The list of 2014 vExperts was announced on April 1st – no, this was serious, not meant as a joke. There were 754 vExperts on this list, making it the largest one ever. In addition, there will be more announcements on a quarterly basis during the year as well. The formal announcement and the entire list of 2014 vExperts can be viewed here.
So what is the qualification to become a vExpert, and how do to earn their stripes? As Corey Romero mentioned in his blog post, vExpert is not a “technical certification”, and does not measure the technical aptitude or capability of the applicant. Rather, it is a method of identifying people who were particularly engaged with their community, and had substantial influence within those communities. This award is particularly apt in the age of social media, that it identifies and rewards the influencers who spread the word about benefits of technology platforms.
I was one of the vExperts anointed this year (my first vExpert award), and I consider this a great honor, and a recognition of my support to this community. This award energizes me to serve the VMware user community in roles beyond my existing ones as Board Member at VMware User Group (VMUG), Chairman of the VMUG Partner Council, and Leader of Silicon Valley VMUG. I look forward to ideas from the community on additional roles.
On a related note, if you will be in Silicon Valley on April 23, 2014, I would like to meet you at the Silicon Valley VMUG User Conference at the San Jose Convention Center. The link to register is http://www.vmug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=4864, hoping to see you there.