Six Aceik Team Members Named Sitecore Most Valuable Professional

Aceik today announced that an unprecedented six of its team members have been named a 2021 Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Sitecore®, the global leader in digital experience management software. Our leader and team members, Jason Horne, Thomas Tyack, David (Danny) Newman, Jitendra Soni, David Goosem and Praveen Manchana are being honored among only 24 MVPs across Australia in the program’s 15th year.

Recognising professionals who deliver outstanding customer experiences through shared expertise on Sitecore’s products, the 2021 MVP program draws from a community of 12,000 certified developers and over 20,000 active participants. This year’s worldwide pool of 284 MVPs contributed invaluable knowledge to the community in 2020 and demonstrated true mastery of the Sitecore platform to support partners, customers and prospects.

“It’s an honour for one individual to be recognised for their community contribution, but to know we have six MVPs on our team is outstanding. This MVP designation recognises the unique skills, expertise and success that Tom, Danny, Jitendra, David and Praveen, alongside their colleagues brings to our customers’ digital experience every day,” said Jason Horne, CEO, Aceik.

About the Sitecore MVPs on the Aceik team

Jason Horne, CEO

From Jason’s initial experience of working with Sitecore 5.3 all the way back in 2008, he set out to become a Sitecore Specialist.

In 2014, Jason launched Aceik, a Sitecore specialist consultancy. And he followed this up with the launch of the Sitecore Melbourne Meetup community. His aim has been to provide an environment in which the Aceik team has the skills, tools, relationships, clients, and freedom to deliver the highest level of quality solutions in the Sitecore space.

Thomas Tyack, Chief Technical Architect

Thomas has been working with Sitecore since early 2009 and excitingly for Aceik, this is his third consecutive year as a Sitecore MVP-Technology.

Tom has his hand in many Sitecore pies including regular updates to the Sitecore Speedy module, sharing Sitecore hints through his blog and at meetups and creating a 6 Pillars of Page Speed video series (to name just a few of his contributions in the past 12 months). He also co-founded the AU Sitecore Slack workspace, a forum for Australian based developers to keep in touch.

David (Danny) Newman, Training Manager

Danny spent 8 years at Sitecore teaching developers, marketers and authors to create outstanding digital customer experiences using the Sitecore platform.

In 2019, Danny brought those skills to Aceik where he combined his Sitecore knowledge with Aceik’s practical experience to deliver a balanced Sitecore training program. Danny now provides complimentary training webinars to the Sitecore community.

Jitendra Soni, Sitecore Tech Lead

Jitendra’s very first Sitecore project was a jewellery channel in the UK all the way back in 2013. Since then, he’s delivered many Sitecore projects, including Mondelez International, Invista Group, Dentos Global USA, Manchester United, Bunnings, Bridgestone and RACQ.

Jitendra is an avid blogger on all things Sitecore.

David Goosem, Solution Architect

David has more than 10 years’ experience working both client-side and within agencies as a Sitecore developer, a role in which he delivered exceptional Sitecore websites and customer journeys. His first implementation was on Sitecore 6.4, when he became hooked on the platform’s potential and he has since worked on projects for RACQ, QSuper, RTA, ForceNet, Motorama, Endeavour Foundation and RSL Art Union.

Aside from contributing to SUGCON, David is an avid blogger on all things Sitecore as well as an active member of the Brisbane Sitecore community.

Praveen Manchana, Solution Architect

Praveen started working with Sitecore five years ago, and his first project focused on ecommerce. He considers himself privileged to spend time at Bunnings working on their Homebase project, including Click & Collect. From there, he worked with a couple of different Sitecore partners on other ecommerce projects, including Baby Bunting and Bridgestone.

Praveen has contributed many modules to the Sitecore open source community including Commerce Automation, Promotions Search on 9.2 and Sitecore Commerce 10 with SXA Storefront in Docker for Development.

When he’s not implementing or building on Sitecore, you can find him presenting at local Meetups and webinars.

“The 2021 Sitecore MVPs consist of stellar individuals who demonstrated incredible commitment to the Sitecore community during a challenging year which didn’t allow for in-person engagement,” said Tom De Ridder, CTO of Sitecore. “The 284 MVPs stepped up to the plate to bring critical knowledge and insights for the greater community through virtual channels. We are especially pleased to celebrate this group in the program’s 15th year.”

In recent months, Sitecore recognised Aceik’s success and expertise by naming the organization a Platinum partner, the highest-ranking tier of partner status in the Sitecore network and rewarded Aceik a Sitecore Experience Award Honorable Mention for its work with RAA.

More information can be found about the MVP Program on the Sitecore MVP site:

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