vExpert applications for the 2017 program are now open!

vExpert

I have been a proud member of the vExpert program for the last 3 years and I hope to prolong my membership for 2017. As a vExpert you get invites to special Webex meetings by VMware and 3rd parties, you’re entitled to swag at VMworld (always nice) and in general it is a recognition for all the free publicity you have been generating for VMware, virtualization, euc and cloud computing.

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. Read the announcement & apply at http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2016/11/vexpert-2017-applications-are-now-open.html

Criteria

If you are interested in becoming a vExpert the criteria is simple. Th eprogram, led by Corey Romero, is looking for IT Professionals who are sharing their VMware knowledge and contributing that back to the community. They see the term “giving back” as defined as going above and beyond your day job. There are several ways to share your knowledge and engage with the community. Some of those activities are blogging, book authoring, magazine articles, CloudCred task writing, active in facebook groups, forum (VMTN as well as other non VMware) platforms, public speaking, VMUG leadership, videos and so on.Read the announcement & apply at http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2016/11/vexpert-2017-applications-are-now-open.html

How to apply for vExpert

The process to apply is easy, twice per calendar year VMware opens applications for a period of 30 days. Once the 30 days are over VMware closes the applications and move into voting mode which takes 45 to 60 days. Applications open for each calendar year are opened in November and results are announced in early February. VMware opens applications again which they refer to 2nd half applications in June with an August announcement. Every vExpert, VCDX as well as any new applicants must apply at least once per year. Read the announcement & apply at http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2016/11/vexpert-2017-applications-are-now-open.html

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About etqui

My name is Eelco de Boer and I work for DellEMC VCE as a Solutions Architect Virtualisation. I am interested in design (both high level and technical), product/solution management and helping customers solve their pains. I like to take a broader look and approach and prefer to look at a problem from several angles. My experience focuses mainly on solutions based on VMware technologies and software. I am a VMware Certified Professional, VMware Certified Advanced Professional Data Center Design, vExpert 2014, 2015 and 2016. This blog represents my own opinion and views.

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