GeekHive’s Top Picks of 2016

December 21, 2016

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2016 has been quite the year here at GeekHive. We’ve grown like never before welcoming new team members locally and across the US in places like Texas, Indiana, California, and New Jersey. We’ve had the chance to work with our amazing digital and creative partners on projects for the biggest brands in the world like Coach USA, Exxon Mobil, and OxiClean. We were named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America list for the first time, and became a Sitecore Gold Partner. We’re really looking forward to what 2017 has to bring, starting with a move to a new space in January.

To review some of the highlights of the last year, check out our Top Picks of 2016.

Top Announcements:

A Brand New Look for GeekHive

We redesigned! In this blog post, we take a look at our before and afters and explain the whys and hows of our big change.

GeekHive Named to Inc. 5000 for 2016

For the first time ever, we were named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America list with a 3 year sales growth of 100%! As we continue to grow, we are more determined than ever to make sure we maintain the amazing culture we’re known for.

GeekHive Recognized as Sitecore Gold Implementation Partner

After many years as a Sitecore Technical Implementation Partner, we were recognized for being a leader in the community and awarded Gold Partner status.

Top Technical Blog Posts:

A Headless and Non-Traditional Approach to Sitecore

This one was a bit of a game changer. We started sharing our technical knowledge regularly on the Sitecore Blog last year and kicked off with this post. In it, developer Steve VandenBush lays out the technical architecture of a disconnected approach (already widely embraced in the Drupal Community) for Sitecore.

Drupal 8: Making the Switch as a Developer

If you’re a developer making the switch from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 can be scary, because they’ve changed, well… everything. Fear not! Developer Drew Nackers will go over the tools you need to make the transition seamless.

Introducing Coast for Sitecore

Developer John Rappel created a module that enables authors and developers to quickly move items between databases, instances, and even between versions. In this post, John walks you through where to find the module, how to install it, and how to use it.

Technical Aspects of a Redesign on Drupal 

This post is a partner to our Cynosure Case Study. In it, we take a technical deep dive as our Tech Director Kevin Varley gets into all of the specific technical tools and approaches we took on this project.

Running Sitecore 8 in a Docker Container

Our CTO Jay Oliver explores the uses of running Sitecore in a Docker Container in this post, featured on the Sitecore Blog. While containers are frequently used for microservices, we wanted to see what we could make it do within an enterprise environment like Sitecore.

Top Strategic Blog Posts:

Grow your Business 41% by Shifting Your Focus

GeekHive’s President and CEO Peter Ladka explains how one small shift in focus led to incredible growth in 2015, check out his secret to success.

Drupal 8: Business Opportunity for Agencies 

After attending DrupalCon 2016, CXO Mike Caccavano, a long time member of the Drupal community saw an opportunity for agencies that hadn’t previously been involved in the Drupal community to break through with the release of Drupal 8.

The Importance of Technical Brand Governance

VP of Business Development Stephen Downs shares the 3 biggest takeaways he’s learned about technical brand governance over his 15 plus year career working in agencies. His goal is to teach you how governance can be used to simplify the complexity of managing a global digital ecosystem, if done right.

What is Sitecore Consumption Model?

In this post CTO Jay Oliver walks you through the differences between Sitecore Consumption Model and their more traditional Perpetual Model along with the benefits that Consumption Model can provide for you.

Top Cultural Blog Posts:

People First, Employees Second

Director of HR Noreen Condon explores the 7 principals of being a Geek here at GeekHive, they all start with the belief that we are people first, employees second.

A Company and Culture Rooted in Values

Our culture is extremely important to us, so we wanted to take the time to get to the core of what makes our culture so special by defining our mission, vision, and values. Check out what we did, what we learned, and what we plan to do next.

New Team Members and Positions

Fulfilling Our 2016 Goals, One Hire at a Time

Piggybacking off of Peter’s goal of shifting our company from a service provider to an experience creator, he knew it was time to get serious and brought in just the person to craft positive experiences around everything we do, both internally and externally, our Chief Experience Officer Mike Caccavano.

GeekHive Expands to the West Coast 

Through our growth this year we expanded our upper-level management team to include several new positions, including VP of Business Development. Stephen Downs, formerly the Managing Director of RFI Studios, joined us to help expand our brand presence from coast to coast.

Our Favorite Case Studies of 2016

Comcast: Intranet Rebuild using Headless Architecture in Sitecore CMS

We paired up with our agency partner Huge Inc. to rebuild Comcast’s corporate intranet for over 100k daily users. Check out all the details, along with how we applied a disconnected and headless approach for this Sitecore build.

Cynosure: Custom B2B Portal on Drupal CMS

Along with our agency partner Cramer, we helped Cynosure rebuild and re-platform their custom marketing portal to support them in providing tools to their B2B customers. With the goal of increased usability in mind, we focused on the technical strategy and implementation of Cramer’s design.

Shire: Multisite Generation and Management Tool

Partnering with creative agency RFI Studios, we were tasked with building a content management system that could handle Shire’s international properties, create a seamless customer experience across sites, and provide their content management team with intuitive publishing capabilities.

Shannon Brennan-Cressey

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