Veeam Vanguard nominations are now OPEN for the 2023 class!

Once a year, we open nominations for the Veeam Vanguard Program, and now is the time! The Veeam Vanguard Program is Veeam’s longest-running community program and is administered by the Veeam Product Strategy Team. It’s one of the Veeam 100 programs, which are a collection of the 100 best Veeam experts around the world.

The Veeam 100 programs include:

Veeam Vanguards: A nomination-driven membership that identifies top Veeam influencers on their own identities.

Veeam Legends: A membership for experts on the leaderboards of key Veeam properties (Community Hub, R&D Forums and Veeam User Groups).

VeeaMVPs: A program for employees who are sharing and engaging when it is not part of their job (or otherwise behaving like Vanguards or Legends!).

What can you expect by joining the Veeam Vanguards? Members are given access to beta products, direct lines to product teams, exclusive experiences (such as the Veeam 100 Summit and VeeamON) and incredible swag. Nominations are closed for 2023.

What is the Veeam Vanguard Program?

As our longest running community program, it’s a great way to go to the next level with Veeam. Vanguards get exclusive access to the product team, incredible swag, opportunities to connect with other Veeam experts, and invitations to VeeamON and the Veeam 100 Summit in Prague.

Maybe it’s easier for actual Vanguards to explain it. Here’s what they had to say when asked to describe the Veeam Vanguard Program.

Ben Young, New Zeeland

Communities are powerful and essential in all aspects of life. The Veeam Vanguard family incubates an environment where we all have equal opportunity to build meaningful relationships with global reach. These relationships enable knowledge sharing and other opportunities between the best thought leaders in our industry. In turn, this has a positive impact downstream to all Veeam customers as we form part of the voice that drives innovation within the Veeam product lifecycle and sharing of this knowledge freely back to the wider community.  

Jos Maliepaard, The Netherlands

The Vanguard and Veeam 100 community members are the best Veeam enthusiasts in the world. Willing to help and challenge each other, but more importantly promote the products and capabilities worldwide.

Jochen Seeger, Germany

This is my first year in the Veeam Vanguard Program, and the amount of information and the quality of the community is just amazing!

Luciano Patrao, Germany:

Veeam Vanguard, now Veeam 100, is the best community program out there. Of course, that has a lot to do with the knowledge that is shared in this program, but it’s even more than that.

Unlike other programs, Veeam 100 feels like family. Plus, Veeam takes this program very seriously and provides all Veeam 100 members with everything they need for a successful community.

Elisabeth Cristina de Souza, Brazil:

For me, the Veeam Vanguard program has been the opportunity to connect with the community and the Veeam team.

I realize that it is a program that goes beyond technical content because I see a very personal interaction between the members, making us more comfortable to ask questions, make comments and celebrate the victories of each one.

There are several initiatives and benefits that motivate our permanence in the program: swag, license of products to test, participation in exclusive events.

Undoubtedly, it is the interaction and commitment of the community and the Veeam team to keep the community “alive,” everyone helping each other with technical content
or not. Everyone is always looking for ways to contribute by being always available to help.

Steven New, United States:

The Veeam Vanguard and Veeam 100 programs allow the top IT influencers from different areas of the IT industry to come together and collaborate about Veeam products. This group of experts gets to test new products in beta and provide direct feedback to Veeam program managers. Once a year, Veeam brings us all together in person in Prague for a week for the Veeam 100 Summit, where we talk with Veeam developers and program managers, providing valuable insight that helps Veeam create the best solutions for customers and partners.

Geoff Burke, Canada:

What was becoming a Vanguard for me? The reality was even better than the expectations!

Of course, the perks are fantastic, but the greatest gift of the program is that it enhances your ability to lead and give back to the community that you love so much being a part of.

Chris Childerhose, Canada:

It is knowing you are part of a family, which the Veeam Vanguard and Veeam 100 programs genuinely are. They are a great group of individuals that come together to learn, teach and help each other with Veeam-related questions, etc. Having such a great group to bounce ideas off of, ask questions, and chat about Veeam is the best part. Also, there is no judgment when you ask or say something, as everyone has their own experience, opinions, etc., on how they know and use Veeam. Best influencer programs out there.

The last two comments come from Didier and Craig; Veeam Vanguard members from the inaugural class of Vanguards since 2015!

Didier Von Hoye, Belgium:

The Veeam 100 program brings together the collective expertise, insights, and experience of talent within Veeam and among partners and customers. This diversity and mix of viewpoints create a group that elevates us all through sharing, learning, and collaboration. The result is excellence in delivering the best possible solutions for any environment.

Craig Dalrymple, Scotland

By far my favourite aspect is the people and connections, from a personal and professional aspect, made while participating in the program(s). There is no bigger compliment I can make of the program than highlighting how my career opportunities have only benefitted in an extremely positive manner, from the opportunities and experiences offered, whilst being an active participant of the Veeam Vanguard program.

There is very much a hive mind for the programs, where anyone can contribute with a question or share information amongst the teams. The level of collaboration/information sharing, and absence of egos, across all the groups within the Veeam 100 sub groups is genuinely something I’ve yet to see in other similar programs…

Vanguard Nominations are open for a limited time

With this information, this is the opportunity to nominate for the Vanguard program class of 2023. Nominations are open via this survey, and will close on Jan. 9, 2023!

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