GeekHive’s Year in Review 2016
December 27, 2016
To wrap up the year, we wanted to take a look back at 2016. While our production process has been a well-oiled machine for years, 2016 was the year where building out and defining our brand became a focus as well. Check out GeekHive’s year in review 2016, a highlight of everything we’ve done this year.
- We kicked off the year right with the release of our first e-book: 6 Things to Look for in a Technology Partner. Whether you work with us or not, we hope you use this e-book to guide you in choosing the right partner so that your project is successful and your long-term needs are met. In it, we go over important qualities to look for and questions to ask your potential partners to ensure they’re the right choice for you.
- We welcomed business development specialist Jason Runnion to our ever growing team (we grew 41% in 2015!).
- We also gave our office the makeover it deserved, Geek style.
- Several of us journeyed to DC to participate in the Sitecore Experience Platform Context Marketing Training to see what new tools Sitecore had to offer.
- We welcomed Chief Experience Officer Mike Caccavano to the team in an effort to fulfill one of our major goals for the year; craft exceptional experiences for everyone who interacts with our brand.
- We launched Trojan’s new and improved responsive site in the US.
- We also started contributing to the Sitecore Blog with developer Steve VandenBush’s post: Disconnected Sitecore: A Headless and Non-traditional Approach.
- Front-end developer Drew Garman joined our team to help us get our new site up and running.
- While hard at work putting the final touches on our website so we could meet our launch date of May 2nd, we started an Instagram, because pictures are awesome and so is our culture 😉
- We launched our new website! It was a lot of hard work, but we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. We finally feel like we have a true representation of our brand, take a look at the before and afters, they are night and day.
- We headed to Drupalcon to connect with the robust community and to check out Drupal 8 (a great business opportunity for agencies).
- We launched Cynosure’s new B2B marketing portal Amps 2.0 on Drupal 7, check out the case study and technical post about this project for all the details.
- We also launched Eyesave’s new site to help them break into the mobile user market, rebuilding their entire storefront using Bigcommerce. You could say May was kind of busy!
- Our team continued to grow in June! We welcomed developers Nate Brooker Perry and Michelle Banzer , and VP of Business Development Stephen Downs, expanding our team to the West Coast.
- We launched our capabilities deck so that anyone looking to work with us can find exactly what they need and take a deep dive into our offerings.
- We sponsored a local soccer team and a local baseball team. The baseball sponsorship was for Beautiful People, Adaptive sports, the Orange County chapter of miracle league. This organization is near and dear to us as our CEO and President Peter Ladka is also the Founder of Beautiful People.
- We became supporting partners of the Drupal Association. After working on Cynosure and seeing what Drupal can do, we couldn’t wait to get involved and dig in deeper.
- Since team bonding is so important to us, we started company rec nights where we get together to play kickball and soccer – kids and spouses are welcome!
- We had our first company-wide off-site to discuss our history, mission, vision, and values, followed by a day of activities, and finally a family bbq.
- GeekHive was named to the Inc 5000 list for 2016!
- In addition, we were recognized for our contributions in the Sitecore community and became a Sitecore Gold Implementation Partner!
- We welcomed developer Nicole Reed and QA Specialist Mike Shatalov to our team based out of Warwick.
- CTO Jay Oliver joined Forbes Tech Team!
- We attended the annual Gathering of the Games (The Great Game of Business) conference and left with a ton of takeaways.
- We sponsored the t-shirt station at Sitecore Symposium and made awesome #ImAGeek shirts.
- We launched the official site for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway.
- After attending Sitecore Symposium, we were so thrilled about Sitecore’s Experience Platform (SEP) that we put together this SEP Methodology Whitepaper, a step-by-step guide on how to implement it in your Sitecore instance. It’s definitely worth a read if you are on the Sitecore Platform and don’t feel like you are taking full advantage of the amazing marketing and personalization tools it has to offer.
- We completed development for YourHearing Provider Portal.
- We celebrated Customer Experience Day for the first time ever.
- We also published a case study for MWI Animal Health. While it hasn’t launched yet, we’ve been working with them on this project for over a year and it’s a great e-commerce strategy read.
- Sitecore Coast, a module for Sitecore that enables authors and developers to quickly move items between databases, instances, and versions was released.
- We started a YouTube channel featuring fun videos and weekly geeky news updates.
- We launched the new US OxiClean site.
- We welcomed a new team member, Sitecore developer Junaid Rehman.
- We had an amazing time attending the Atlassian User Group Holiday party in NYC overlooking Times Square. We’ve been a part of the Atlassian community for quite some time and laid our how we use their tools for our business here.
- We launched Coach USA’s rebranded site on Drupal.
- We also supported Cerner with their site launch.
- Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) upgraded from Sitecore 6.6 to 8.1 this month with our support.
- We finished up a minigame for our Long-term Engagement Team that ran throughout Q4 and resulted in a reduction of the time it takes tickets to be processed by 25%!
- We also went through all of the things we’ve produced this year with a fine tooth comb to decide on our all-time favorites from 2016 and made a list of them here.
In addition to all of these bigger things there were plenty of smaller moments; game nights, taco Tuesdays, huddles, Thursday night burgers and beers, chili and cookie contests, pumpkin carving contests, yoga in the office, frisbee in the park, hikes, and birthday parties. These are the things that make us who we are, a family. You could be a part of all of this in 2017, apply to become a geek today!
We can’t wait to see what the new year brings and what we are able to accomplish in the coming year. Cheers to an amazing 2017!
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