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VCI Day EMEA 2014

Today, October 13th 2014, sixty european VMware Certified Instructors begun their VMworld EMEA yearly appointment with the VCI Day event.
The VCI Day is a precious yearly recurrence for us as it is a unique opportunity to meet all together - at least once a year - and share ideas and experiences, be updated with the latest VMware Education training plans and schedules, get early access to technical deep dives delivered by key VMware SMEs.

This year too, the team led by Dirk Rathfelder's, EMEA Education Partner Sales Manager, (Andy Cary and Undeleeb Din, Enablement Leads for the VCI Program, and Julie Escott, VMware EMEA Education Operations Manager) managed to build a great agenda which offered:

  • Business updates including a 2015 outlook
  • Certification roadmap
  • Education roadmap
  • Technical briefings on Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) and VMware vCloud Air

I wish I could tell you all the cool stuff we saw and learned, yet we're not allowed as we are bound to an NDA.

Nevertheless I can point you to the following public presentations about:

Last but not least, I'm proud to announce that my friend Paul McSharry (Twitter @pmcsahrry) has been awarded as the EMEA VCI of the Quarter for being the first VCI in Europe that delivered the new "VMware NSX: Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]" course and the trainer who delivered the highest number of these sessions across the region.
Paul is also the author of the very much appreciated and highly recommended book VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 - Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD) Certification Guide.


VMworld2013 Barcelona: I've been named EMEA VMware Certified Instructor of the Quarter

In Q3 2013, my obsessive work to correct VMware training manuals for the "VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage" course, which ended up with the project called myCourseware Correction, has been rewarded with the EMEA VCI of the Quarter award. Thank you very much guys!

On the same day, three other EMEA Instructors - Trevor Jones, Thomas Schneider and Steffen Özcan - were credited for their achievements in delivering courses. Congratulations mates!


This is the raw footage that Undeleeb Din (Enablement Lead, VMware Certified Instructor Program) made that day:

VMware, VP Laura Narducci presents VCI Award


Below you can read the official announcement made via the VMware Education and Certification Blog.


VMware Education and Certification Blog

At the recent VMware Certified Instructors (VCI) day at VMware World Barcelona, Fabrizio de Luca, Italy received the EMEA VCI of the Quarter Award.

The award was presented by Laura Narducci, Vice President, Shared Services – Global Support in recognition of outstanding instructors in EMEA who share their expertise about VMware technologies with others.

Fabrizio received the award for the period July through September for his superior efforts: he delivered several vSphere classes across EMEA and online, with average evaluation scores above 4.9 out of 5. Fabrizio has created his own website to share information with students, and has also been instrumental in testing the new VMware vSphere 5.5 courses.

Most telling, however are the wonderful comments from his students:

This is about ten years that I followed courses for different products. This is the best instructor I had. He knows his stuff and manages to keep us concentrating along the courses.
Excellent skills, knows many times more than the content. A very enjoyable person with sense of humor and lots of experience.
Source: VMware Education and Certification Blog
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