2nd half applications for vEXPERT 2020 are open

I have had the honour of being a vExpert since its inception,  I currently have the honour of being a member of three sub-programs:

  • Cloud Provider
  • NSX
  • vEXPERT-PRO

This post is to let all my readers that the second half 2020 applications are now open. As a vExpertPro I will be one of those that vote applications.

So what is the vEXPERT program?

The VMware vExpert program is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. The program was designed to put VMware’s marketing resources towards your advocacy efforts. As a honouree you have access to corporate promotion of your articles via the Adovacy.vmware.com site, exposure at their global events, co-op advertising, traffic analysis, and early access to beta programs and VMware’s roadmap.  There are many benefits of having membership of the program and some are outlined below.

What are the benefits for being a vExpert?

  • Networking with 2,000 vExperts / Information Sharing
  • Knowledge Expansion on VMware & Partner Technology
  • Opportunity to apply for vExpert BU Lead Subprograms
  • Possible Job Opportunities
  • Direct Access to VMware Business Units via Subprograms
  • Blog Traffic Boost through Advocacy, @vExpert, @VMware, VMware Launch & Announcement Campaigns
  • 1 Year VMware Licenses for Home Labs for almost all Products & Some Partner Products
  • Private VMware & VMware Partner Sessions
  • Gifts from VMware and VMware Partners
  • vExpert Celebration Parties at both VMworld US and VMworld Europe with VMware CEO, Pat Gelsinger
  • VMware Advocacy Platform Invite (share your content to thousands of vExperts & VMware employees who amplify your content via their social channels)
  • Private Slack Channels for vExpert and the BU Lead Subprograms

For those that are thinking of applying; I will say do. However, please take a look at what is below; this is not TLDR:  but it is valuable as it contains information into what we are looking for in an application.

I wrote this post to give a few pointers as to what a Good Application should look like, which will hopefully enable your application to rise to the top of the cream.

Firstly there are four, but in reality three tracks that you can apply for VEXPERT Status: Source

Evangelist Path
This Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and any IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others.  One thing to note is that if your activities are not in the public domain, ie you are an internal evangelist for your company, It is recommended that a reference from a VMware Employee in support of your application.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders who evangelize VMware. VMware are looking for passionate customers who do the work to evangelize within their organization or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. This point is important, the actives must not be related to your position within the company, or in other words you should not being paid for evangelizing VMware. Again a VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

Partner Path
The VMware Partner Network (VPN) Path is for employees of VMware partner companies who lead with passion and by example, who are committed to continuous learning through accreditations and certifications and to making their technical knowledge and expertise available to many. This can take shape of event participation, video, IP generation, as well as public speaking engagements.  This is the most challenging track as it is the most difficult to draw the line between what is just your day-job and what is above and beyond. This is the only track where a VMware Employee reference is a requirement.

VMUG & VCDX
If you are an VCDX or an active VMUG Leader you will qualify for the vExpert award.

It must be noted that the chapter you are claiming leadership off must be active and that you as the VMUG leader must be actively involved in the organization of any and all events.  VMUG status and any activities you are claiming are verified by the voting team. 

Inactive VMUG leaders will not qualify for the award.

All VCDX applicants will be verified via vcdx.vmware.com.

If you are applying via VMUG or VCDX, you should use the evangelist path and state you are a VCDX or VMUG leader and which chapter.

So how should your application look?

The largest number of people who apply for vExpert utilize the Evangelist path and these guidelines are tailored to an Evangelist application but are valid for the other tracks as well

  • Make sure that your content is about VMware. It does not have to be exclusively about VMware but if you are writing most of the time about Veeam, Microsoft or another vendor, then the chances are high that you will not be selected as a vExpert. At least 50% of your content should be about VMware or have a VMware Bias,  I for example write a lot about HashiCorp’s technologies, but about their use and interaction with VMware technologies.
  • Be honest in your vExpert application, The invigilators are also looking at your content as provided in the application and they WILL check the VCDX directory if you have applied for the VCDX path. If you have chosen the wrong path because you are for example not a VCDX it’s up to the invigilator and the power of your remaining content as to whether you get approved.
  • Don’t use a syndicate blog in your application. This is not original content, if you are a team of creators then only highlight your content.  Any content that is not your copywrite is not yours to claim and therefore will not be given any credit.
  • If you are a member of VMTN please provide the correct VMTN username. You can find your VMTN username if you login to VMTN and select “View my profile”. This will create an URL similar to this one https://communities.vmware.com/people/TomHowarth; your user name is the last section

One point to note: only enter your VMTN username if you actually help people on the community. If you are just a lurker and your only post is from 2006, do not bother as there will be no credit for that.

