VMware vExpert 2012 applications are now open

VMware opened the application for vExpert 2012. The annual VMware vExpert title is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the community of VMware users over the past year. The title is awarded to individuals (not employers) for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion for VMware technology above and beyond their job requirements.

In 2011 around 2000 people filled in the application form to become a vExpert. Around 300+ persons received the designation.

At Partner Exchange 2012 in Las Vegas VMware placed the sign shown below as a way to say thank you to the vExperts!

This year, VMware  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.

More information on vExpert and the application form can be found here.

What is the VMware vExpert designation?

The VMware vExpert is an annual designation for people who have given back to the community of VMware users by sharing their technical expertise and evangelizing to others about VMware virtualization solutions.

 How can I qualify for the vExpert designation?

Candidates qualify by being active and sharing their technical knowledge and experiences using VMware technology with others. This could be online — answering questions on the VMware Communities, running a blog — or it could be offline, for example by helping organize or speaking at VMware User Groups or other events.

 How long does the designation last?
Designation recipients can call themselves VMware vExperts and use the vExpert logo for one year. The recipients may receive the designation in following years, but renewal is not automatic. Renewal is based on contributions to the community and evangelism over the preceding year.

 Who is eligible be a vExpert?
vExpert designation recipients must be at least 18 years old. vExperts can be employees of customers or partners, or even users of our free software. The vExpert title is given to individuals, not companies. As of 2012, VMware employees are also eligible.

 Who determines the title recipients?
Applications will be open from 15 February 2012 through 15 March 2012. A committee of VMware employees will determine the qualified applicants based on their contributions in the previous calendar year.

 What do vExpert title recipients receive?
The biggest benefit of the vExpert title is the public recognition as a VMware vExpert. Benefits also include:

  • Award certificate and gift
  • vExpert logo to display on website or email signature
  • Access to a private vExpert community
  • Free subscription to conference session materials on VMworld.com
  • Access to exclusive online events and other opportunities to participate in activities
  • Inclusion in public vExpert directory

 Do vExperts represent VMware? Do they have any obligations?

No, vExperts do not represent VMware. vExperts do not have any further obligations; the title is based on their contribution over the past year.

 Is there a vExpert event?
There will be a gathering for vExperts at VMworld, as well as other exclusive events both on- and offline.

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