vExpert 2014 Awards

First off I’d like to state how extremely blessed I feel to have been chosen as a VMware vExpert for 2014. This is my second year receiving the award and I feel I could have received it another year or two but I honestly didn’t know about the program until I became deeply involved within the Kansas City VMware User Group. ¬†The program is awesome as it¬†recognizes people¬†who share their VMware related knowledge with others in the community. ¬†For those who don’t know about it the vExpert Award program is comparable to those of other companies such as EMC Elect and Microsoft MVP. ¬†Check out the full list here to see if anyone else you know may be on it.

I’ve heard a lot of complaining the last couple years about the number of vExpert awardees and how this is¬†undervaluing the award. ¬†I’m not one for giving every kid who plays sports a medal but I feel this is a selfish view and all you’re wanting to do is get credit without getting a certification to separate yourself from the rest of the VMware community. ¬†If you want bragging points then please go out and get your VCAP or VCDX. ¬†This award is for SHARING knowledge. ¬†It’s not given to everyone as I personally know a couple people who’ve applied and not gotten it. ¬†I also know people who deserve it and do not apply.

Let’s take a look at the numbers I was able to find via¬†@Cmegroz¬†and other sources:

VCA: 41,378
VCP: 162,141
VCAP: 3,077
vExpert: 767
VCDX: 134

I personally don’t feel these numbers are out of line. ¬†I know more vExperts will be added to the program this year but it still isn’t an absorbent number.

I do have a major beef with some of the awardees thinking VMware must give them licenses to ALL products within their catalog and should do it right now. ¬†Some complain that they can’t be a great spokesperson for VMware without them. ¬†My question to you is how did you get to this point without it??? ¬†I know you all crave for more VMware knowledge but there are ways to do it without complaining incessantly to the vExpert crew about it.

I for one am very appreciative of all the vendors who do give vExperts special perks, such as free training at Pluralsight,¬†HP StoreVirtual VSA license, Login VSI, Veeam, and many moore. ¬†I just don’t get how some people are complaining.

OK, stepping off my soapbox…

I’d like to thank¬†John Troyer,¬†Corey Romero, and everyone else who makes the vExpert program such a success!!! I can’t wait to see all of you at VMUG events and VMworld.

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