VMware vExpert 2012 nominations are open

3rd March 2012 0 By Simon

It’s that time of the year where applications for the vExpert 2012 designation are open.

The annual VMware vExpert title is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the community of VMware users over the past calendar year. The title is awarded to individuals (not employers of VMware) for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion for VMware technology above and beyond their job requirements. The program invited the most active VMware users \ bloggers to become vExperts and help spread knowledge and expertise about VMware technology.

This year however there is a change to how you become a vExpert, VMware have now provided three paths to gaining the vExpert although there is still only a single vExpert designation (so no vExpert EP, CP or VPN).

  • Evangelist Path – The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, 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 now also apply via the Evangelist path.

  • Customer Path – The Customer Path is for internal evangelists and community leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have contributed to success stories, customer references, or public interviews and talks, or were active community contributors, such as VMUG leaders.

  • 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 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

VMware vExpert Benefits include:

  • Public recognition of the vExpert award with a certificate, gift, permission to display a logo, and inclusion in any public vExpert listing

  • Access to a private vExpert community of your peers

  • Free subscription to conference session materials on VMworld.com

  • Access to exclusive events, beta programs, software licenses, and other exclusive opportunities to participate in activities with VMware. vExperts do not represent VMware and are not required to participate in any activities

Use the vExpert 2012 form to submit your application, and the invitation form to encourage your peers to apply.