This morning, VMware announced that they have selected the recipients of the 2012 vExpert award. This was also a year in which VMware made major changes to the program. Although every person selected carries the same vExpert title, there were three paths that could lead a nominee to the title this year, including:
- 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.
- 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.
Note that the vExpert award is an individual award, not a company award. I’m very pleased to say that, for the first time, I was selected for the 2012 vExpert list, due in large part to my work here at VirtualizationAdmin.com. The best part for me about this award is that I’ll gain access to software licenses that will let me expand my knowledge of VMware in the coming year and share it with you.