I’m enormously proud to be returning to this illustrious group for my 4th year. As the announcement mentions, it is not a technical certification or a measure of VMware expertise, but recognition of those engaged with the community.
For me, having worked in the VMware sphere (pun intended!) since 2003 – first as an employee and then from 2005 as a consultant – the VMware community is totally unique. I am proud to be a co-leader of the London VMUG and UK VMUG and, of the 754 2014 vExperts, I can guarantee you I’m the least technical. However, I love how technology – both VMware’s and the ecosystem’s – solves copious business problems, whilst also creating some too! In the words of Mike Laverick I am a techknowledgist, i.e. I know a lot about technology but I’m not technical. I enjoy helping our members increase their knowledge and network by attending our meetings and also continuing to learn myself, both from VMware and the sponsors.
It is great to see the female contingent increase this year, I believe there were 5 of us in 2013 and I make it
10 11 or 2014. Super to see my friend, Susan Gudenkauf, included this year. The 10 11 I see on the list are: (updated 7th April thanks to Shane Williford for pointing out I missed out Melissa Palmer)
Susan Gudenkauf, Liselotte Foverskov, Laurent Malhoit, Suzan Pickett, Rebecca Fitzhugh, Erin Banks, Jodi Shely, Stacy Carter, Bonnie Bauder, Melissa Palmer and moi. If I’ve missed someone, then please do let me know.
I’m also proud of how many London VMUG members are vExperts, I make it 40 and whilst some have left these shores or indeed have set up their own VMUG regional groups, they’re still regular attendees and are still on the members list. Am sure I’ve missed someone, so please let me know:
Ather Beg, Jeremy Bowman, Steve Bruck, Barry Coombs, Paul Davey, Simon Davies, Alaric Davies, Damian Davis, Chris Dearden, Sean Duffy, Simon Eady, Ricky El-Qasem, Alex Galbraith, Simon Gallagher, Tim Gleed, Simon Greaves, Ed Grigson, Seb Hakiel, Ray Heffer, Tom Howarth, Duncan James, Craig Kilborn, Chris Kranz, Mike Laverick, Simon Long, Sam McGeown, Stu McHugh, Paul McSharry, Jonathan Medd, David Owen, Michael Poore, Alan Renouf, me, Gregg Robertson, Simon Seagrave, Rynardt Spies, Martyn Storey, Stuart Thompson, Julian Wood and last, but not least, Darren Woollard – whew! (I considered hyperlinking all these names to their twitter handles, but decided I didn’t have that much time 🙂 )
I feel honoured to be listed in amongst these amazingly smart peeps and, as I tweeted the other day, I wonder if Diane and Mendel ever envisaged what they created would lead to such an awesome user community?