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@sitecorejohn Bids Farewell

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!