I have been granted the vExpert award for 2023!

This award is a recognition for my contributions to the VMware Community.

A little over a month ago, I was triggered by a VMware blog by cromero. Even though I recently started blogging, and this was the second -2023H2- application period, I was not sure this would be the best timing. Probably because of uncertainty and the unknown 😉

Moreover, this feeling was strengthened, amplified, since I know quite some vExperts myself. Mostly because of my current employment and my own network.

During my introduction at my current employer I spoke with my colleague and vExpert Pro about starting contributing to the community. At first I thought about social activities for the community, e.g. vBeers and vBBQ, but soon I decided to start blogging; a relatively easy way to get started… Which I did from that moment on!

In order to apply for this recognition, I used the Best Practice Guide at the vExpert page. After applying for the vExpert award, the current vExport Pro community members judge the applications. I must admit I was surprise I was granted the vExpert Award for 2o23… And I will definitely make sure I keep on contributing 🙂

What does it mean to be a vExpert?

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. vExpert make up a global community of a little over 1500 professionals (as of July 25th) across multiple countries/regions who are driven by their passion, community spirit, and the quest for knowledge. I am one of 98 Dutch vExperts, which means you can find me in the vExpert Directory as well.

If you become VMware vExpert, it opens the door for many opportunities, and it will also help you to connect with other vExperts around the world. The main benefits of becoming VMware vExpert are:

  • Network with over 1500 other vExperts
  • Licenses, this is a big plus for many. As a vExpert you get 1 year licenses for most of VMware’s products for use in your lab environment
  • Opportunity to apply for 10 Official VMware Business Unit lead vExpert sub programs: Application Modernization, Avi, Cloud Management, Cloud Provider, EUC, Multi-Cloud, NSX, Security and Pro
  • Invite to the private vExpert #Slack channel
  • vExpert-certificate by our VMware CEO
  • Permission to use the vExpert logo on cards, website, etc. for one year
  • Exclusive gifts from various VMware partners
  • Private webinars with VMware partners as well as NFRs
  • Access to private betas (subject to admission by beta teams)
  • 365-day eval licenses for most products for home lab / cloud providers
  • Private pre-launch briefings via our blogger briefing pre-VMworld (subject to admission by product teams)
  • Featured in a public vExpert online directory
  • Access to vetted VMware & Virtualization content for your social channels
  • Yearly vExpert parties at both VMworld US and VMworld Europe events
  • Identification as a vExpert at both VMworld US and VMworld EU

What are you waiting for?