San Francisco: On May 8, 2019– Sitecore, a global leader in digital experience management software, announced their intention to acquire Hedgehog Development, a customer and partner -focused digital consultancy. This acquisition will accelerate Sitecore growth and bolster the people, technology, and services resources supporting their solution partners as they continue to solve their customers’ most critical challenges of digital transformation.
According to Mark Frost, CEO of Sitecore, their success has been built hand-in-hand with their dedicated partners. The addition of Hedgehog Development to Sitecore strengthens its community, support their revenue growth and the growth of their partner. And with this addition, Sitecore adds a team that will bring innovative culture and critical front-line implementation expertise at the same time to increase Sitecore ability to scale in the key areas of support, services, and training. These resources will improve Sitecore ability to help customers maximize their Sitecore investment, accelerate their digital transformation, and realize the complete potential of critical Sitecore features like advanced personalization.
Hedgehog Development has a very long history of commitment to Sitecore technology and of ongoing support to the Sitecore community. Hedgehog Development was the first agency to become an implementation and technology partner with Sitecore. In 2014, Hedgehog was awarded the very first Sitecore partner contribution award in recognition of Hedgehog Development’s landmark contribution in organizing and executing Sitecore virtual summit. With existing expertise in Sitecore technology, Hedgehog Development will enable Sitecore and Sitecore solution partners to quickly;
• Expand developer tooling: The creator of widely-used team development for Sitecore essential suite of products is Hedgehog Development that helps to reduce deployment time, ease implementations, and improve productivity for Sitecore solutions. Sitecore plans to incorporate these tools more deeply within its solution offerings. Specifically, Sitecore customers and partners will benefit from better access to TDS classic, which reduces deployment time and helps to ensure the alignment to Sitecore best practices and Avtor that improves usability and productivity for Sitecore content strategist and editors.
• Increase the scale of Sitecore Professional Services and SBOS: Hedgehog Development will add significant expertise to quickly broaden the capability of Sitecore SOBS, professional services, augment Sitecore solution partner’s design, strategy, and implementation services. This will help Sitecore customers accelerate deployment time, overcome any complexity in their IT environment, and minimize unnecessary costs.
• Strengthen partner enablement programs: The addition of Hedgehog Development to the Sitecore’s capacity will enable Sitecore partners across different geographies, specifically in geographies including training on their best practices and improved documentation.
• Enhance training capabilities: To quickly accelerate Sitecore solution partner’s time-to- proficiency and at the same time simplify the path to become Sitecore experts on new product offerings, Hedgehog Development’s product implementation expertise will supplement Sitecore’s education and certification programs to support, mentor, and train Sitecore partners on products like Sitecore Content Hub™ and Sitecore Experience Commerce™.
According to Dan Galvez, CEO of Hedgehog, they are very excited about continuing their journey with an organization that reflects their values, appreciates their culture, and shares their vision to help the customers transform their businesses to meet the digital requirements of the present and the future. Furthermore, they value the relationships that Sitecore has built with its implementation partners and they are looking forward to this new opportunity to extend their support for the Sitecore community. Most of all, they are ready to join Sitecore to help Sitecore deliver the best possible experience and the outcomes for their partners and customers.
The acquisition of Hedgehog Development by Sitecore is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close during June of 2019. The financial terms were not disclosed in this announcement. Upon successful closing of the transaction, Hedgehog Development’s more than 80 employees will become a part of the Sitecore, which also includes the Hedgehog Development leadership team.
Hedgehog is a full-service digital consultancy transforming the way brands interact with their customers by designing and engineering high performance, multi-channel digital marketing solutions positioning clients for growth and success. A multidisciplinary web solutions firm, Hedgehog offers strategy, design, consulting, technology, and managed services.
Sitecore is the global leader in digital experience management software that combines content management, commerce, and customer insights. The Sitecore Experience Cloud™ empowers marketers to deliver personalized content in real time and at scale across every channel—before, during, and after a sale
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