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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 member's contributions and efforts to attain 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.

2021 VIPP Program Milestones
September 2021 Open for new applications
November 2021 Close applications
December 2021 Validate and review applicants
January 2022 Email accepted members and provide NDA instructions
February 2022 Public announcement of the VIPP Team
March 2022 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.

Andy Milford

Andy Milford

United States

Andy Milford is the CEO and Founder of RDPSoft, and is a 5x Microsoft MVP in the Enterprise Mobility / Remote Desktop Services area. His company, RDPSoft, is dedicated to producing affordable tools that make monitoring and managing RDS and other EUC environments much easier for admins. He is also a published author in the area of how to properly secure Remote Desktop environments. Prior to starting RDPSoft, Andy was the CEO and Founder of Dorian Software, a log management company acquired by Ipswitch in late 2009.

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

Carl Webster, aka Webster, is an independent consultant specializing in Citrix, Active Directory, and technical documentation. He is the most active person in the Citrix Zone on Experts Exchange and serves the broader Citrix community by writing articles and providing FREE PowerShell scripts at CarlWebster.com. Webster, a CTP since 2009, is a founding member of the Citrix Technology Professional Fellow program. He has a long history in the IT industry, starting with mainframes in 1977, moving to PCs and application development in 1986, and then shifting to network engineering in 2001. Admins in small to mid-sized businesses appreciate not only his PowerShell scripts, but also his detailed and thorough approach and prescriptive guidance.

Christiaan Brinkhoff

Christiaan Brinkhoff

Netherlands

Christiaan works as a Principal Program Manager and Community Lead on the Cloud Managed Desktops Engineering team at Microsoft, bringing his expertise to help customers imagine new virtualization experiences. He has also been rewarded with the Microsoft MVP, Citrix CTP, and VMware vExpert community achievements – for his continued support in the EUC community. There were only five people in the world that have all these titles combined – before Christiaan joined Microsoft.

Cláudio Rodrigues

Cláudio Rodrigues

Canada

Over 20 years of experience in what is now called 'Cloud Computing' business. Started several companies in this market and successfully developed them into profitable businesses, always delivering unique, ease-to-use and affordable tools. Helped several well known companies in this space with their vision and product strategy that ended up leading to several large OEM deals with very large manufacturers. In Canada I am the owner of IQBridge Inc., a Citrix partner specialized on delivering Citrix solutions to enterprise class customers.

Some of my personal achievements over the years:

  • Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 2001.
  • The first person ever to be awarded the Microsoft MVP award specifically for Terminal Services and then re-awarded every single year since 2001, based on his contributions in the Citrix/Terminal Services areas to the community and to these technologies.
  • Citrix CTP since 2009.
  • VMware vExpert since 2014.
  • One out of seven people in the world to have all three awards from the main three players in this space.

Specialties: VDI, Citrix, RDS, TS

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.

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.

Freek Berson

Freek Berson

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.

Guy Leech

Guy Leech

United Kingdom

I first wrote software in 1980 as a teenager and then for 6 years from 1988 after graduating from the University of Manchester with a Computer Science degree. In 1995 I became involved with Citrix and have moved in the EUC sphere ever since with a number of stints at Citrix partners in the UK and a long tenure at AppSense (now Ivanti) after coming up with the idea, and writing from scratch, a security product in 1998 that became AppSense Application Manager (now Ivanti Application Control).

In 2009 and 2010 I was awarded the VMware vExpert title (the first 2 years of the program) and again in 2020, the Citrix Technology Advocate honour in 2019 and both Citrix Technology Professional and Microsoft MVP in 2020.

Currently I am a self employed consultant providing a mixture of services to end customers, Citrix partners and software vendors, specialising in troubleshooting and software development.

Julian Mooren

Julian Mooren

Germany

I am employed as a Senior Consultant for CANCOM in Stuttgart (Germany). I have over 10 years experience working in the EUC industry. These days I am specialized in designing and automating SBC and VDI environments. My focus is based on Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, Citrix ADC, Citrix SD-WAN, Parallels Remote Application Server and IGEL ThinClients.

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.

Mark Plettenberg

Mark Plettenberg

Netherlands

Mark Plettenberg, Product Manager at Login VSI. Operating in the center between Sales, Product development, Marketing and last but not least: Research.

Due to this research Mark is regularly invited to speak at leading industry events as E2EVC, VMworld, Citrix Synergy and share his vision on End User Computing/User Experience/Performance, in 2017 this led to the community recognition VMware vExpert and Citrix CTA, in 2018 Mark became a Microsoft MVP in the enterprise mobility category and 2019 Mark became a Citrix CTP.

Mark is co-author of the yearly “VDILIKEAPRO EUC State of the Union” the biggest community driven market research in EUC.

Patrick Köhler

Patrick Köhler

Germany

I´m a highly motivated, always positive thinking Microsoft Cloud Engineer who´s passionate about how to find simplicity in complex circumstances. While supporting my clients achieving their cloud project goals, I love to play guitar, read inspiring books about technology and enjoy the time with my family.

If you´re interested in knowing more about me, why don´t you just send me a personal message and get in contact!

Remko Weijnen

Remko Weijnen

Netherlands

Remko Weijnen is a systems development engineer for AWS in the Windows EMP team 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.

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.

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.

Serdar Göksu

Serdar Göksu

Turkey

Serdar Goksu as a Sr. Virtualization Engineer has been working at the Assista in Turkey. He focuses on virtualization, cloud and IOT technologies. A speaker and presenter, he has helped customers and technical communities with end-user computing solutions.

He is the owner and author of serdargoksu.com where he posts articles about Parallels, Citrix, VMware, Microsoft, Nutanix and other products and technologies.

Serdar has been awarded as a VMware vExpert in 2020.

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.

Silvio Di Benedetto is founder and CEO at Inside Technologies, a company focused to drive into the future all the organizations thanks to power of Information Technology. Passionate about cultures that foster innovation and collaboration, he drives companies to fast turnaround of value to increase ROI.

He’s Microsoft MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management since 2012 and Parallels VIPP since 2016.

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.

Thomas Krampe

Thomas Krampe

Germany

Thomas has worked in the IT industry for more than 20 years, with the biggest technology consulting companies in the world. Since 2013, he has worked at Login Consultants Germany, taking the role as Senior IT Architect and Managing Consultant as part of the management team. He shares his knowledge with the worldwide community via presentations on events, social media and old school printed media. In addition to his daily job, he writes books, whitepapers and articles for the German IT-Administrator Magazine. Thomas has been also awarded as Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) since October 2009 and LoginVSI Technology Advocate since 2018.

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.