EPiServer World

See also:
EPiServer Partner and Developer Stats 2014


A better World

While content is main focus of a community site, the user experience is also important. Improvement on a site like World is continuous work in progress. Credit to the EPiServer World team for making a lot of technical improvements behind the scenes over the past year. 

Restructured documentation, design tweaks, improved thread search/filtering/sorting and formatting fixes are some of the stuff they've worked on.

Another useful new feature is the "EPiServer World feature requests" section, where users can suggest and vote on functionality and design changes for the community site. A lot of suggestions have come in; some have already been implemented, while others are in the pipeline. 

 

Forum moderators

To help with housekeeping on the site, EMVP Chris Sharp and myself were appointed forum moderators in 2014. 

This involves tidying up stray or duplicate threads, spam removal, and other janitorial stuff - as well as pitching in on the forums like any other user. Moderating is a strictly voluntary task, but I think it will become increasingly important as the community continues to grow.



EPiServer and Ektron communities merging

Both EPiServer and Ektron community were strong before the merger of the two companies. Going forward, the two user communities will be merged into one.

Already, several Ektron developers have started experimenting with EPiServer, and a few have even gotten round to posting blogs or forum posts on World. 

In case you missed it, there's even a weekly Google Hangout webcast about EPiServer and Ektron now - the EPiServer Developer Weekly (formerly Ektron Developer Office Hours). Hosted by developer evangelist James Stout, relevant guests discuss CMS technology, concepts and news. On Twitter, use #EPiDev  to find and contribute to the discussions. 

Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post with more in-depth look at the merging communities.

 

EMVP updates

4 new EPiServer MVPs were added in January:
Arve Systad (Epinova), Karoline Klever (Epinova), Henrik Fransas (Active Solution) and Khurram Khan (Welcom Software). Congratulations to all of you!

Meanwhile, the MVP programs for Ektron and EPiServer are being merged into one - simply "EMVP". Currently, there are 32 EMVPs total (25 EPiServer, 7 Ektron). All current and potential EMVPs will continue to be evaluated based on their community contributions, whether they are focusing on Ektron or EPiServer development. 

EMVP Trivia:

  • Epinova, NetRelations and Geta currently have the most EMVPs (3 each).
  • POSSIBLE now have zero EMVPs, after David Knipe joined EPiServer.
  • Making Waves now have zero EMVPs, after Alexander Haneng joined Geta.
  • David Knipe and Stefan Forsberg have left the EMVP program.

 

Top 30 EPiServer World Contributors

Based on my unofficial research, these are the current top 30 ranked contributors - in terms of forum, blog or code postings. (Current EPiServer employees excluded - alumni included).

Name Company EPW status
1. Frederik Vig (EMVP) Geta Oracle (3308 pts)

2. Johan Petersson (EMVP)

NetRelations 

Oracle (3209 pts)

3. Ted Nyberg (EMVP)

Ted & Gustaf

Oracle (3018 pts)

4. Valdis Iljuconoks (EMVP)

Geta

Esteemed Citizen (2670 pts)
5. Joel Abrahamsson (EMVP) Independent Esteemed Citizen (2484 pts)
6. Arild Henrichsen (EMVP) Epinova Esteemed Citizen (2352 pts)
7. Henrik Fransas (EMVP) 

Active Solution

Esteemed Citizen (2339 pts)
8. Anders Hattestad (EMVP)  Itera Consulting Esteemed Citizen (2266 pts)
9. Petter Klang

Sogeti

Esteemed Citizen (2012 pts)
10. Mari Jørgensen Geta Esteemed Citizen (1935 pts)
11. Per Nergård (EMVP) KnowIt Esteemed Citizen (1908 pts)
12. Johan Kronberg (EMVP) 

NetRelations

Esteemed Citizen (1742 pts)
13. Alf Nilsson (EMVP)

NetRelations

Esteemed Citizen (1727 pts)

14. Erik Nordin Wahlberg (EMVP)

Disco Works

Esteemed Citizen (1612 pts)
15. Fredrik Haglund (EMVP) Independent Esteemed Citizen (1606 pts)

16. Eric Pettersson

Itera Consulting

Esteemed Citizen (1588 pts)
17. Khurram Khan (EMVP) Welcom Software Esteemed Citizen (1524 pts)

