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Sitecore MVP Triple Success for 2018.
It's been an exciting week here at Sagittarius with yesterday's announcement that three of our expert team here have been named as “Most Valuable Professional (MVP)” by global experience management leaders, Sitecore.
Nick Towers, Managing Director has achieved Digital Strategist MVP Status for the second year in a row alongside Digital Strategy Consultant Ruth Irvine who received her first MVP accolade, both being two of only five Strategy MVPs in the UK! Digital Strategists are individuals with a strong experience in data-driven marketing and implementation of the Sitecore Experience Platform.
Agency CEO, Paul Stephen has also been announced as a Sitecore MVP but in the Ambassador category; new to 2018, Ambassadors are experts who partner with Sitecore executive to provide insights and feedback about the platform and actively participate in the Sitecore community. Paul is one of only seven Sitecore Ambassadors in the UK.
Now in its twelfth year, Sitecore’s MVP programme recognises individual digital strategy, technology, commerce and ambassador advocates who contribute to the community with their experience and knowledge, adding value to the platform and expressing their passion and expertise to customers and colleagues alike. The award honours those that show a continued dedication to what they do both online and offline.
When asked, the team were more than pleased to rave about their nominations, here’s what they had to say:
Paul: “I'm delighted to have been recognised by Sitecore as one of the Most Valuable Professionals. Along with my fellow Sitecore MVP colleagues at Sagittarius, we spend a lot of our working life talking about and championing the Sitecore Experience Platform and its an honour to be made part of the 'Sitecore elite'. With so many exciting new developments on the latest version of Sitecore, I look forward to continuing to be an ambassador for the brand for years to come.”
Ruth: “I am extremely proud to have achieved MVP Digital Strategy Status, one of 39 globally and one of 5 within the UK. I think it acknowledges our passion and determination at Sagittarius to really utilise the Sitecore platform and our drive to see great business results for our customers."
You can find the full list of Sitecore MVPs here: https://mvp.sitecore.net/mvps/2018.
Today award-winning digital experience agency Sagittarius is proud to have been certified to ISO 27001 Information Security Management systems standard by business improvement company, BSI.
Leading brands demand first-class information security from their agency partners and the only real proof of this is achieving the ISO / IEC 27001 Certification. If you’re in sectors such as Financial Services, Healthcare, or even working with Government and Third Sector you’ll know that regulation and compliance are essential throughout your supply chain and that the top priority is guarding information and data.
Nick Towers, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Sagittarius said “We wanted to ensure that brands can come to us in the knowledge that we take data security, data protection and privacy very seriously. Our mantra is ‘remarkable’ and this applies to not just what we do but how we do it and ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised best practice framework for this. To achieve this in six months’ pay testimony to the hard work and commitment to security and privacy that prevails at Sagittarius and I’m very proud of the whole team who have made it their mission to exceed the high standards needed.”
Sagittarius wanted to meet the very highest standard and so decided to work with BSI whose mission is to ‘share knowledge, innovation and best practice to help people and organizations make excellence a habit’.
Achieving ISO 27001 certification clearly demonstrates that the Information Security Management System at Sagittarius meets international best practice and demonstrates to our customers and partners that we handle information securely throughout the business.
The agency accepted that by embracing the implementation process they were actively encouraging their team to delve into internal processes and rather than accepting these as ‘the norm’, firstly making sure they were all documented sufficiently. Then as part of that process, they challenged and questioned each process to pressure test validity and innovate and improve where necessary. BSI then rigorously audited Sagittarius’ policies, processes, and approach to data security. Through the audit stages, BSI shared opportunities for improvement and have helped refine the Sagittarius InfoSec roadmap.
Data is the most valuable asset any business can have and to achieve peak performance through a truly connected strategy and digital experience it’s imperative that data and information is shared with the agency partner. Trust plays a pivotal role and assurances of confidentiality can only be achieved through an ISO 27001 accredited organisation.
Initiatives like the GDPR have raised the bar on compliance and the associated fines for having gaps in governance leading to breaches are significant. At Sagittarius we operate a single source of truth using tools and systems such as Confluence and Jira to provide documentation quickly and accurately and this was complimented by the auditors.
Nick goes on to say “We are delighted to create even more value for our clients and prioritise the things that matter to them and their customers. This ISO 27001 certification bolsters our class leading NPS score of 85 adding deeper quality to our services. It sets us apart from other agencies when brands are looking for a partner with deeper credentials. We wanted to take the next step and ensure that Information Security became baked into everyday processes and the way we function as a business. We set an ambitious timeline of achieving the ISO 27001 certification and to meet the highest possible standards through independent auditing and we’ve nailed it. We pride ourselves on ensuring the data of our clients, team and partners are handled in the most responsible manner.”
Gigi Robinson, Regional Product Manager – Information Security & Business Continuity, said: "Protecting information is becoming increasingly difficult for organizations. Achieving ISO 27001 demonstrates Sagittarius' commitment and proactive approach in ensuring their information management processes are robust, secure and resilient for the future. We are thrilled to have supported Sagittarius in achieving this certification which demonstrates to customers and suppliers an ability to handle information securely."
ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized best practice framework for an information security management system (ISMS). Sagittarius has designed a set of adequate and proportionate security controls within the ISMS to help protect our internal and our clients’ information against cyber-attacks. We have used the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the NIS Regulation as part of our framework.
Naomi joined Sagittarius in January 2021 to deliver exceptional external brand experiences, engaging internal communications and to assist with the driving of sales and the developing of relationships with key strategic suppliers.