  • If you are adding speaking to your application,  for example (VMworld, VMUG, etc.), please provide the necessary links, agenda, etc. no evidence no credit, in the words of your high school teachers for full marks show your workings.
  • Another thing to note is that the first half vExpert applications take into account content from January to December, whereas second half vExpert applications will concentrate on July to June timelines ie July 2019 through June 2020.  Keep this in mind when you are providing content links.
  • If you are a blogger, please date your posts in whatever way suits you. But provide links.  If the invigilators can’t verify that the content is from the required time period; again no credit.
  • If you are a VMUG leader please provide the public link to your VMUG profile that will show a Leader badge. This will save time for the voters who doesn’t need to search for it.
  • This should go without saying:  Please only mention content or activities which were created or done outside of your daily job business.

Hopefully, you find these pointers will help those who apply for the vExpert program, the pointers are as valid for 1st or 2nd application and for those that people who have been denied in their first try.

Also if you need help for preparing your application, or even general advice about the programme you can always reach out to a vExpert Pro, these can be found vExpert Directory. If there is no vExpert Pro in your country or region you are welcome to contact me or any other Pros in the directory. I think I can say that everyone of them will be more than happy to help with the application or giving some advice for “how to apply”.

So what are you waiting for apply today

Next Yorkshire VMUG is Locked and loaded.

Join us for the next Yorkshire VMUG meeting taking place on Thursday, 12 June 2014.
Registration is now open and available to all VMUG members. This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

We will be at our usual haunt the Park Plaza Hotel from aproximately 9am.  The address and directions are below:

Park Plaza Hotel
Boar Lane
City Square
Leeds, Yorkshire LS1 5NS
United Kingdom
Click here for directions

What are we doing:

• 9:30 a.m. Registration – Coffee and Tea provided
• 10:00 a.m. Presentation: vSphere Admin – Mike Laverick
• 12:00 p.m. Break For Lunch (Bring your own – We are from Yorkshire so we do like to keep costs down)
• 1:00 p.m. Nimble Presentation: TBD
• 2:00 p.m. Presentation: VMware – Peter von Oven
• 3:00 p.m. Presentation: Capgemini UK – Tom Howarth
• 4:00 p.m. Ask The Experts: Panel consisting of TBD, Mike Laverick, Peter von Oven, & Tom Howarth
• 4:30 p.m. vBeers (Thank You to VMware)

Be sure to share this meeting information with your colleagues.

Visit the Yorkshire VMUG Workspace and subscribe to our listserv! So what are you waiting for connect with your fellow VMUG members in the forum, ask and answer questions about VMware, and get involved in your VMUG community.

For questions, please contact memberservices@vmug.com.

Yorkshire VMUG, a reminder

A quick reminder that the Yorkshire VMUG is open for Registration,  our meeting is on the 30th January at the Park Plaza, Boar Lane, Leeds,

Click the following link to register.

http://www.vmug.com/e/in/eid=1147

Our agenda includes:

  • Morning Workshop: vSphere Administrator Session Presented by Mike Laverick. Space is limited, and you must reserve your place in advance.  Please note in your registration if you plan to attend the morning session.  
  • Afternoon Main Session Featuring the Following Presentations:
    • PernixData Presentation: FVP Technical Overview and Success Case Study
    • VMware Presentation: Technical Overview of vCenter Operations Manager – Matthew Steiner
    • Veeam Presentation: Backup and Replication Technical Overview
    • Ask the Experts: All Expert Panel, Featuring Mike Laverick, Matthew Steiner and Tom Howarth (More TBC.)
  • Prize Giveaways

and finally join us in the hotel bar following the meeting for more networking and refreshments!

