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Hedgehog Development’s Charles Turano and Sean Kearney Named Sitecore MVPs

Holbrook, NY (April 10, 2012) -- Hedgehog Development, a leading custom application development company, announced today that two of its employees have been named 2011 Sitecore Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs).

Sitecore is the leading provider of .NET Web Content Management System (CMS) software and has more than 4,500 certified developers, and more than 10,000 active community participants. The Sitecore MVP Award program celebrates the most active Sitecore community members who provide invaluable contributions by solving problems and discovering new ways to transform technology.

Charles Turano, senior developer and partner at Hedgehog, and Sean Kearney, solutions architect at Hedgehog, join an elite group of fifty-two of the most active Sitecore community members from around the world.

As Sitecore MVPs, Hedgehog’s Charles Turano and Sean Kearney have access to a number of valuable resources that will benefit clients working with Hedgehog. These include access to 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.”

Sitecore’s CMS 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.

Contributions of Turano and Kearney Span Across the Board
“We’re very proud of Charlie and Sean. In the five years they’ve been with Hedgehog, their contributions have made a significant positive impact on our clients’ businesses and the entire Sitecore development community,” stated Dan Galvez, co-founder of Hedgehog.

Turano and Kearney both designed and implemented the Visual Studio integration and Build components of Hedgehog Development’s Team Development for Sitecore (TDS) product, which saves Sitecore developers thousands of hours a year in deployment of Sitecore solutions, freeing them up to spend more time developing.

Both have also helped numerous high-profile Hedgehog clients adopt Sitecore as a platform, improve their implementation of Sitecore, and helped them evaluate how their Sitecore adoption roadmap meets their business needs. As contributing authors of an upcoming Sitecore book, Professional Sitecore Development. Turano and Kearney also lend their expertise to provide technical support to Hedgehog clients.

Additionally, both generously and readily volunteer their time and expertise to other developers in the .NET community. Kearney, who also works with people in Sitecore to enhance the development of shared source modules, is the author of popular blog, http://seankearney.com and actively answers questions about Sitecore on community message boards as well as on Twitter, @seankearney. The 2011 Sitecore MVP honor marks the second time in Kearney’s career that he was selected. He was also named Sitecore MVP in 2009.

About Hedgehog Development
Hedgehog Development is a recognized leader in Sitecore Web Content Management implementations, custom application development, and integration services. The company is headquartered in Holbrook, Long Island, NY and serves clients around the world. Hedgehog’s specialties include .NET development and Visual Studio Team System, SQL Server, Cloud Services Development, and SharePoint 2007 development and implementations. A field-managed Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, and three-time recipient of the Customer Satisfaction Prize, Hedgehog was also recognized as a Partner of the Year in Microsoft’s New York/New Jersey Area Partner Awards Program for Application Development. Hedgehog is also part of Microsoft’s Inner Circle program for Visual Studio Team System. These hard-earned distinctions represent a host of exclusive benefits for Hedgehog clients ranging from access to early adopter software to priority customer support services.

In 2012, Hedgehog Development’s client Equinox was awarded the Best Sitecore Leisure/Healthclub Site of the Year. In 2010, another Hedgehog client, The Knot, was awarded the North American Sitecore Site of the Year, and the North American Sitecore Media Site of the Year. Additionally, Hedgehog’s celebrated Team Development for Sitecore product recently earned it the coveted position of Technology Partner in the Sitecore Partner program, making it one of only three worldwide partners that are both Sitecore Implementation and Sitecore technology partners.

Learn more about Hedgehog Development at www.hhogdev.com.

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:                                                       Media Contact:
 Peter Madsen      Ron Greenstone
 Hedgehog Development      Greenstone Marketing, LLC
 631.676.2186 x210      631.676.6300
 pmadsen@hhogdev.com      ron@greenstonemarketing.com

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