Hello, %username%, DK here.
In the first part, I explained what a Veeam Vanguard program is. Now it’s time for a second part. I’m sure it’s a more important one: what this program is NOT.
It’s not a rain check
“If you make me a Vanguard, I’ll be posting more about Veeam” doesn’t work here. We award people for the PAST year of spreading the word, not for a future one. It’s fine to start working towards getting an award and let us know about it, so that in the end we give you the status, but not the other way around. We are not contracting you to promote Veeam for a next year, we show our appreciation to those who are contributing the community because they are passionate about it.
It’s not a bribe
“If you make me a Vanguard, I’ll be talking good about Veeam and bad about the competitors”. Nope, bribing the community members to buy their good reviews is the last thing we’ll do. If you think good of us – cool, if you think we are doing something bad – also cool, let us know and we’ll try to change that. But we don’t need an army of venal “influencers”.
It’s not a sales booster
“If you make me a Vanguard, I’ll be selling more Veeam”. That’s a totally wrong attitude. If you think like this, you don’t understand the idea behind the program. It’s about the COMMUNITY, not sales. I’m not saying we don’t appreciate selling a lot of our product, we are a commercial company after all. It’s just not the right place for it.
However, it just happens that many of the Vanguards are selling Veeam working for partners or VCSP, but we awarded them not for this, but rather for their community work: leading the user groups, blog posts, videos, input on the Forums/Spiceworks, and so on.
It’s not a credential
It’s an award, not a credential. Being a Veeam Vanguard doesn’t automatically state that you know every single bit of each product, it means you are willing to share your Veeam experience with your fellow IT pros.
It’s not a free trip for fun
Don’t get me wrong, annual Vanguard meetups ARE FUN. But that’s not the purpose of it. The purposes are:
- To educate you about Veeam (including exclusive internal stuff and roadmaps);
- To hear your opinion about what we do and how we do it;
- To know each other and collaborate
If that’s what you are expecting from such a trip, then it will be fun for you. If you want something different, probably this program is not for you.
I hope these two posts gave you an idea of what Veeam Vanguard Program is. It’s all about the community. If you don’t agree with it, here’s my advice to you:➤Expand to view
Have a good day and pick good community programs!