My name is Kerry Bellerose. I am a Solution Architect at Sitecore Corporation with overall responsibility for our worldwide Training and Documentation efforts.
So what took you so long?
I joined Sitecore in March, 2005. The insightful reader will notice that over two years have gone by without a peep from me on the blogosphere.
So what gives?
Well, given my role as responsible for documentation and training materials, I’ve been doing plenty of writing about Sitecore. When I joined Sitecore we were just about to release V5 and we desperately needed documentation and training materials. I made a conscious decision that anything I wrote regarding Sitecore should be available to everyone interested via official channels.
So why are you wasting your time now?
Right, good question!
Actually, we’ve made great strides since I started. Thanks to the tireless dedication and ceaseless hard work of many people (including Alexander Kokoshyn, Maria Metova, John West, Jesper Jørgensen, Kim Hornung, and many more), we actually have a staggering amount of documentation dedicated to Sitecore V5 available on the Sitecore Developer Network.
Just how much, you ask?
Well, we use Sitecore to manage the site, of course. A quick scan of the site reveals the following, as of May 21, 2007:
|Product Documentation||776 items|
|End User||399 items|
|Support Scrapbook||77 items|
As most of you know, each item may be more or less than a printed page, but if printed out this would amount to well over 3000 pages of documentation. And this doesn’t count the API reference materials!
On the training side we have four standard courses taught by 16 certified instructors worldwide. As of May 21, 2007 we have certified the following number of students worldwide:
|Certified Developer Level 1||823 certifications|
(available since June 2005)
|Certified Developer Level 2||240 certifications|
(available since Nov 2005)
|Certified Administrator||82 certifications|
(available since Jan 2006)
|Certified User||25 certifications|
(available since Jan 2007)
Each course has its own set of standard materials with 100s of pages of slides, lab notes, and other reference materials.
Of course, we’re not done yet. Sitecore as a product continues to evolve and improve at an incredible pace. It’s hard to keep up.
We are very lucky, however, to have an impressive network of Sitecore Forum users (over 900 as of May 21, 2007) and Sitecore bloggers who do an incredible job of answering questions, providing examples, and posting interesting articles.
I decided to join the pack now because I can see that I will have some interesting behind the scenes information to provide in the coming months; things that won’t fit as well in our standard channels. So stay tuned Sitecore enthusiasts!
I started life as a core developer for Digital Equipment Corporation after graduating from Northeastern University in Boston (College of Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Class of 1988).
After 8 years working on development environments such as DEC Rally and Forté, I left the US to live in Denmark. Since then I’ve been a developer and consultant working with various technologies including security and web-based applications.
I joined Sitecore in March 2005.