Apr 042014
 

Naïve would be a massive understatement if I were try and inform the community that the 2014 VMware vExpert announcement has been made. But I wanted to share a few thoughts and thank a few peeps.

After some confusion (an initial rejection email) I was listed on the vExpert list. After initially having vExpert in 2011 & 12 I lost out in 2013 but im delighted to be involved again.

Some 754 vExperts made the cut this year which is a fairly big number. This prompted the inevitable “well who didn’t didnt get vExpert” comments. I can understand where that perspective comes from, but for me its great recognition for all the peeps that take time out of their day to day lives to try and get involved in what is growing and highly social community. If the criteria was narrowed to a much higher level of scrutiny then this would alienate people and only allow a small % of people to get access to the benefits that the vExpert program brings. If that means the vExpert club is it not as “exclusive” then im happy with that. There are plenty of ways to elevate your self profile if you make the effort and are good enough.

But as I mentioned above I know first hand that rejection emails were sent out. So not everyone who applied got into the program so those 754 are well deserved in my opinion.

Jeramiah Dooley (https://twitter.com/jdooley_clt) will be doing some interesting stats on the numbers over the years which he said he will post at some point.

A massive thanks to the VMware social media team and in particular Cory Romero who personally sorted the rejection error within minutes of me emailing him. And ofcourse a huge congrats to the new and returning vExperts.

p.s. There is also a slightly different aspect of the program this year in that there are quarterly applications. Q2 applications are already open, so if you have done some VMUG presos or managed to really tick some of those community spirited tasks then why not apply?

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Sep 242013
 

Its fair to say its been a while since I have posed anything on my blog.

As im sure many of you will know, sometimes real life gets in the way of these types of pursuits. As a result I was not awarded vExpert 2013 Sad smile

However, this will be changing!! I have decided to make time and get back into the community as much as I can. VMUGs are an awesome way of not only gaining some useful information but are a great incentive to be active in the community, and you meet some cool peeps.

On the 3rd of October I will be speaking at the North East VMUG for the first time. As I have been revising for some certs recently I thought VMware certification would be a good topic to cover.

VMware certification has come along way since I first became a VCP (way back in 2008 now,im getting old) and with the latest announcements around the new Associate qualifications there is a wealth of levels you can now cover.

As im pursuing my VCDX currently (fairly early in the process) I thought it might also be fun to have a little interactive session with the audience, a mini defense task perhaps. The person I think did best job will get a copy of John Arrasjids (and others) VCDX Boot Camp book.

As you can see the line up is awesome (well, ignoring me obviously), so im sure it will time well spent.

  • Joe Baguley, VMware – Keynote
  • David Owen – Training & Certification
  • Andrew Wood, Atlantis Computing – Delivering on the VDI Reality
  • Dan Watson, VMware – NSX
  • vBeers: We will adjourn at 5pm and reconvene at The Bridge Hotel for vBeers and a buffet courtesy of SITS Group

If you are North East based and can make the 3rd please do come along.

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Feb 162012
 

Well the vExpert 2011 is coming to an end and the 2012 application process is about to get under way. There was a delay in the award of the 2011 vExperts so I still feel fresh to the whole program so it seems a little odd that the applications have come around again so soon, although it makes total sense its done now and not drawn out into mid 2012.

2012 sees the program chance a little:

This year, we have created three different paths to becoming a vExpert, yet as in the years prior, there will remain a single vExpert designation. As always, the common theme for the established and the new vExpert paths will be going above and beyond your day job to help others be successful with VMware solutions.

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 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.

With the program growing, our goal still remains the same: to honour individuals who go above and beyond their everyday job requirements to share their technical knowledge and expertise with others; to help enable these individuals to make an even greater impact in the world; and to keep a high standard of vExpert recipients.

For me personally I have been pretty active in the community since my vExpert. I did my first chinwag with Mike Laverick and will be attending my first TechFeildDay for Virtualisation over in San Jose next week. Along with the usual Blogging, twitter, VMUGS (when i can) etc. Fingers crossed I can be involved in the 2012 program also.

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Sep 302011
 

The VMware VMTM blog had been running a series of vExpert spotlight posts doing a quick bio of this years vExperts and how & why they got into virtualisation and the community.

Today this spotlight is on me.

If you want to know a little more about me and how I got to where I am today then check out this VMTN Blog post

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Jul 032011
 

After a little bit of teasing from the vExpert team, I was included in the 2nd batch of emails informing me of my acceptance into the VMware vExpert 2011 program.

We’re pleased to designate you as a vExpert 2011 as recognition of your contributions to the VMware, virtualization, and cloud computing communities. You’ve done work above and beyond, and we’re delighted to communicate more closely, to share resources, and to offer other opportunities for greater interaction throughout the year as we continue to grow knowledge and success in the community of IT professionals. Welcome to the vExpert 2011 Program!

Its a great feeling to be included in this elite group and I plan to work hard to maintain and increase my involvement in the Virtualisation community.

Id just like to thank the people that nominated me (http://vmackem.co.uk/?p=530) along with John Troyer and the vExpert panel.

Its also great so see so many guys from the London VMUG getting recognised, allot of people made a huge effort this year and its well deserved.

What is a vExpert? http://www.vmware.com/communities/vexpert/faq.html

Some good lists to follow if you want to see what other vExperts are up to:

http://twitter.com/#!/maishsk/vmware-vexpert-2011

http://twitter.com/#!/GreggRobertson5/vmware-vexperts-2011

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Apr 122011
 

Its that time of year again and the vExpert applications and nomination forms are out for all to see. The vExpert covers the activities over 2010.

http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2011/04/vmware-vexpert-2011-applications-now-open.html

This year it would be great to see more guys from the UK get this accreditation. I think that the amount of people participating in the UK virtualisation communities and going above and beyond there job role has now hit a new high over in the UK in 2010 and its time that is recognised.

If you feel that 2010 was a great year for yourself and you gave more than is generally expected to the virtualisation communities then put yourself forward. They need you to fill in an information form about yourself so that VMware can judge you worthy or not.

You can also nominate people for the award. While I don’t think the amount of nominations for one person will make a difference the content will, so be sure to give good reasons why you want that person the be a vExpert.

On that note………..

Please feel free to nominate myself. Winking smile

Personally it has been a great year for me regarding my contributions to the communities and I feel I have contributed significantly in 2010 with podcasts, videos, whitepapers, blogging, reviews etc. I aim to do better in 2011 but it would be amazing if you put my name forward with a nomination for 2010.

http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/vexpert-2011-nomination-form.html

(email: david.owen@golddustcontracting.co.uk)

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