vExpert 2016

I’ve worn my thesaurus out looking for synonyms of “astounded”, “honoured”, and “proud” for this post, but let’s just say I’m “very happy” find myself amongst the latest 123 individuals to have been awarded the VMware vExpert title following the announcement at the end of last week. Thank you to the VMware community team for this recognition.

What is it?

If you’re new to the VMware community, vExpert is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program and the award is given for “significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share .. expertise with others” rather than being a traditional technical certification like the VCA/ VCP/ VCAP/ VCDX etc. Announcements are made twice annually and the award is valid for one year.

What next?

From me, expect more of the same- but hopefully bigger. One of the advantages of the vExpert program is it plugs recipients into non-production software licensing deals, betas, and new sources of information- both from VMware themselves but also through the surrounding partner ecosystem. I’m hoping to make best use of all of those resources to continue to learn and thus improve this blog, my tweets, and hopefully produce some more videos and in-person talks in the community.