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vExpert 2012 – so what next?

April 16th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments
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I’m chuffed to say VMware have awarded me vExpert status for 2012 (although it’s for my contribution to the virtualization community in 2011). In a similar fashion to Microsoft’s MVP this is awarded to people who have helped the VMware community through forums, blogs, conferences, podcasts etc but is NOT a certification based on technical ability. This is where VMware’s program differs from the MVP which also counts significant technical expertise as part of the selection criteria. I was included in the Evangelist path as a blogger and yes I know there’s an official vExpert logo but this one suits my mood better right now. I’m a vExperienced vExpert!

When I started my blog nearly two years ago I expected to be an occasional poster as I’m more of a lurker by nature but I’ve found it to be an addictive pastime.There are 436 vExpert’s worldwide this year (compared to over 4000 MVPs) and the vExpert directory (not yet updated for 2012) includes a brief description of everyone and their background.

I find that having someone say ‘thanks’, which is what I consider the vExpert to be, is disproportionately rewarding. I put a lot of effort into my certification last year (VCAP, RHCSA etc) but value the vExpert recognition more highly. I hope it rounds out my CV – when graduating from college employers were looking for ‘value added’ activities – team sports, running a club etc and this is how I view the vExpert.

One potential downside to the vExpert award could be perception – I suspect it’s all too easy for people to perceive vExpert’s as VMware ‘fanboi”s who simply tow the corporate line and are not objective about the technology. We’ve all encountered the open source zealot and the Apple enthusiast and it’s tempting to ignore advice for fear it’s one sided. It’s important to realise that the vExpert is a two way street between ourselves and VMware – let’s hope we do our job as Geek Herders!

So if this award is for last year, what will I do this coming year? I’m glad you asked! I’m planning to continue and hopefully increase my participation in the virtualization community;

  • Regular blogposts on www.vExperienced.co.uk
  • Update my VCAP-DCA guide to cover v5 of the exam
  • Attend and report from VMworld Europe in Barcelona
  • Attend vBeers and VMUG groups
  • Contribute to online forums (the VMTN communities) and social networks – mainly Twitter (and Google+ if I can work out its value!)
  • I’m planning to cover vSphere Orchestrator, vCloud Director and maybe some Hyper-V action later in the year along with the usual smattering of Netapp and alternative storage technologies.

If there’s anything you’d like me to cover, get in touch!

  1. April 16th, 2012 at 10:59 | #1

    Congratulations, Ed very well deserved!

    It’s great that there are so many people who feel passionate enough about technology to share their knowledge for the benefit of all.

    Keep it up!

    • April 16th, 2012 at 12:26 | #2

      Thanks Julian, it’s definitely good news. Congrats to you too – absolutely no doubt you’d keep your vExpert status this year, you must the most prolific LonVMUG presenter by now!

  2. April 17th, 2012 at 14:12 | #3

    Congrats Ed, good to have another #LonVMUGger on board :)

  3. _NickEvans_
    April 20th, 2012 at 11:12 | #5

    Great news Ed. Well deserved, your DCA study guide was excellent!

    • April 20th, 2012 at 12:05 | #6

      Thanks Nick. Of course now I have to update that beast as well as study myself – yikes!

  4. April 23rd, 2012 at 20:24 | #7

    Nice work, gratulations on the award.

    • April 24th, 2012 at 09:55 | #8

      Thanks Rickard, and congratulations to you too – another vExpert! It’s a good group to be part of, I’m looking forward to an interesting year.

  5. April 29th, 2012 at 18:21 | #9

    My congratulations, Ed. You have deserved it 200%.

    So glad to be in the same list with you and to present the 1% enthusiast crowd :)

  6. Rajesh
    May 25th, 2012 at 13:44 | #11

    Congrats on your award…

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