vExpert 2020, 2021
I am very proud to be part of the VMware vExpert program. This is the second year that I was accepted into the program. One part of the vExpert program that I think is great is that this recognizes people for sharing their knowledge and “Giving Back”. I have crossed paths with people throughout my career that didn’t like sharing what they know. Afraid that someone may get an “Edge” on them. A person selected into the vExpert programs is the complete opposite. They are someone that likes to share, wants to make themselves and everyone around them smarter. A Team that is smarter is better than a single individual that doesn’t share their knowledge. I would rather have someone on my Team that shares their knowledge and no certifications than someone with a lot of certifications that doesn’t share any knowledge.
In 2020 I did several talks about vRealize Automation and Operations. I spoke at some HVC events, Powerblocks, Under The Hoods, and VMUG. I talked to some organizations one-on-one. I did two podcasts and I write about what I find interesting on this Blog Site.
What is the VMware vExpert Program?
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.
If you are interested in becoming a vExpert the criteria is simple. We are looking for IT Professionals who are sharing their VMware knowledge and contributing that back to the community. The term “giving back” is 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.
I have worked with a great group of people at VMware, past and present. I would like to thank the following people for all their support in no particular order: Steve Leiberson, Karl Hauck, Cosmin Trif, Brock Peterson, Kevin Holland, Daniel Thomas, Marcus Roberts, Paul Schlosser.
Special Thanks to David Kruse for getting me started with vRA.
Special Thanks to some past co-workers, SEs, TAMs, HVC Members that I learned a lot from: Kirk Shaffer, Robert Mitchell, Dan Grove, Steve Holmes, Steve Pittenger, Anton Wesztergom (Opened my eyes to vRA Day 2).
List of Bloggers that I follow and have learned a lot by them “Giving Back”: Cody De Arkland, Luc Dekens, Kyle Ruddy, William Lam, Nathen Bennett, Vince Wood, Alan Renouf.
Special Thanks to the person that gave me my first Job in IT: David Cornelius
and anyone else that helped me in my journey called my career…
I have learned a lot from the vCommunity. I want to use this blog as a way for me to “give back”. If one person finds anything I post helpful I will consider my efforts successful. I am always open to talking to any person, group or organization about what I do with VMware products. Please reach out to me if you ever want to have a discussion.
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