Not designated as a VMware vExpert 2011

AvatarThis morning I received the following e-mail from John Troyer:

I’m sorry to inform you that you were not designated as a VMware vExpert 2011.

Thank you very much forapplying. The vExpert Program was designed for people engaging in public evangelism and contributing to the public community. Not being a designate does not correlate to any judgment on your individual expertise, enthusiasm, and contribution around VMware, virtualization, and cloud computing. The selection was particularly tough this year.

People who were not designated a vExpert tended to fall into several groups:

  • Bloggers who either didn’t write very much in 2010, starting later in the year, or starting in 2011; or who didn’t write much original content around VMware solutions.
  • Employees of partners who evangelized, but in ways that the judges perceived as primarily part of their normal job role; or with evangelism that was not public.
  • Employees of customers who evangelized, but primarily internally.
  • VMUG leaders who did not organize a full year’s worth of events in 2010.

We are currently looking at the scope of the vExpert Program next year to see if we could better work with partner and customer evangelists. Many of the bloggers, if they continue their activity, will be very good candidates for 2012.

If you would like to discuss the program and your selection, either for this year or next, please email me at We are currently evaluating our calendar and hope to begin our next program year closer to the start of the year. There are six months left in 2011, which is plenty of time to do more great things! I’d love to be working with you in 2012.

All the best,

John Troyer
and the vExpert Program Team

I can tell you that I’m disappointed that I didn’t make it this year. But I know what I did last year to contribute to the public community. And the fact that I didn’t make it, does make me admire those who did make it even more. Congratulations to you all!


About Robert van den Nieuwendijk
Robert van den Nieuwendijk is a freelance senior systems engineer with over 30 years of experience in the IT industry. He focusses on VMware vCloud Suite and Microsoft Windows Server. He tries to automate as much of his work as possible using Microsoft PowerShell. Robert is the author of the books “Learning PowerCLI” and “Learning PowerCLI – Second Edition.” Robert is a frequent contributor and moderator at the VMware VMTN Communities. He has a bachelor degree in software engineering and holds the following IT certifications and accreditations: VSP 2016, VTSP 2016, VCP4-DCV, VCP5-DCV, VCP6-DCV, VCP6-CMA, VCA-Cloud, VCA-WM, VCA-NV, VMSP, VMTSP, ZCS, ZCP, ZCP-Cloud, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, MCP+I, PRINCE2 Foundation and ITIL Foundation. In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Robert received the VMware vExpert award for his contribution to the community of VMware users over the past year. In 2017 Robert also received the VMware vExpert Cloud award. PernixData made him in 2015 a member of the PernixPro.

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