Yesterday, VMware announced this years awardees with the prestigious vExpert 2013 title, an award that has been around since 2009 to recognise individuals on their contributions to the global virtualization and cloud community. The list is put together by VMware and in particular John Troyer (@JohnTroyer) and the VMware Social Media & Community Team- No easy task in my mind as there are a lot of great VMware practitioners and Evangelists out there.
Announcement link (Just in case you dont believe me 🙂
For me, this is my very first year being recognised in this category, and I am very humbled and honoured to be recognised among some of the great evangelists in this field – some who are personal friends of mine which makes it even more special.
Does it mean you’re now an expert?
No, not necessarily. The title is not based on what you know or how much you know. A great extract from the announcement page shows what it takes (and doesnt take) to be recognised:
“A vExpert not a technical certification or even a general measure of VMware expertise. The judges selected people who were particularly engaged with their community and who had developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities. There were a lot of very smart, very accomplished people, even VCDXs, that weren’t named as vExpert this year” (Retrieved from http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2013/05/vexpert-2013-awardees-announced.html)
Lastly, I would also like to extend my congratulations out to all of the other vExperts for 2013. Looking forward to meeting some of you over the next year.