Andy Thompson, CTO of digital agency Luminary, has been named in the prestigious Kentico MVP lineup for the fifth consecutive year.
Thompson is one of just nine MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) to be named by the digital experience platform provider in 2019, and is the only one in the Asia Pacific region. The Kentico MVP Program is an annual recognition program designed to acknowledge outstanding developers for their contribution to the Kentico, CMS and .NET communities over the preceding 12 months.
In announcing the 2019 lineup, Kentico Technical Evangelist Byran Soltis said,
Each year we have hundreds of developers who participate in online forums, DevNet Q&As, user group presentations, and many other activities to assist the Kentico community. While we have a tremendous amount of involvement throughout the community, we have recognised a handful of developers who have gone above and beyond with their contributions. These individuals have excelled at assisting others with their knowledge and experience.
Thompson said he was honoured to again be named as an MVP, saying,
It’s not easy to achieve and I’m in very impressive company. I know the other MVPs are all absolute experts in their fields and go out of their way to help improve Kentico as a product and to help the broader community.
Among the highlights of being a Kentico MVP over the past four years, Thompson lists having direct contact with Kentico.
Being able to spend a lot of time with Kentico’s key people, like product owners, designers and developers, has definitely been useful. Over the past year, Luminary has been heavily involved in providing feedback on Kentico’s products. We’ve given them very honest and objective feedback. It’s allowed us to provide a direct line of feedback on behalf of the whole partner community. And it’s always handy having a bit of inside knowledge into what’s in the pipeline.
As well as being actively involved in evaluating product betas for Kentico in 2018, Thompson presented at the Kentico Connection Conference, and was a regular contributor to the developer community through various online communities. He also joined the other MVPs working alongside Kentico staff in the Czech Republic for a week, as part of the annual MVP Summit.
Being involved in the MVP program has definitely helped position Luminary in the market as CMS platform experts,” added Thompson. “The more knowledge we have about various CMS platforms, the more able we are to speak to potential customers about the pros and cons and help them choose the right platform.
Luminary is an independent Australian digital agency that has been creating award-winning experiences since 1999. The agency rebranded in July 2018, changing its name from Get Started to Luminary. With a portfolio that includes some of the most well-known names in the Australian government, retail and corporate sectors, Luminary’s offering includes digital strategy and transformation, UX design, development, hosting, and digital marketing. Luminary has more than 55 staff across offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Albury-Wodonga and Bali.
Kentico Software helps clients create successful websites, online stores, community sites and intranets. Kentico’s products include Kentico EMS, an all-in-one CMS, e-commerce and online marketing platform, and Kentico Cloud, a comprehensive cloud-first headless CMS. Kentico has 1000 digital solution partners and powers 25,000 websites across 100 countries. Founded in 2004, Kentico is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner headquartered in the Czech Republic, with offices in Australia, the US, UK, Netherlands and Singapore.