This weekend a tweet by Michael Stump caught my eye:
I'm interested in the #PernixPros thing, but it makes me suspicious to see yet another community designation making the rounds.
— michael stump (@_stump) August 1, 2014
After explaining in the limited 140 characters what sets us apart, Michael was impressed:
@frankdenneman now THAT is interesting. glad it's not just another free t-shirt and line item on LinkedIn profiles.
— michael stump (@_stump) August 2, 2014
Let me expand a little more on the intent of the PernixPro program.
We select members on a few criteria, the level of involvement in the virtualization community, expertise and interaction with PernixData employees if customers apply for the PernixPro program. These three factors are important for us as multiple groups within PernixData interact with the PernixPros. On a regular basis we request feedback on various points. During the development of FVP 2.0, some members interacted with the UI team to provide feedback. A group of PernixPros was involved in alpha and pre-beta testing, interacting with Product Management and the Engineers. We are focused on providing products that align with the requirements and wishes of the customers and there is nothing better to get the feedback from customers and virtualization experts in an early state of the development cycle.
A lot of community members are passionate about improving the virtualization ecosystem and are eager to share their expertise. Back in the early days of VMware you could interact with the engineers and that made visiting VMworld even more special. There were plenty of times were I interacted with VMware employees to find out that I was actually talking to the engineer responsible for that product. These moments encouraged me to create a similar experience.
The early exposure to the new products require us to be selective with members, you can imagine that exposing alpha code to competing vendors is not a part of my MBO ;).
This week a new group of PernixPros were selected. Congratulations to the new members of the PernixPro members, I’m looking forward to working with you guys.
|Mads Fog Albrechtslund||@Hazenet|
|Mikael Korsgaard Jensen||@jekomi|
|Bart Van Praet|
|Frans van Rooyen||@jfvanrooyen|
We will be contacting all our new PernixPro members to set-up an overview of the program and kick off the great discussions around PernixData FVP. All PernixPros, existing and new, will receive an invite to the VMworld PernixData party and PernixPro breakfast. For those that didn’t make it this time keep following us on Twitter @PernixData for updates.