Basics of Sitecore MVP Award
I’m sure you will be very pleased to know that, your very own SitecoreBasics blog author has been announced as Sitecore MVP for 2013. Cordially thanks to you! (Yes, you!) for inspiring me by your comments, visits, and reads on SitecoreBasics blog! Also, thanks to Sitecore development team who developed such a nice environment to work on, Sitecore support team members who are always there to answer our questions in tough time and sharing their technical expertise with us! Thank you Sitecore!
It was my dream (really!) to be a Sitecore MVP, and today it really feels special when got awarded as Sitecore MVP! (Just a note : Chase your dreams, dreams do come true! – Sachin Tendulkar. And trust me it does! So, ask yourself now what’s your dream? If you have a dream, wake-up and start doing actions and keep refreshing your dream in your mind. Which will keep you awake! and I guarantee that one day it will be true! If you don’t have any dream, then do dream it! Because it’s better late than never!)
During this time so many people asked me:
- What’s the Sitecore MVP award all about?
- What’s the process?
- How to get nominated?
- What’s the selection process?
- What are the benefits?
You also have the same set of questions? (Honestly, I also had before!) So, this questions inspired me to write this post. In this post will cover following things:
Just a note : I follow one formula to understand anything from basics and that formula is “W-W-H” it stands for What-Why-How. You take anything in life and apply this formula, it will work! (It works at-least for me! I hope it will work for you as well!)
In this section we will cover What is Sitecore MVP?
The Sitecore MVP Award is given to exceptional community leaders who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing their real-world expertise with technology users.
The Sitecore MVP Award celebrates the most active Sitecore community members from around the world who provide invaluable online and offline expertise that enriches the community experience and makes a difference.
Worldwide, Sitecore counts more than 5000 certified developers, and more than 15,000 active community participants. Of these participants, there are fewer than 100 active Sitecore MVP’s.
The Sitecore MVP Award is awarded for the period of one year. The period can be extended by re-nomination.
Source — Sitecore MVP official document
The Sitecore MVP program recognizes the top technical community leaders of Web Content Management Systems. The Sitecore MVP award honors the most active Sitecore members around the world who share their knowledge through their invaluable involvement within the Sitecore community. Lars Fløe Nielsen, Senior VP of Technical Marketing, states that, “Sitecore MVPs are technology experts who inspire others to learn and grow through active participation in the Sitecore technical community. The MVPs share the same passion for technology and a demonstrated willingness to help others innovate and advance the use of Web strategies.”
So, basically, to get awarded as Sitecore MVP you need following qualities (You already have?!):
- Passionate about Sitecore
- Ready to share knowledge
- Ready to help others
- Ready to contribute to the community
- Inspire others to learn and grow through active participation in the Sitecore technical community (Lead by example!)
Why someone would like to be Sitecore MVP?
- Sitecore MVP Lead – All Sitecore MVPs have a Sitecore MVP Lead, a Sitecore employee who is the MVPs’ dedicated point of contact with the Sitecore MVP Award Program. The Sitecore MVP Lead is the MVPs’ advocate, keeping them informed of news, events, and opportunities within the MVP Award Program and in Sitecore, both locally and around the world.
- Sitecore MVP logo – The Sitecore MVP may use the logo on their business cards, email signatures, on their company’s web site, on their personal blog and on social network web sites. Also, Sitecore MVP’s may use the logo on speaker listings.
- Sitecore Developer Network – The Sitecore MVP may be promoted on the Sitecore developer network, with their area of expertise, their sponsor’s reason, image and a description of who they are and what they do.
- Access to technical resources (requires NDA) – Sitecore MVPs get privileged access to a number of technical resources such as:
- Technical previews of Sitecore software as well as first releases of modules. Pre-release.
- Full access to the Sitecore developer network and download section.
- Sitecore MVP Product Feedback closed circuit community forum allows Sitecore MVPs a direct channel to submit comments,suggestions related to Sitecore technologies.
- Sitecore MVP Private Newsgroups provide forums for Sitecore MVPs from around the world to share ideas on Sitecore with Sitecore employees.
- Other privileged resources.
