Over more than a decade with this company, I have watched Sitecore grow from a small group of people trying to build and sell the best web content management software in the world to a global organization of significant scale that, with engagement management and automation, has exceeded that goal. While I am proud to have made significant contributions to presales engineering, training, documentation, software evangelism, and especially the Sitecore developer community, the time has come for me to bid farewell.
I would like to show special appreciation for all of the Sitecore MVPs and everyone else who knows they truly deserve to be an MVP. I enjoyed meeting you at MVP summits and Symposiums. I appreciated what I have learned from each of you and the times we helped each other. I would also like to sincerely apologize to anyone I have abandoned on Sitecore forums, on twitter, on my blog, on email, and/or elsewhere. With all of the people and points of contact, sometimes it could be hard to keep up.
As I wrote in one of my first blog posts back in April of 2009 (Three Factors to Sitecore’s Success), people are the only thing that can make a successful product and a great place to work. In my time with this company, I was lucky to learn from hundreds of pleasant, talented people from all over the world – more than I can possibly remember to contact individually in this last week. I have truly enjoyed watching the Sitecore developer community grow from almost nothing to a vibrant global force.
While I may not currently know exactly what lies ahead, I am motivated to explore other interests and challenges, and will be especially glad to have more free time. In any case, I expect to do something very different from what I have done at Sitecore. Although, over the last twenty years, every time I have said I would take some time off, I have ended up doing something more exciting professionally.
Rather than saying goodbye to hundreds of friends in the Sitecore community, I would simply like to move into a new phase of those relationships. I do not expect to travel much in the near future, but you are welcome to look me up if you are ever in Portland. For anything *except* Sitecore technical support, you can always contact me on gmail (john.west) and http://linkedin.com/in/johnwest3.
I will always wish the absolute best for the company, its employees, and everyone in the Sitecore community. I am thankful for the experiences I have had with this organization, glad to have had the opportunity to work with all of you, and always will be proud of our combined accomplishments.
Goodbye forever, Rich Text Editor!
You will be dearly missed in the Sitecore World John!!! All the very best!!!
Wish you all the best Mr. West!
Ever since I attended my very first Sitecore training with you, you've made a huge influence on my Sitecore Career. All the knowledge and guidance we get from you will be sorely missed. Best of luck in whatever you are upto next, John - whatever it is, I'm sure you'll excel at it!
Hi John, I have learned a lot from your blog posts and following the path you have shown (blogging). Thank you for all the motivation and knowledge shared. I'm sure you will find great opportunities :-) Thank you & Kind Regards, Chaturanga
That is indeed sad news :-( Your great blog posts have helped me a lot. You will be missed
from the bottom of my Sitecore loving heart: thank you John for everything you did for Sitecore. Being a long time follower of Sitecore and supporting the product - I have seen what your contribution have brought.
All the best John! I'll miss you my virtual mentor :(
Are you going back to tuna?
Good luck for the future John, you will be missed.
Thank you John! Sitecore would not have been the same without you. I think you have made a significant impact on the product and the community in particular. You will be missed! I wish you the best of luck and happiness in the future. Cheers Jens
Thank you for everything. I hope to see you next time I'm in Portland.
Your amazing contributions to the community have been an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for everything. Wishing you all the best Mr. West!
I hope you enjoy some well deserved rest and success with whatever the future holds John. You probably don't remember but you were actually my trainer for my certification back in 2008 at Vail Resorts. There were many times during that project I would email you in the middle of the night a question thinking you could answer in the morning only to see your reply with the answer 3 minutes later. All the best!
Hi John, You will be missed. I enjoyed hanging out with you at the MVP summits and your passion for the product and community was a stand-out. Your posts have helped all of us at Nonlinear over the years. Best of luck in whatever lies ahead!!
Best of luck John and thanks for the great posts!