Welcome in the New Year with a trip to Leeds

Mark the following date into your diary if you are based in the Yorkshire area, (we will always accept people from there areas too)

The Yorkshire VMUG is open for Registration,  our meeting is on the 30th January at the Park Plaza, Boar Lane, Leeds,

Click the following link to register.

http://www.vmug.com/e/in/eid=1147

Our agenda includes:

  • Morning Workshop: vSphere Administrator Session Presented by Mike Laverick. Space is limited, and you must reserve your place in advance.  Please note in your registration if you plan to attend the morning session.  
  • Afternoon Main Session Featuring the Following Presentations:
    • PernixData Presentation: FVP Technical Overview and Success Case Study
    • VMware Presentation: Technical Overview of vCenter Operations Manager – Matthew Steiner
    • Veeam Presentation: Backup and Replication Technical Overview
    • Ask the Experts: All Expert Panel, Featuring Mike Laverick, Matthew Steiner and Tom Howarth (More TBC.)
  • Prize Giveaways

and finally join us in the hotel bar following the meeting for more networking and refreshments! 

I am to be a leader of the Yorkshire VMUG

I have recently been asked to become a joint leader  for the Yorkshire VMUG, and I am happy to say that I was both honoured and proud to be asked, and without any hesitation accepted their offer.

I have finished my VMUG Leader training and have now been officially accepted into the august ranks of VMUG Leadership.

Myself and my Co-Leaders are currently planning to restart the stalled engine of the Yorkshire VMUG with a meeting in mid to late January 2014.  keep your eyes pealed both here and on Twitter for more information as to the when, where and who

The Second UKVMUG is locked and loaded

After a very successful first United Kingdom VMUG, I was sure that I heard more than one of the organizers crying in a corner and mumbling “Never Again”, but as they say never say never as here it is the second UK wide VMUG is locked and loaded for the 15th November in Solihul, Where!! I here you people who have never been north of Watford shout,  it is near Birmigham,  that is West Midlands not Alabama.

You can Register for the event Here. However, the organizers have issued a call for papers, so if you have an interesting virtualization or cloud based story about your environment please register your interest here, that is unless you really want to hear all about the vTardis again.

If you have never been to a VMUG I urge you to try to attend this one as your first,

The Great Northern VMUG

It is that time again, when the virtualisation peeps of the North gather in flocks in that not so great metropolis of Leeds for the Northern VMUG.  Thanks should go to Brendan and his team of happy helpers again for the effort that is put into organising the event.

This is going to be a mother of VMUGs spanning two days.  That said it is not a two day VMUG event, but there is a vBeers the night before and a special negotiated rate on the hotel.

the actual event is on the 17th April at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Leeds.

To register click the link below, and I hope to see you all there,

Register Here

To register for vBeers the evening before click here

 

London VMUG 26th January 2012

Well it only seems yesterday that we were all sat in the Motor-Cycle Museum at the first National UK VMUG. But here we are with the next London one just around the corner.

The location is the same as always, 33 Queen St at the London Chamber of Commerce and as usual they have a decent set of Vendors to display their wears and speakers both commercial and VMUG Member based.

If you have never been to the London VMUG I would highly recommend it,  you can often meet such Virtualisation illuminati like Alan Renouf (www.virtu-al.net), Simon Seagrave (www.techhead.co.uk) and occasionally we get real royalty like Duncan Epping and Massimo Re Ferre  

Full Details of the Meeting can be found here, where you can also Sign up and register.  Seriously folks if you have never been to a VMUG attend, it is worth it.  You get to listen to fellow folk who have shared your pains, or even already solved your issues.  and finally do not forget the After party in the Pavilion End pub.

The Next Northern VMUG is the 11th October

The Next VMUG is here!

Following on from the successful April VMUG, the VMUG Steering group have announced that the next event the Northern’s 5th event (wow doesn’t time fly when you are enjoying yourself) will be held on Tuesday Oct 11th and it is going to be in an even larger venue:

The Mint Hotel in Leeds.

Full details including  details of Speakers, sponsors and the line-up are on their new website www.vmug.org.uk.

One thing that is different is that apparently at the last event, people asked that “Other Virtualisation” vendors to be invited so as to give visibility of their products and it seems that Citrix are going to attend together with both Microsoft & VMware, amongst others too.

Now even more worrying 😉 is that they have invited the UK Citrix user group joining them and they have accepted :O

So register your place today!  Ding Ding Seconds out 😀