Category Archives: vExpert

How to connect with us at VMworld!

VMworld is only a little over 2 weeks away as of this post!  vBrainstorm will have 3 of our bloggers there and we want to make sure you know how to connect up with us.  All of us are active on Twitter so I will list our Twitter accounts below.  I will be doing some live broadcasts on Periscope so follow me there (rolltidega) to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.  Finally look for us in our customized VMworld 2015 polos that are being provided by some sponsors (blog posts forthcoming).  Our Twitter handles and web site will be on the back of each shirt so if you have never met us do not hesitate to come up and say hello!  We want to meet you!  Thanks and we hope to see you there!

Shawn Cannon – @rolltidega
Roger Lund – @rogerlund
Aaron Gruber – @virtualroads

vExpert 2015 Announced


VMware has announced the first round of vExperts for 2015 and I am please to report that myself and Roger of have made the list once again!  This is my 3rd year in a row being selected so the picture above reflects that.  Here is the announcement from VMware as well as a link it.

First we would like to say thank you to everyone who applied for the 2015 vExpert program.

I’m pleased to announce the list 2015 vExperts. Each of these vExperts have demonstrated significant contributions to the community and a willingness to share their expertise with others. Contributing is not always blogging or Twitter as there are many public speakers, book authors, script writers, VMUG leaders, VMTN community moderators and internal champions among this group.

I want to personally thank everyone who applied and point out that a “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. There were a lot of very smart, very accomplished people, even VCDXs, that weren’t named as vExpert this year.

If you feel like you were not selected in error, that’s entirely possible. The judges may have overlooked or misinterpreted what you wrote in your application. Email us at [email protected] and we can discuss your situation. We looked at all of the 2014 activities to determine the voting results.

We will open the second half 2015 applications soon which will only allow for two voting periods this year rather then the three we had last year.

If you were selected as a vExpert 2015, we will be conducting the on-boarding throughout the next few weeks so hold tight and expect future communication from us soon. You must successfully be enrolled in our private vExpert community to be listed in the vExpert directory and to be alerted to opportunities like the beta programs and complimentary licenses that we offer to vExperts. We will provide instructions to gain access to the private forum and the vExpert directory in the next communication via email. We will use the email address provided in your vExpert application.

Congratulations to all the vExperts, new and returning. We’re looking forward to working with you. Command + F away and find your name if you can’t wait for the welcome email :)

Corey Romero,
and the VMware Social Media & Community Team

Link:  vExpert 2015 Announcement

New Frontier

We all have choices in life. I choice the career within Information Technology for a couple of key reasons. Foremost, I love technology. It’s the reason I am so passionate about my career and it is why I am working with the technology I work with.

After being in the Information Technology field , I found I enjoyed helping and enabling others. This started in the service field, when I was in college; then at my first Information Technology job as helpdesk, and so on over the years. This was what kept me going as a Systems Admin. This is what keep me going through the long nights over the years. This is what made me crazy enough to Start my first User Group. Then go on to lead two VMware User Groups in Minnesota. This is why I applied for the VMware vExpert Program.

I count my self lucky in some way’s. I have had the privilege to be a part of Tech Field Day. I was able do social media events around the country as a evangelist, as a influencer or even press. As time passed, I grew networking connections, and learned a great deal about public speaking, independent thinking, and a ton about collaboration with colleagues around the world.

At some point I began to feel like I lead two life’s. One of a evangelist. Someone who shows his passion about the technology and wants to share the vision with others. And another as a Admin, who put out fires and did his best at the day to day battle. But I spent 90% of my time as a Admin. I won’t lie, I felt like I was being held back as a Admin. I wanted to do more but wasn’t sure on how I should move forward.The company I worked for didn’t have a role that I fit into anymore.

I did what I think was the perhaps best and most important choice I have made in 2014. I talked to my colleagues.I talked to colleagues who are Admin’s. I talked colleagues who are in the Social Media space. I talked to colleagues that are industry annalists. I talked to colleagues that work for partners, and vendors.

It was a wonderful experience, as it was both enlightening and humbling. I had a hundred conversations. A lot of recommendations about future paths. But none suggested that I should continue to be a System Admin. It was the verification I needed. It matched my personal feelings about the role that I was currently in as a Admin.

After a great deal of thought, I decided that my role as a Admin was over. I decided that I wanted to move on to a field that I could leverage the skill set I have developed over the years. I wanted it to be in a role that I can still enable and help others in. That role ended up being a Solutions Architect for a partner.

A couple of weeks ago I accepted a Solutions Architect role at Deltaware DataSolutions. This marks my first week fully in my role. I will not attempt to mask my excitement, as I feel both liberated and empowered in this role. I am looking forward to working with my new team.

This is my next step. My New Frontier.  I feel like a fog has lifted in some ways. I can focus on a single career and job. I plan to get more sleep. And I plan to blog more, talk to others more, and pay more attention to social media than I could as a Admin. 

As always Hit me up on twitter @rogerlund or flag me down next time you see me.

Roger Lund