redefines how organizations engage with audiences, powering compelling experiences that sense and adapt to visitors both online and in-person.

Sitecore’s leading Content Management System software is the first to cohesively integrate with marketing automation, intranet portal, e-commerce, web optimization, social media and campaign management technologies. This broad choice of capabilities enable marketing professionals, business stakeholders and information technology teams to rapidly implement, measure and manage a successful website and digital  business strategy. Businesses can now easily identify, serve and convert new customers with Sitecore’s Digital Marketing System, part of its encompassing Customer Engagement Platform.

Thousands of public and private organizations have created and now manage more than 32,000 dynamic websites with Sitecore including ATP World Tour, CA Technologies, Comcast, EasyJet, Lloyd’s of London, Heineken, Microsoft, Omni Hotels, Siemens, The Knot, Thomas Cook, Verizon and Visa Europe.

Media Contact:
Kim Pegnato, Sitecore

Sitecore: Creating Fieldtype External link only

During an Sitecore .Net development training I was ask if there is a fieldtype for an external link. The answer (of course) is; “Yes, general link”. With general link you can create a external link and many other types of links.  But what if you want to create a field in which the business users can only add an external link? You can easily create this with Sitecore (without any coding).


Create the External Link only Fieldtype

Fieldtypes are defined in the Core database. Switch to the core database and open the content editor and duplicate the /sitecore/system/Field types/Link Types/General Link item and call the item External Link.

Remove the unused link options

Underneath the newly created External Link item there is a folder called menu. Remove all items in the Menu folder except External Link, Clear and Follow.


Test the External Link Fieldtype

Switch back to the Master database and add a External Link field the to a template. Open an Item based on the template and you will see the newly created External Link field.


That’s it, we have created a new Fieldtype that only accepts External links.

Sitecore Webinar: Using Sitecore Rocks

Last month I gave a (Dutch) webinar about developing for Sitecore with the Visual Studio 2010 plugin Sitecore Rocks. You can watch the webinar on Youtube.


In this webinar I builded a website from scratch in 30 minutes only using Sitecore Rocks

Escape characters / words in a Sitecore query

There are a few characters and words you need to escape while using Sitecore query. You can escape special characters wrapping them in a #. For example a hyphen in a query needs to be escaped.


string query = "/sitecore/content//*[@#site-title#=’Example Value’]";

In the previous example we use the single quote (‘) to wrap the field value. Using a single quote in the field value will break the parser.  At this point you can use an escaped double quote to wrap the field value containing the single quote.


string query = "/sitecore/content//*[@#site-title#=<strong>"</strong>It’s great<strong>"</strong>]";

There is also a list of words that  needs to escaped when used in the path (before //*), there words are :

  • ancestor
  • and
  • child
  • descendant
  • div
  • false
  • following
  • mod
  • or
  • parent
  • preceding
  • self
  • true
  • xor


string query = "/sitecore/content/#this or that#/*[@#site-title#="Example Value"];

More information about the Sitecore Query Syntax on SDN:

Converting .mrt reports from OMS to DMS

In this article I’m going to explain how to convert .mrt reports from the Sitecore Online Marketing Suite (Sitecore 6.4) to the Sitecore Digital Marketing System (Sitecore 6.5).

Report related changes between OMS and DMS

Both the OMS and the DMS use .mrt reports for Analitics reporting. There are two mayor changes between the OMS and DMS reporting; a full redesign of the datamodel and the location of the SQL query for the report data.

Mapping the datamodel of the OMS with the DMS

If you compare the datamodel of the OMS to the DMS datamodel you will see that it’s completely different. But the main concept of both datamodels is almost the same.

OMS table DMS Table Description
GlobalSession Vistors Contains the Visitor information.
Session Visits Contains the information of all the visits. A visits is underneed a Visitors.
Page Pages Contains all pages that are visited and are connected to a Session.

The following drawing will show the relation of Visitor->Sessions->Pages.


In this example we have a Continue reading “Converting .mrt reports from OMS to DMS”