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The Very Important Parallels Professional (VIPP) Program

The VIPP Program provides an opportunity for participants to gain a deeper understanding of the strategies and technologies that make Parallels solutions successful.

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If you wish to be considered for the VIPP, please submit your resume with a detailed explanation of your contributions to the EUC industry and community.

Selected IT professionals, experts and contributors in the end-user computing (EUC) arena help shape the future of Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) and Parallels community tools relating to remote access and cloud computing.

The VIPP Program allows its members to contribute and influence product strategy based on their valuable experience, market demands and trends.

Find tips, tricks and predictions about EUC and virtualization in our online magazine, The VIPP Gazette.

Benefits

The VIPP Program acknowledges each members' contributions and efforts in attaining various EUC technologies expert knowledge, including Parallels technologies

  • Regular updates and engagements with our product teams for discussions and feedback on Parallels current technologies and the vision of Parallels solutions
  • Working together on new business opportunities
  • Joint activities helping members to accomplish a specific EUC project and support the EUC community at large
  • Opportunities to attend and be a speaker at Parallels events
  • Privileged access to a private forum organized by our Parallels product teams to talk about developing technologies, product updates and priority technical support
  • Access to early releases of future solutions and Not for Resale (NFR) licenses of Parallels solutions
  • Yearly public announcement
  • Parallels VIPP Badge through Acclaim

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Eligibility

Eligible candidates for the VIPP Program have consistently demonstrated their real-world EUC knowledge by:

  • Contributing to online discussions in social media and other forums, sharing their insights
  • Involving themselves in strengthening the current EUC space
  • Publishing technical documentation, blogs, articles or books
  • Offering continuous technical expertise in the EUC field
  • Speaking at IT conferences

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Expectations

VIPP members are expected to maximize their contribution by:

  • Agreeing to a nondisclosure agreement (NDA)
  • Considered as a Parallels RAS technology expert
  • Active contribution to the program, providing technical and strategic feedback
  • Attend organized online meetings and annual summit
  • Publishing Parallels RAS related articles
  • Being involved in the Parallels Forum
  • Sharing events for joint activities

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VIPP Program Milestones

Members are reviewed yearly, and active contribution for extending membership is required.

2020 VIPP Program Milestones
September 9, 2019 Open for new applications
November 29, 2019 Close applications
December 2019 Validate and review applicants
January 2020 Email accepted members and provide NDA instructions
February 28, 2020 Public announcement of the VIPP Team
March 2020 Onboarding/training VIPP members

VIPP Members

Alex Cooper

Alex Cooper

United Kingdom

Alex Cooper (aka Dr. Conti) is a freelancing virtualization specialist and renowned speaker/presenter within the virtualization sphere. Over the past 15 years, Alex has supported the virtualization needs of over 120,000 users, in the process becoming one of 20 people awarded a Microsoft MVP for Remote Desktop Services.

Bernhard Tritsch

Bernhard Tritsch

Germany

Dr. Benny Tritsch is a solution architect, market analyst, community leader, author, and founder of drtritsch.com. He is a subject matter expert in IT virtualization, user workspace management, enterprise mobility, and remote end-user experience benchmarking. In his role as a principal consultant and technical evangelist, he works with customers and partners across Europe and North America.

Carl Webster

Carl Webster

United States

Working with Citrix since they launched their very first product in 1990, Carl Webster is a senior solutions architect at Choice Solutions. He specializes in Citrix, Active Directory, and technical documentation. He often collaborates with the Citrix Education team to help prepare courseware and exams.

Douglas Brown

Douglas Brown

United States

Douglas Brown is the global technology evangelist at IGEL Technology and the founder of DABCC. A Microsoft MVP for his insights on virtualization, cloud, and end-user computing technologies and markets, Douglas is presently the host of the #1-rated virtualization and cloud podcast show, DABCC Radio, and DABCC TV.

Freek Berson

Freek Berson

The Netherlands

Freek Berson works as an infrastructure specialist at Wortell, a system integrator company based in the Netherlands, where he focusses on end-user computing and all related technologies (mostly on the Microsoft platform). He is also a managing consultant at rdsgurus.com. He maintains his personal blog at themicrosoftplatform.net, where he writes articles and blog posts related to Remote Desktop Services, Azure, and other Microsoft technologies. He is also experienced in performing automated deployments using Azure Resource Manager and designing JSON templates. Freek is awarded Microsoft MVP on RDS since 2011 and is an active moderator on TechNet Forum and contributor to Microsoft TechNet Wiki. He also speaks at various conferences including Microsoft Ignite, BriForum, E2EVC and ExpertsLive. You can follow him on twitter via @fberson.

Kristin Griffin

Kristin Griffin

United States

Kristin is a managing partner of RDS Gurus Consultancy, a consulting firm specializing in Remote Desktop Services (RDS) implementations and benchmarking for both on-premise and cloud deployments. Also a writer, she co-authored the Microsoft Windows 2008 Server Terminal Services Resource Kit and the Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services Resource Kit. She has also written several RDS benchmarking white papers. She currently blogs at www.rdsgurus.com.

Kristin has been a Microsoft MVP for Remote Desktop Services (Enterprise Mobility) since 2009 and a Parallels VIPP since 2016.

Also an inventor, Kristin currently has two creations she is working on. In her spare time, she enjoys her family, power tools, and soccer—not all at once.

