vExpert Slack – August 2016 Update


As the 2nd half 2016 vExpert announcements are due out on the 19th August I thought I’d better update my original vExpert post.

There are now 384 vExperts on the vExpert Slack and 31 channels covering topics from EUC to OpenStack and everything in between. We usually have around 150-200 vExperts active at anytime. It’s been great fun over the last year and the community is growing day by day. We now have 3 admins looking after the day to day running and I hope to add a forth in the next few weeks so we have someone around 24 hours a day.

To make the process for requesting an invite easier, I’ve created a Twitter account (vExpert Slack) which is monitored by the vExpert Slack admin team and you should get a response a lot quicker than emailing or tweeting me directly. We now have 3 admins looking after the day to day running and I hope to add a forth in the next few weeks so we have someone around 24 hours a day.

When requesting an invite please can you DM (DM’s are open and don’t require the account to follow you) a link to your vExpert profile and the email address you would like the invite sending to. This will save a lot of time and allow us to get an invite out to you as soon as possible. If you don’t get a response within 48 hours please drop me a message. Unfortunately, the vExpert Slack is only open to current vExperts and VCDX.

vExpert on #slack



Earlier tonight I noticed a tweet from Zach Milleson (twitter) who asked if there was a #slack channel for vRO or vRA which got me thinking. We’ve just started to use #slack internally at Xtravirt and it’s had a great uptake and has increased the amount of collaboration within the professional services teams as well as given other teams opportunity to get help with issues when needed.

Having seen the impact #slack can have and with Zach’s tweet in mind, I’ve set up a #slack team for vExperts- The idea being that vExperts can use the various channels to communicate and collaborate across common topics.

It’s only using the basic package for now until I see how much usage we get. With this in mind it’s set to be invite only so if you want access please send a DM or tweet to “vExpert_slack” and I will add you to the team. I’ve created channels for things like vRA, VRO, VCIX and VCDX and can add additional channels if requested. It will probably take a little time to reach critical mass and as more people join the more useful it will become.

vExpert 2015


Late yesterday evening (UK time) while I was working away in the Netherlands, the 2015 Second Half vExperts was announced (VMTN Blog). This is the first year I have felt I’ve done enough to qualify so was amazed to see that I had been named along with my colleague Giuliano Bertello ( / @GiulianoBerteo). This now takes the number of vExpert’s at Xtravirt upto 13 (Jason Meers having moved on during the last 6 months).

So what is a vExpert? VMware vExpert is an honorary title VMware grant to outstanding advocates of the company’s products. A “vExpert” is not a technical certification or even a general measure of VMware expertise. The judges select people who are particularly engaged with their community and who have developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities. There were a lot of smart, accomplished people, even VCDXs, that weren’t named as vExperts this year. This accreditation means that the person is at the top of their game as well as an evangelist for VMware’s products.

To be included in this list of people is a huge honour and something I will work hard over the next 12 months to make sure I continue to justify my nomination,