We are now going into the third year of the Veeam Vanguard program. Veeam Vanguards are people who embrace Veeam the best in their respective communities. They come from all backgrounds and are spread across different products. Partners, customers, influencers and others are represented here. Now, we’re pleased to announce that the third round of Vanguard nominations are open for 2017 recipients.

Veeam Vanguard Vanguards receive a number of exclusive program benefits — honestly, too many to list — but among these extensive benefits are a private forum site, elevated access to Veeam Product Management, and private webinars and briefings. We’re continually adapting the program based on feedback from the Vanguards, as well as catering program benefits to innovate the program for this elite group. Additionally, we are planning a great experience for Vanguards at VeeamON 2017, so this will be a great year to participate.

Nominate yourself or someone you know for the Veeam Vanguard award here: https://go.veeam.com/survey-vanguard-nomination.html.  Please note, nominations will be accepted until Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.

When you register yourself or someone else, be prepared to provide the complete story of the nominee’s community engagement to give us the most accurate picture of his/her activity and insight. In other words, overload us with data!

The 2017 nominations will allow a bit of growth to the program, and I encourage you to apply to be part of the process. We are especially welcoming persons who specialize in some of the newer products to apply.

It's natural to have a few questions on this type of program, so I've created a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Who can apply to be a Vanguard? Anyone active in a technology community.

Can Veeam employees be awarded Vanguard status? No, but employees can nominate persons for consideration.

What criteria are needed to be awarded Vanguard status? The criteria are decided by our team that looks across communities to find the persons who embody our brand the best.

How will nominees be notified of the result? The Technical Product Marketing team (my staff and I) are going to review the nominations after the registration closes, and then we will deliberate the results. Look for communication either way after that.

I encourage you to apply using the link above. If you see a Vanguard in the wild, let us know!

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