18. Marija Jemuovic (EMVP)

Mogul

Contributing Citizen (1455 pts)
19. Lars Øyvind Bodahl Epinova Contributing Citizen (1241 pts)

20. Dejan Caric

Laboremus Contributing Citizen (1111 pts)
21. Stefan Forsberg Valtech Contributing Citizen (1096 pts)

22. Chris Sharp (EMVP)

Nansen

Contributing Citizen (1081 pts)

23. Joshua Folkerts

Blend Interactive

Contributing Citizen (1059 pts)

24. Tore Gjerdrum

Epinova

Contributing Citizen (967 pts)

25. Johan Book

Avensia

Contributing Citizen (934 pts)
26. Alexander Haneng (EMVP) Making Waves Contributing Citizen (929 pts)
27. Arve Systad (EMVP) Epinova Contributing Citizen (858 pts)
28. Kjetil Simensen Epinova Contributing Citizen (831 pts)
29. Ørjan Horpestad Evry Contributing Citizen (831 pts)
30. Karoline Klever (EMVP) Epinova Contributing Citizen (805 pts)


Community Trivia:

  • Johan Petersson (NetRelations) and Ted Nyberg (Ted+Gustaf) achieved Oracle status on World in the past year.
  • Henrik Fransas (Active Solution) is the climber of the year, having rocketed into the Top 10 and getting an EMVP title. 
  • Epinova currently have the most developers in the Top 30 Contributors (6),
    followed by Geta (4) and NetRelations (3).
  • Chris Sharp (Nansen) currently has the most profile badges on World (4): 
    Certified CMS developer, Certified Commerce developer, EMVP, Moderator. (Only badge missing is the Purple CMS Heart - awarded if you get wounded while developing with EPiServer).
  • Note: Some developers seem to have expired ECDs (500 pts deducted from score), placing them lower than normal in the list. 

 

Rant: Timing, motivation and numbers

If April seems like an arbitrary time to do a year-in-review post - you're right.

Ideally I'd post this in January right after the new EMVP announcements (which crown the top contributors from the previous calendar year). Still, my timing has been slipping ever since I did the first one in 2012 (then 2013, 2014), mainly due to work load laziness.

I started doing this for fun (also, to counter-balance a slightly skewed, similiar blog series from another EPiServer partner), and these stats weren't available in a structured format on World. 

Hopefully it's been informative, entertaining as well as helping kindle the friendly rivalries between EPiServer partners and developers. I'm not sure I will continue posting yearly updates, but I still haven't given up hope that EPiServer will provide these stats themselves in the near future.

This year, I did not include the "Top Partners" list (ranked by number of certified developers).

The partner statistics are often outdated or inaccurate, making them unsuitable for comparison anyway.  More importantly, certifications are a pointless metric for comparing EPiServer partners.

I still think any proper CMS should have a developer certification program to demonstrate baseline competence. But as companies use internal grooming programs and intensive "master classes" to bulk-certify their people, certifications are becoming a commodity, taken for granted. In fact, as a client, I'd accept no less than having my project staffed with certified developers.

Basing your marketing and client pitches on the size of your dev department (or number of certifications, or even EMVPs) is a treacherous game, as people WILL move on.

During my time working with EPiServer (and especially the past few years compiling these statistics), I've seen companies go from Partner Of The Year to near obscurity. I've seen companies have the most EMVPs one year, then lose them all the following year. I've seen companies lose their most "visible" developers to competitors, leaving them with loads of developers on paper but no one to represent them in the community.

Clients are not wowed by community statistics. They look beyond, at factors like experience, collaboration, innovation, holistic thinking and focus on quality. 

Those are the real differentiators, and that's where companies really have a chance to shine. Your company values are often reflected in your contributions to the community. Make them count.

 

 

The Ektron MVP program is being merged with the existing EPiServer MVP program. All EMVPs will continue to be evaluated based on their community contributions, whether they are focusing on Ektron or EPiServer development. 

The Ektron MVPs currently are:

Ken McAndrew (Celerity), Daved Artemik (Celerity), Dustin Sier (WSOL), Chris Osterhout (WSOL), Jon Binnie (G2G3), Chris Jacques (Johnson & Wales University) and Brad Steele (HintTech)