I have been playing with VMware off and on since early 2000’s and my first real introduction to the vExperts program came back in 2013 while listening to John Troyer and Cory Romero on the VMware Communities Roundtable podcasts .
In my previous blog #vDM30in30 Day 3 – VBrownBag LATAM I talk about the power of community. The vExpert Community is an outstanding group of global VMware evangelist and advocates. I am very grateful to both Kyle Murley and Brad Christian who encouraged me to throw my name in the hat. So in June 2016 I submitted my application and to my pleasant surprise I got an email from Cory Romero, and lots of friends started congratulating me on hearing of the vExpert 2016 Second Half Announcement in September.
Being selected a vExpert has been a real honor and blessing. I am humbled and proud to be a part of the vExpert Community. These guys are excellent communicators and super evangelist who are very passionate about VMware technology and growing the VMware Community. Mentoring, networking and evangelizing VMware Technology and Solutions is exciting and the vExpert community encourages me to learn and grow daily.
I would encourage anyone to come join this great community if you are passionate about VMware Technology and enjoy evangelizing and being a VMware advocate. The following is an overview excerpt taken from the vExpert Community site.
“The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program is designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. Promotion of your articles, exposure at our global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap. The awards are for individuals, not companies, and last for one year. Employees of both customers and partners can receive the awards. In the application, we consider various community activities from the previous year as well as the current year’s (only for 2nd half applications) activities in determining who gets awards. We look to see that not only were you active but are still active in the path you chose to apply for.”
Also if you do decide you want to become a vExpert, there are some perks listed on the VMware vExpert site as well as the little extras. One of the highlights for me at VMware 2016 was the private vExpert Party. It was exciting and great to meet Pat Gilsinger in person. We had a very nice chat with him and it was a an excellent Q&A session. It was also good to hear his thoughts on VMware today and the bright plans for the future.