Horizontal Integration Wins Eight Sitecore “Most Valuable Professional” Awards

Elite Distinction Awarded for both Exceptional Technical Contributions to the Sitecore Community and Innovation in Customer Experience Management.

MINNEAPOLISJanuary 28, 2015—Horizontal Integration (HI) announced that eight team members have been named as a “Most Valuable Professional (MVP)” by Sitecore, the global leader in customer experience management. Seven of their Sitecore-certified developers have been named as a “Technology MVP”. There are more than 26,000 developers in Sitecore’s global network. With only 141 people worldwide to be named a Sitecore Technology MVP this year, the seven HI developers make up nearly 5 percent of the 2015 Technology MVP Award recipients worldwide. In addition, Chris Staley, HI founding partner and EVP of Interactive Solutions, was awarded as “Digital Strategy MVP”. Staley was one of only 26 people worldwide to be named a Sitecore Digital Strategy MVP this year.

Now it its ninth year, Sitecore’s MVP program recognizes individual technology and digital strategy advocates who share their Sitecore passion and expertise to offer positive customer experiences that drive business results. The Sitecore Technology MVP Award recognizes the most active Sitecore experts from around the world who participate in online and offline communities to share their knowledge with other Sitecore partners and customers. “We are grateful for the leadership, expertise and ongoing contributions that the seven Sitecore Technology MVP recipients at Horizontal Integration have made to the Sitecore community,” said Lars Fløe Nielsen, Co-Founder and senior vice president, technical marketing, Sitecore. “These seven—Sheetal Jain, Brent Svac, Daniel Schoenberg, Kiran Patil, Brijesh Patel, Varun Shringarpure and Nilesh Thakkar—have demonstrated mastery of our technology and exemplifies the spirit of Sitecore.”

The Sitecore Digital Strategist MVP Award recognizes individuals with strong experience in executing data-driven marketing solutions and proven success in using Sitecore’s experience platform to deliver exceptional business outcomes for customers. “Marketers are overloaded by siloed data and are looking for a simple way to access a single view of their customers,” said Lars Birkholm Petersen, global director of business optimization services, Sitecore. “Using Sitecore’s experience platform, HI’s Chris Staley has helped our customers execute relevant, multichannel brand experiences resulting in exceptional business outcomes for our customers.”

“Sitecore clients have literally hundreds of implementation partners from which to choose,” said Horizontal Integration CEO, Sabin Ephrem. “Our Platinum-tier partner status and eight MVP awards this year help the market understand what our clients already know: When it comes to Sitecore, Horizontal Integration is the acknowledged leader. We’re honored to call this year’s eight Sitecore MVPs our friends and colleagues.”

Horizontal Integration specializes in end-to end, enterprise-level Sitecore implementations via full-service digital marketing expertise in strategy, user experience design, content and technical development. Their mission is to build the most engaging experiences on the web.

Sitecore’s experience platform combines web content management, omni-channel digital delivery, customer insight and engagement, and strategic digital marketing tools into a single, unified platform. The platform is incredibly easy to use, capturing every minute interaction—and intention—that customers and prospects have with a brand, both on a website and across other digital channels. The end-to-end experience technology works behind the scenes to deliver content targeted to individual customers, so that they engage in relevant brand experiences that earn loyalty and achieve results.

About Horizontal Integration
Horizontal Integration (HI) is a Sitecore Platinum Implementation Partner offering two service lines: Web Solutions and Staffing Solutions. Specializing exclusively in the Sitecore CMS platform, the Web Solutions team includes eight 2015 Sitecore Global MVPs and is dedicated to full lifecycle project implementations—from strategy and design through technical development and deployment of solutions on the web. The Staffing Solutions team is dedicated to fulfilling clients’ temporary and permanent staffing needs in Marketing, Creative, UX and Information Technology.

For more information, press only:
Dave Michela – Horizontal Integration
Tel: 612.466.4945
Email: dmichela@horizontalintegration.com

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