You’ve probably heard of the VMware vExpert and Microsoft MVP programmes which recognise those people who have contributed and gone above and beyond in assisting others and providing additional value to these particular communities. Those who have been awarded such titles for the year become a member of a relatively small group who can use this title and associated logo on their blogs, email signatures or business cards. Along with being able to use the title for the year there are usually other benefits to be had such as access to NDA and roadmap information, auto-enrollment into product beta programmes and special attention from the vendor when attending the larger vendor events.
The individuals who provide their time free of charge to contribute to these communities, often helping others in the process, are of significant benefit to a vendor as they provide an “independent” (ie: not an employee of the vendor)voice which can lend more credibility to the information they give and the informal support eco-system around the vendor’s products or services.
What is EMC Elect?
EMC has always had a healthy community base around its various products though it has always been lacking a recognition programme and associated title for those who provide extra value and go out of their way to help others with their EMC products. Well, the good news is that there is now such a programme similar to that of the VMware vExpert and Microsoft MVP – it is called EMC Elect.
To be bestowed with the ‘EMC Elect’ title EMC are looking for people who meet one or more of the following criteria:
Engagement – Members are those engaging here on the ECN, on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and in person at events.
Commitment – Being a part of the EMC conversation day in and day out, offering thoughtful feedback and staying optimistic in your language.
Leadership – The kind of people who take every opportunity to engage with their peers and represent others as part of the community
As with other vendor community recognition programmes there are a number of benefits to be had by being awarded the title, here are some examples as outlined in the EMC Elect FAQ here:
- Award certificate and gift
- Public recognition in the EMC Elect directory
- EMC Elect logo to display on website or email signature
- Access to a private EMC Elect community with exclusive content
- Access to exclusive online events and other opportunities to participate in activities
- Prioritization in upcoming Beta and external reviews of Roadmaps and User Experience
- Direct feedback mechanisms into all participating EMC product teams
Other potential benefits include:
- VIP treatment at Tier 1 events
- Educational Discounts
Some pretty good reasons to be an EMC Elect I think you’ll agree.
How do I become EMC Elect?
You can be awarded the EMC Elect title by “being active and sharing their EMC knowledge and experiences with others. This could be online — answering questions on the EMC Communities, running a blog — or it could be offline, for example by helping organize or speaking at EMC User Groups or other local events.”
You can be nominated for consideration to receive the award by your peers or you can nominate yourself. If you feel you have provided value and contributed to the EMC Community then don’t be shy, nominate yourself as someone else may not do it for you.
Simply use the online EMC Elect nomination form here to nominate a peer or yourself.
When is the nomination cut-off date?
Get your nominations in for EMC Elect 2013 by 15th December 2012.
Good luck to all of you who are nominated!