I joined originally Tridion back in 2000, as their UK Systems Administrator. Very quickly I moved in to Professional Services, working as a Technical Consultant until I was made redundant in the Summer of 2002. After that I moved in to the freelance market where I worked directly for Tridion customers and partners across the UK and Europe. In 2006 I was approached by Tridion with a view to rejoining Professional Services. Given the apparent state of the Tridion contract market, and because I hadn’t really wanted to leave in the first place, I jumped at the chance.
At the end of 2007 I was given the chance to switch from PS to Pre-Sales. When I realised the move would mean that I could spend more time doing cool things with Tridion, working on upcoming releases and modules, and talking to people about how great Tridion is I couldn’t turn it down. Since then I’ve been involved in preparing Tridion demonstrations for both existing and prospective customers. I’ve had early access to 5.3, 2009, 2011, SiteEdit 2009, and SmartTarget, as well as more hands-on experience of OutboundEmail and WebForms (both elements of Tridion that I’d barely used before).
My work in Pre-Sales is also the inspiration for this blog. I regularly find myself developing interesting solutions to the requirements provided for the demos I prepare. I was also recongnised as an SDL Tridion MVP for 2010 – a award from the community for contributions to the community. This seems to have been solely for my contributions to the Tridion forum, and it got me thinking that there was more I could share with the community – namely these interesting solutions that would usually end up disappearing in to the sad state of affairs that is my piss-poor attempt at information organisation.
And so, this blog was born, to be a place where I can share tips and techniques that I use when implementing Tridion. Of course, as a Pre-Sales Consultant my job is to make things work. This often means that I cut corners to get the result I want that wouldn’t ordinarily be cut. With that in mind, if you’re reading this please take any code samples as just that – samples. Use them as a guide to help you find the right solution for you, not as complete solution.
Thanks, and enjoy 🙂