- Events – The Sitecore MVP will receive invitations to significant events in their region.
If someone has decided to be a Sitecore MVP? Then how one can achieve it?
In order to receive the Award, Sitecore MVP nominees undergo an evaluation process. A panel that includes Sitecore technical marketing and sales, the Sitecore product group teams and Sitecore marketers evaluate each nominee’s technical expertise and voluntary community contributions for the past year. The panel considers the quality, quantity, and level of impact of the Sitecore MVP nominee’s contributions, including:
- General (technical) advocacy
- Contributing to the Sitecore community via blogs
- Contributing to Sitecore Developer Network forums
- Helping others on online communities like Stackoverflow
- Visiting and/or Contributing to the Sitecore User Groups
- Writing and/or publishing content such as white papers and articles
The Sitecore MVP is internally awarded in January, and the award list will be published on the Sitecore developer web site with a description of the individual and with a list of achievements.
Source — Sitecore MVP official document
Apart from above list, I think your following contribution will also help community and will be getting considered:
- Sitecore Marketplace (Formerly known as “Sitecore Shared Source” module)
- Your Sitecore support tickets
So, a question might come to your mind. What all you’ve contributed. And it is really a good question. Here it is:
- Blog: Writing regular posts on my Sitecore blog at : https://sitecorebasics.wordpress.com/ [92 posts, 183 comments, 51,933 hits, and lot of blogs and forums referring to this blog].
- Forums: Active at SDN forums: http://sdn.sitecore.net/forum//user/Profile.aspx?UserID=6906 [374 Posts, 2nd Post Rank, and in Top 25 Posts]
- Shared source modules/Sitecore Marketplace: Contributed three modules:
- SC Log Explorer – http://marketplace.sitecore.net/en/Modules/SC_Log_Explorer.aspx
- Quick Item Search — http://marketplace.sitecore.net/en/Modules/Quick_Item_Search.aspx
- Cache Tuner — http://marketplace.sitecore.net/en/Modules/Cache_Tuner.aspx
- Whitepaper: Developing and deploying with Sitecore in four levels – Sitecore Development to Deployment Guide – https://sitecorebasics.wordpress.com/whitepapers/
Let’s see the flow diagram of becoming Sitecore MVP process:
As shown in above diagram, there are mainly three main entities involved in this process, you, your knowledge and Sitecore! Let’s understand it step by step!
- Step 1 : The first and most important step is you need to decide that you would like to be Sitecore MVP! If you’ve done that trust me, rest of the steps will automatically follow!
- Step 2 : Second step is learning Sitecore (Follow Sitecore blogs, Subscribe to RSS feed, follow Sitecore champs on twitter, be active on SDN forums etc.) and sharing what you learned! (Blog, forum, module etc.) Whatever it is big or small! Advance or Basic! Just share it! [Because Knowledge shared is knowledge gained!]
- Step 3 : Once you’ve started contributing then it’s time to nominate yourself. You can’t directly nominate yourself. It should be done via your company if it is Sitecore certified partner (Thank you Investis for recommending me!) OR Sitecore Employee(Thank you Kimberly McCabe for recommending me!). Sitecore starts accepting Nominations in November.
- Step 4 : Once you’ve been nominated then Sitecore Panel will evaluate your last year’s contribution. If you got selected then you will get an e-mail in January.
- Step 5 : Receive your Sitecore MVP award — Well done! Time to celebrate and time to start working again from step 2 because this award’s validity is only for this year. You’ve to re-nominate yourself for next year!
So, basically you need to start sharing your knowledge as much as possible then in November, when nominations gets opened. Nominate yourself. And cross your fingers [But please don’t forget to learn and share during this time as well!] still the result gets announced! Wish you luck! (I’m sure, you will do it!)
As we all know, nothing big can be achieved by a single person. There are a lot of others involved to make things happen. And same holds true in my case as well. This award would have been impossible without lot of people’s support! Would like to cordially thanks to each one of them!
Hope to see you in next year’s Sitecore MVP list! Wish you luck! Still then Keep reading, Keep learning, Keep sharing!
Happy Coding! 🙂