Recently the vExpert application opened and I encourage all VMUG members to consider applying. If you are unfamiliar with the program, let me give you an overview.
The vExpert program has been around for over a decade and is VMware’s global evangelism and advocacy program. They accept applications twice a year, so this opportunity is only available for a limited time.
The application is straight forward, but here are some tips for you to get started.
First, applicants must pick a qualification path. This can be customer, partner, evangelist, or VCDX. The customer and partners are self-explanatory. The evangelist is someone who is excited about VMware products and evangelizes their benefits and solutions. The VCDX route is for those who have that certification.
One thing I like about vExpert program is your application is based on you. Not your company, company spend, certifications, or deployments. Some of these should be mentioned when filling out the application, but it isn’t required.
Next, you have 4 sections to complete your qualifying activities: content creation, events and speaking, online communities, VMware programs, and other activities.
And finally, here are my pro tips:
Once you have done this and are in the program, encourage others to apply. I am in the program because Ravi Venkatasubbaiah encouraged me to apply. It was not something I considered, even though I was familiar with the program. I am so grateful he suggested I do this. It has been rewarding and I’m thankful to be part of the program and part of a community of vExperts that span the globe.
See you at a VMUG!
Brad (Connect with me on Twitter: @BradTompkins_)