Verndale’s Sean Connell Honored with 2010 Sitecore Most Valuable Professional Award

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Award places Verndale’s Engineering Manager in elite company of Sitecore CMS technical experts.

“The Sitecore MVP program recognizes those exceptional technology community leaders who actively evangelize and share their CMS knowledge with the Sitecore community,” said Lars Fløe Nielsen, VP, Technical Marketing, Sitecore.

Sitecore, the leading provider of .NET Web Content Management System (CMS) software, announced the list of 2010 Sitecore Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), which included Sean Connell – Verndale’s Engineering Manager. The program recognizes exceptional technical community leaders who encourage free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing their real-world Web CMS expertise. For 2010, twenty outstanding individuals from around the world were selected to be members of the program.

Individuals were nominated by Sitecore employees from around the world, and were reviewed by a board of Sitecore executives. The Sitecore judges evaluated articles, blogs and other content that addresses the challenges of development and information architecture. In addition, judges reviewed attendance and influence at events and training sessions, depth and frequency of posts in Sitecore Developer’s Forum and overall technical advocacy.

“The Sitecore MVP program recognizes those exceptional technology community leaders who actively evangelize and share their CMS knowledge with the Sitecore community,” said Lars Fløe Nielsen, VP, Technical Marketing, Sitecore. “With the MVP awards we want to thank these individuals for helping Sitecore users maximize the potential of their CMS platform and for advancing the entire community.”

The program offers members 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. The term for Sitecore MVPs is two years, after which time, individuals can be nominated again.

“We’re honored to have an industry leader like Sean on our team,” said Chris Pisapia, Verndale’s Managing Director of Technical Consulting and Founding Partner. “Over the last five years Sean has provided our clients with unmatched technical expertise successfully guiding nearly three dozen Sitecore specific CMS implementations and countless others,” Pisapia said.

About Verndale
Since 1998, Verndale has helped hundreds of emerging and midsize businesses maximize the value and reach of their web assets with a comprehensive offering of Strategy, Web Design & Development, Search Engine Marketing, CMS & System Integration, Web Hosting and Website Support Services. Verndale is a Microsoft Certified Development Partner and maintains active partner relationships with many of the leading Content Management, Portal, Commerce, Search, and E-Mail Marketing platforms. The firm continues to be recognized by the Boston Business Journal and Inc. Magazine as one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in Massachusetts and the US respectively. For more information, visit

About Sitecore
Sitecore redefines how organizations engage with their customers online, powering experiences that can sense and adapt to a customer’s needs to increase revenue and customer lifetime value and satisfaction. Sitecore was the first Web Content Management system (WCM) to incorporate marketing automation, intranet portal, e-commerce, Web optimization, social media and campaign management technologies into a cohesive, integrated open platform. Sitecore’s software makes it easy for businesses to identify, serve, engage and convert new customers online.

Sitecore’s broad choice of capabilities enable marketing professionals, business stakeholders and information technology teams to rapidly implement, measure and manage a successful website and online business strategy. Its powerful development platform, integrated marketing automation tools and intuitive editing workspace enables successful websites of all types.

Thousands of public and private organizations have created and now manage more than 24,000 dynamic websites with Sitecore including ATP World Tour, Computer Associates, ISS, Lloyd’s of London, Microsoft, Omni Hotels, Siemens, Thomas Cook and The Knot.

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