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

The Importance of People Like John Troyer

 Many companies employ people to run their social media, but very few employ technically competent, truly community focused individuals. I had been following John Troyer for a while on Twitter and then had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife (@dailykat) at the VMworld 2010 Tweet Up. It was great to finally put a face to a name and since then I’ve continued to be impressed with John’s ability to be professional and have fun in his role.

John continues to amaze me in his ability, not to only represent his company, but also to know the many individuals he is connected to and embrace them for their contribution to the community also. I am never certain if John is up late or early, as he seems to be permanently on Twitter and the community forums, responding to discussions around the world. His role is not an easy one, I’m sure, but he deals with issues with integrity and also takes the time to listen to the community. And whilst he represents his company he is a huge ambassador for SoMe in the universal sense of the word.

John is a huge asset to VMware (as I’ve blogged about before) and he should be proud of the work he conducts at VMware and continues as a shining light in the virtualization industry of what SoMe and community is all about.

Happy Birthday John, and continue raising the bar in the virtual world!

Thanks for the vExpert 2011 award

It’s a bit hard to believe, but this year I was honored to receive the vExpert award again.

It’s a real privilege and a tremendous honor that John Troyer and his team have even considered adding me to his magic list of VMware vExperts.

For me personally, the reason I’m involved with the community is still mainly because I’m fascinated by the possibilities and opportunities virtualisation presents to us each and every day. Sure I do use virtualisation daily, but I’m not involved because it is my bread and butter, as a software developer using VMware products is about convenience and virtualisation is a tool that helps me getting my work done.

For example if the server outage that I had on saturday night would not have been on a virtual platform then I would not have been able to go to Koh Kret yesterday as I would not have been able to take the right precautions in half an hour on an early sunday morning.

Thanks VMware for making my life easier and thanks for the wonderful vExpert 2011 award.

Congratulations to all the other VMware 2011 vExperts, I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Three out of Four ain’t bad

I think it is awesome that three of the four regular contributors to planetVM are now vEXPERTS. 

Wil van Antwerpen and myself were awarded our third consequetive award for which we are rightly honoured and humbled.  but at last Jane Rimmer has received the recognition that she deserves.  I have been reminded of a conversation I had with her last year when I asked how come she was not a vEXPERT,  for those that do not know her, she can best be described as a human dynamo.  the has been a breath of fresh air to the London VMUG. but I will let here carry on see her thank you post here

The Privilege of being honoured as a vExpert 2011

Having been remiss recently of writing a blog post for the marketing section of planetvm.net, the recent tranche of vExpert announcements has compelled me to write this post!

I am a bit of an anomaly (don’t all agree at once!), in that I am not an uber-geek and more technophobe than technophile – therefore I don’t conform to the usual mould of a vExpert. However, an important part of the selection criteria is “have gone above and beyond their day jobs…..”.  My contribution in this sense is largely my work as a steering committee member for the London VMware User Group.

I had previously been involved in the London VMUG  from a distance, normally providing sponsors for the committee, and when in 2010 Colin Styles resigned from the committee, they voted to elect me as a steering committee member. This in itself was an accolade as my esteemed committee members included Mike Laverick.

Having had the support of Mike, Stuart Thompson and Alaric Davies (fellow committee members) and UG members, such as Tom Howarth, Simon Seagrave, Steve Bruck,  Chris Dearden and many more, meant that they saw the need to have a balance in the UG committee of not just pure technical expertise, but the ability to grow and evolve both the UG and our membership to enhance the already successful London VMUG and take it to the next level.  This is what I believe I’ve been able to achieve and for what I have received the vExpert award for. Whilst not overtly technical I am an evangelist for VMware, virtualization and cloud technologies but more in a business sense than technical.

I am sure there area few people (sometimes myself included!) who might question my eligibility to be designated a vExpert and I am humbled by the accolade, but us VMUG committee members spend a considerable amount of our own time (and money) in promoting the better good of VMware virtualization and cloud solutions due to our belief and passion surrounding not just the technology but the overall community.  John Troyer is a huge asset to VMware (as I’ve blogged about before) and I am grateful to him and the panel of judges for awarding me vExpert 2011 – they and VMware are visionary in their approach to communities and long may it continue.

Honoured and proud to be vEXPERT 2011

It is with a sense of humbleness that I announce my membership of this years tranche of vEXPERTs

I am still stunned to receive this honour, and especially so, as this is the 3rd time I have received it.

I would like to thank John and his team of happy helpers for all the work that they have done, continue to do and will in the future do in support of this program.  We all and I think I can say this without fear of gainsay, truly appreciate what you do for the community.

Finally I would like to offer congratulations to all the other vEXPERTS both new and returning, especially very own Wil van Antwerpen,  and offer my commiserations to those that did not receive their invite this year, 

Virtual Thoughts the rebirth

Like all good remakes this is best served cold. After a hiatus of several months TheVirutalizationPractice are pleased to bring back to life the Virtual Thoughts podcast.

is the Hypervisor being pushed into hardware, why/why not?

So add the time and date into your calendar and join the Analysts of the VirtualizationPractice for an hour of thoughts and maybe even a little bit of insight into the dark arts that is the virtualisation world

That is Tuesday the 29th June 2010 @ 7:00pm (BST)

vEXPERT 2010

VMware vEXPERT

Well the wait is finally over and this years awards have been announced, well most of them. there is a second tranche on Monday due to John and the voting team running out of time.

I am pleased and very honoured to have been awarded the status for the second year. I would like to thank John Troyer and his team of judges for thinking me worthy of a second years status.

I would like to take this opportunity to issue my best wishes and congratulations to all those that retained the award for a second and offer a warm welcome to those who have gained it for the first time this year.

I would also like to offer my commiserations to those of the 2009 intake that have not retained their award.

For those of my readers who are unaware of what the vEXPERT award is for, I am printing an extract from VMware’s site on the subject

The VMware vEXPERT Award is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the community of VMware users over the past year. vEXPERTs are book authors, bloggers, VMUG leaders, tool builders, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others. These vEXPERTs have gone above and beyond their day jobs to share their technical expertise and communicate the value of VMware and virtualization to their colleagues and community.

So by way of closing this short post I would once again, wish to thank John and his team for the honour of being awarded the status for a second year.