At AppSense, we have a long tradition of being a software vendor with a very strong background in IT engineering. About half of the AppSense employees are either in a technical or in a development role. We just love technology! We also recognize the inspiring activities of external technology experts who are leveraging our products or our target markets. In order to bring this recognition to the next level, we have launched a brand new technical community initiative, called the AppSense Community Advisor (ACA) program. The ACA award recognizes exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their high quality, real world expertise with others. ACAs are a highly select group of experts representing technology’s best and brightest who share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.
We are happy to welcome the following 11 individuals as the first AppSense Community Advisors:
- Shawn Bass, US | Independent contractor, VDI expert, MVP, CTP | Website www.shawnbass.com | Twitter @shawnbass
- Bill Kleyman, US | MTM Technologies | Website www.mtm.com
- David Wasilka, Canada | Regional Director, Compugen | Website www.compugen.com
- Christian Reilly, US/UK | Bechtel Corp., Cloud expert | Twitter @reillyusa
- Aaron Parker, UK | Solutions Architect, Kelway; MVP, CTP | Website stealthpuppy.com | Twitter @stealthpuppy
- Paul Mepham, UK | Independent contractor
- James Rankin, UK | Blogger | Website appsensebigot.blogspot.co.uk | Twitter @appsensebigot
- Daniel Wedel, Norway | Wedel IT, CTP, trainer and consultant | Website www.wedelit.no | Twitter @wedelit
- Vincent Branger, France | Infralys, Community leader and event organizer | Website www.infralys.com | Twitter @vincentbranger
- Dennis Zimmer, Switzerland | Blogger, book author and CTO at icomasoft AG | Website www.vmachine.de
- Wolfgang Sommergut, Germany | Publisher and blogger | Website www.windowspro.de | Twitter @windowspro
Each of the ACAs has undergone a rigorous review process. A nomination panel evaluated each nominee’s technical expertise and voluntary community contributions. The panel considered the quality, quantity, and level of impact of the ACAs contributions. Respecting peoples’ desire to get technical information in a variety of ways, AppSense recognizes both online and offline community contributions.
On 29th and 30th October 2012 we had 7 of the 11 ACAs attending our first ever ACA Summit in the AppSense development center in Daresbury, UK. Development leads, architects and product managers presented a total of 10 technical sessions. The ACAs delivered a great community session, providing us with unbiased feedback from the field. In addition, we spent a couple of hours with the ACAs where they shared with us their ideas of future features and products. Overall we had two exciting days of exchanging information and thoughts about the entire range of AppSense products and our market.
ACA James Rankin has already published a blog article about the Summit. Check out http://appsensebigot.blogspot.co.uk.
This is a huge step for AppSense, geared to adapt even faster to changing market needs. Stay tuned for news, articles and tweets produced by the AppSense Community Advisors.
Benny Tritsch, AppSense Community Advisor Program Lead