Remko Weijnen

Remko Weijnen

The Netherlands

Remko Weijnen is an EUC Specialist for Cloudhouse with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. With a developer background and a specializing interest in security and application and desktop delivery, Remko has become a renowned professional within the Dutch channel. He is a co-founder of the Dutch Citrix User Group.

Ruben Spruijt

Ruben Spruijt

The Netherlands

Ruben Spruijt is field chief technology officer at fra.me, responsible for driving vision, technology evangelism, and thought leadership with Frame customers, partners, and communities. Mr. Spruijt is a well-regarded author, speaker, market analyst, technologist, and all-around geek. An established industry leader and luminary, he is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), NVIDIA GRID Community Advisor, VMware vExpert, and was in the Citrix CTP program from 2008–2017.

He has presented more than 250 sessions at national and international events such as BriForum, Citrix iForum Japan, Citrix Synergy, Gartner Catalyst, Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft TechEd, NVIDIA GTC, and VMworld. Mr. Spruijt founded several independent industry analysis bodies including Project Virtual Reality Check (VRC), Team Remote Graphics Experts (TeamRGE), and AppVirtGURU. He has written and co-authored multiple disruptive ‘Smackdown’ research whitepapers. Ruben is an advisor for various start-ups in mobile, community cloud industry, and remote user experience analytics.

He is based in the Netherlands where he lives with his wife and three kids.

Silvio Di Benedetto

Silvio Di Benedetto

Italy

Silvio Di Benedetto is the owner of Inside Technologies, specializing in private and public clouds, virtualization, backup and disaster recovery, security and identity management, and collaboration and mentoring for products based on Microsoft, Veeam, and Parallels.

Very active in the IT Pro communities, Mr. Di Benedetto is the owner and community lead of windowserver.it (named the Microsoft Community of the Year in 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014), Veeam User Group Italy, and Azure Community. Since 2008, he organizes high-level IT Pro conferences, like Server Infrastructure Days and Technical Cloud Day.

Since 2012, he is Microsoft MVP for cloud and datacenter management, and since 2015 is Veeam Vanguard.

Thomas Poppelgaard

Thomas Poppelgaard

Denmark

Technology evangelist and independent consultant Thomas Poppelgaard is a Microsoft MVP and Citrix Technology Professional virtualization and graphical specialist who helps businesses adopt new technologies. Thomas is a speaker at conferences, webinars, seminars, and roadshows and has presented at events as varied as Citrix Synergy, BriForum, NVIDIA GTC, HPE Discover, and E2EVC.

Trond Eirik Håvarstein

Trond Eirik Håvarstein

Brazil

Trond Eirik Håvarstein (aka Eric) is a Citrix consultant specializing in Citrix and Microsoft technologies. With great passion for virtualization, he offers the virtualization solutions best suited for the user's needs. As an author, blogger, and speaker, Eric has grown a reputation for insight in both South America and his native Norway.

Ryan Mangan

Ryan Mangan

United Kingdom

Ryan Mangan works as the CTO at Systech IT Solutions, an application delivery and desktop virtualization specialist company based in the UK, where he focusses on end-user computing and emerging technologies. Ryan is an end-user computing specialist with a great passion for virtualization. A speaker and presenter, he has helped customers and technical communities with end-user computing solutions, ranging from small to global 30,000-user deployments.

He is the owner and author of ryanmangansitblog.com, where he posts articles about remote desktop services, VMware, Microsoft Azure, KEMP, and other products and technologies.

Ryan has been awarded VMware vExpert since 2014, has been a member of the NetApp United program since 2017, and was awarded Technical Person of the Year in 2017 by KEMP Technologies.

Christiaan Brinkhoff

Christiaan Brinkhoff

Netherlands

Christiaan Brinkhoff works as a cloud architect and evangelist and lives in the Netherlands. He focuses mainly on public cloud infrastructures and end-user computing environments for large, multinational enterprise customers. He has a great passion for cloud innovation and everything around that. In addition to his work, he also shares his knowledge by speaking at large international conferences, such as Citrix Synergy, E2E – PubForum, and local user groups (including the Dutch, Irish, and Denmark User Group). He provides webinars and writes articles for IT vendors, as well as his website, https://christiaanbrinkhoff.com/. This community-related work earned him the privilege of achieving three vendor awards: Microsoft Valuable Professional (MVP) for Microsoft Azure, Citrix Technology Professional (CTP), and VMware vExpert.

Samuel Legrand

Samuel Legrand

France

Samuel Legrand is the owner and an IT consultant at LegSam Consulting, a French company specializing in end-user computing. He designs, implements, and maintains Citrix solutions for his customers (from 10 to 40,000 CCUs) with the guideline “keep it simple.” He enjoys both learning from others and teaching others and is a trainer at Exia-Cesi, a French group specializing in training and higher education, and is also a Citrix Subject Matter Expect. Samuel shares his technical adventures, problems, and solutions at tech-addict.fr, on Twitter at twitter.com/legsam59, or during community events.

Esther Barthel

Esther Barthel

Netherlands

Esther works as a Solutions Architect at cognition IT, where she designs and implements Citrix solutions. In this role, Esther has been awarded as a Microsoft MVP and Citrix Technology Professional (CTP). Over the years, she has become a respected professional in the STEM work field and EUC community, presenting at international events like E2EVC, PSConf.EU and Citrix Synergy.