The wait is over—the 2017 Sitecore MVP award winners have been announced. The MVP award is an individual award that celebrates and recognizes the Sitecore community and thought leaders. Congratulations to all of the 282 MVPs of 2017! View the entire list of the 2017 MVPs on the MVP website.
The MVP program, now in its eleventh year, has seen tremendous growth around nominations and MVPs in the past few years. This year, we received more than 1,800 recommendations. If you have not seen it already, have a look the infographics about the Sitecore MVP nomination process.
Our 2017 MVP winners come from 29 countries worldwide: 43% from the Americas, 28% from Europe, 22% from the Asia Pacific region, and 8% from Emerging Markets. New countries represented include Ecuador, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates.
The number of Technologist MVPs increased to 215, the Commerce category doubled its members, the number of Digital Strategists MVPs grew too, and the new Cloud category is also popular. This year, we have over 100 new MVPs—over one-third of the total group—which meant we also had to unfortunately say goodbye to some MVPs.
One of the keys to the company's continued growth—the partnership with Microsoft on Azure—was an expansion of Sitecore’s work in cloud, which welcomes technical and non-technical nominations with experience in cloud solutions. Even though the Azure Web Apps compatible version of Sitecore was just released in November, the community jumped on it and provided large numbers of blog posts, videos, and many discussions at User Groups and on the Slack #azure channel. This year we’re excited to recognize the first ten Sitecore Cloud MVPs.
Every category of MVPs offers a unique opportunity to tap these experts across all of their different skill sets. All MVPs will be invited to every activity, e.g., a Cloud MVP could join a technical architecture webinar about the latest upcoming Sitecore version, or a Technology MVP could join presentations and discussions about the use of Marketing Analytics. Each MVP category partners with an expert at Sitecore who will host sessions and activities with tailored content.
Additionally, MVPs are now part of the Sitecore product release schedule and get early access to each new release of Sitecore. MVPs also are able to contribute to the product roadmap through UserVoice and can get insights and influence the product development at the regular calls with the Product teams. The infographic below shows how MVPs can contribute to the roadmap.
Take a look at MVPs broken down by regions, categories, countries, and more in the complete infographic below.
You will see some changes with the MVP Program this year that promise to help you get the most out of it. If you’re not in the program yet, our 2017 changes will help you get closer to Sitecore MVP status.
Once again, a big thanks to our wonderful community members and congratulations to our MVPs of 2017.
Have a question about the MVP Program? Let us know at community.sitecore.net and join the community fun. For the latest updates, follow @SitecoreMVP on Twitter. More information can be found on the Sitecore MVP site.
Tamas Varga is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Sitecore. Follow him on Twitter @vargat.