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.
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.
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.