Still Time to Apply for vExpert 2015


If you haven not done so already there is still time to apply for vExpert 2015. If you read Corey’s post here 

vExpert

Details

 Deadline- December 12th 2014 Midnight PST

Announcement on selectionFebruary 5th 2015 (subject to change)

From VMware Post

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.

Each year, we bring together in the vExpert Program the people who have made some of the most important contributions to the VMware community. These are the bloggers, book authors, VMUG leaders, speakers, tool builders, community leaders and general enthusiasts. They work as IT admins and architects for VMware customers, they act as trusted advisors and implementors for VMware partners or as independent consultants, and some work for VMware itself. All of them have the passion and enthusiasm for technology and applying technology to solve problems. They have contributed to the success of us all by sharing their knowledge and expertise over their days, nights, and weekends.

vExperts who participate in the program have access to private betas, free licenses, early access briefings, exclusive events, free access to VMworld conference materials online, exclusive vExpert parties at VMworld and other opportunities to interact with VMware product teams. They also get access to a private community and networking opportunities.

2015 vExpert Voting Periods
This year we will have two voting periods for the vExpert program. This first period and then  second voting period in Q2.

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, and other IT professionals who share their knowledge and passion with others with the leverage of a personal public platform to reach many people. Employees of VMware can also apply via the Evangelist path. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

VPN (VMware Partner Network) Path
The VPN Path is for employees of our 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. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.

Apply for vExpert 2015

Questions & Updates

For questions about the application process or the vExpert Program, please send email to  vexpert@vmware.com. Be sure to follow @vExpert for updates on the 2015 vExpert program.

Thank you to all who have participated in years past,
Corey Romero & the vExpert Team

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Changes

There have been a couple changes to the 2015 selection process where they are only voting for selection into the program two times, in Q1 and Q2. This is a change from last year where they had it rolling through every quarter. I still feel it should be selected once in the beginning of the year.

The second I noticed is in the application as you can see in Fig 1, they have the options of selecting specific areas of VMware. I’m not sure I understand why and if they are going to be designating you by the area you select in the future.

vExpert changes

Fig 1. Addition to vExpert Application

Nerd’s Blurt

I love the vExpert program and have been gracious enough to have been selected the last 3 years. Hopefully it will continue on to another year.  So what are you waiting for click through and apply!