Since 2009, VMware has run a special community of IT professionals who significantly contribute to the community of VMware users, above and beyond their job requirements. Any IT company and organization is lucky to have such dedicated, hardworking team members in their communities, and that holds true for SimpliVity as well.
“Being recognized as a vExpert is how VMware says “thank you” and recognizes our achievements,” says Tim Antonwicz, a vExpert at SimpliVity.
Last week, VMware published their 2016 vExpert award list and we were overjoyed to see names from the SimpliVity family on that list. Congratulations to all of you who made the list!
To show our appreciation for these team members, we would like to feature a few of them and the excellent work they do in and out of the office:
Tim Antonowicz – This five-year vExpert is active in training and education within the vCommunity. He has worked as a mentor for several people that were interested in obtaining their VCP, VCAPs, or VCDX, and he participated in several VCDX panels and bootcamps last year, presented at several VMUGs, UserGroups, trade shows, and conferences such as VMworld. Tim is frequently on Twitter, @timantz, engaging in discussions on various topics within the vCommunity.
Hersey Cartwright – In his fifth year as a vExpert, Hersey actively blogs on his personal blog and is very active on Twitter, @herseyc. He is also a vBrownBag presenter, and holds a VCDX certification.
Brian Knudtson – Veteran vExpert since the program’s inception, Brian supports many VMUGs, both individually and with SimpliVity. He works with a great group of community members to put on VMunderground at VMworld, and has many discussions on Twitter, @bknudtson, and in person. In his spare time, he blogs both personally and for the SimpliVity blog.
Jason Shiplett – Starting his vExpert career in 2012, Jason has given back to the community in a variety of ways. He is very active on Twitter, @jshiplett, and on the VMware thread on Reddit (/u/jshiplett), and with his local VMware User Group. Jason regularly attends and speaks at VMUGs, and in his words, “Most importantly, I like to put myself out there to act as a resource for more junior engineers and architects. I’m always open to helping where I can.” When he can, he also updates his blog.
Ron Singler – A four year veteran of the vExpert community that participates in local and regional VMUGs by speaking and sharing knowledge about how to best implement VMware technologies with SimpliVity solutions, Ron also blogs and is always willing to chat on Twitter, @rsingler_.
Matt Vogt – A vExpert since 2012, Matt has proven to be a passionate community member, presenting and promoting at VMUGs, local vBeers, and organizing community gatherings annually at VMworld. He is also a regular blogger and loves interacting with the community over Twitter, @mattvogt.
vExperts in SimpliVity
Having vExperts working at SimpliVity means not only having extensive knowledge about VMware and vSphere, but also about hyperconvergence. Hersey says, “Participating in the community is about sharing knowledge.” And the vExperts at SimpliVity eagerly want to teach what they know, and learn from the rest of the industry.
Ron Singler believes being a vExpert at SimpliVity means more than being a fountain of VMware knowledge, “It means that I am able to connect with the vExpert community on a deeper level and help VMware build better products through engagement in the different beta programs offered to the community.”
Many of his fellow vExperts in the SimpliVity team agreed with this sentiment about the community. “Having access to such a great community that is enthusiastic about providing feedback has been an awesome opportunity to both learn about the realities of not only VMware and SimpliVity, but also the market as a whole,” says Brian Knudtson. “Developing our own sub-community within SimpliVity has helped strengthen bonds within the company.”
To those who are interested in joining this community, our vExperts say the best thing you can do is to just do it. Reach out and engage with the community members over Twitter or at events, or even start up a blog and share opinions with other experts.
As Matt Vogt says, “Dive in. Admit you’re just getting started. Know where you have to grow and ask questions – we all want to help. No one started out knowing what we know. It’s been passed on.”
Any one of our vExperts would love to chat more about what they focus on with the VMware and hyperconvergence community. Just reach out to their Twitter pages or check out their blogs.