So you wanna be a vExpert?

vmw_logo_vmware-expertIf you do, between now and April 15th is the time to do so…well, actually all of 2012 is the time to do so, but you have until the 15th to apply…

The ringleader himself Mr. John Mark Troyer has opened the floodgates in a blog post released last week stating that vExpert 2013 applications are now open.  If you feel that you qualify then I would most certainly apply.  Last year was my first year as a vExpert and honestly it’s a great experience!  Sure you get some licenses and some beta opportunities, you get a private forum with the rest of the awesome vExpert minds, but really, the best part of it all is receiving a little credit and appreciation for all that you have done throughout the year.  Honestly, I would do it with or without the vExpert program, but it’s certainly nice to have that title.

Again this year there are three different paths you can take (listed below).

Evangelist Path
The Evangelist Path includes book authors, bloggers, tool builders, public speakers, VMTN contributors, 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. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public or were in a language other than English.

Customer Path
The Customer Path is for leaders from VMware customer organizations. They have been internal champions in their organizations, or worked with VMware to build success stories, act as customer references, given public interviews, spoken at conferences, or were VMUG leaders. A VMware employee reference is recommended if your activities weren’t all in public.

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 through accreditations and certifications 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. A VMware employee reference is required for VPN Path candidates.

So if you feel that you qualify in any sort of way be sure to get your application in.  You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take ;)  Application form is here!!!