This week is closing to an end and what a week it was! I woke up last Wednesday and found myself included in the list of vExpert 2014 nominees: needless to say, I could not be happier!
For those who do are not familiar with it, the vExpert program is run by VMware as a way to publicly acknowledge the commitment of people involved in the virtualization community. Quoting Corey Romero (the VMware Community Manager behind the program), “vExpert” is 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.
I could not agree more with this definition: being a vExpert is not about what you know, rather than that is about what you do, about how much you are passionate about the community and the technology it focuses on, it is about how much you give back.
I am not sure if I deserve the title of not, but one thing I am sure about: I am grateful and proud of being accepted as a member of this very unique and welcoming community of peers and I am determined to honor the vExpert badge doing even more during this year and in the years to come.
A special thank you goes to my friends in the VMUG IT leadership team who accepted me in late 2012 as one of them. That was the turning point for me in terms of community involvement and it has been a great ride since then!
I have no intention to slow down, you are all warned!