I know the advantages of community programs from various conversations with individual community members and personally through the VMware vExpert community program. I have longingly expressed the desire to benefit from such a program at Pure Storage for quite some time. A lot of time has now been spent preparing the community and so after the introduction/intro by Lorrayne Gilbert (Program Lead Pure WaveMakers) [LinkedIn] I could hardly wait for the launch.
Pure is launching WaveMakers, a global technical partner community where participation is by invitation only. The community provides partners with additional resources to work even more successfully with Pure Storage and its products in the future. Members are offered access to exclusive events, content/roadmaps/BETA testing, training and more. The scope varies depending on the program level. There are three different levels:
The individual levels are linked to different requirements (e.g. sales figures, completed training/certification).
All the more I was looking forward to the official launch on November 16th after the program teaser.
Last Monday I received the official invitation from Jan Tveit (Channel Technical Manager) [LinkedIn] to join the Pure WaveMakers program. On Thursday the 19th of November the access to the new community portal was then possible and the levels of the individual members were announced.
I am very happy to be one of the Pure WaveMakers Legends members since today.
I feel a little honored by this, because this community status brings all the benefits of the program with it and I think that this can increase some more advantages in the cooperation with Pure, the quality of the blog posts and I can also bring the added value in other exciting projects.
In addition to the community program, the partner program in general has been improved in the last few weeks and in addition to the adaptation of the sizing tool, new training and training opportunities (on-demand) and added much more.
Thanks to the Pure WaveMakers team, Lorrayne and Jan. I am hungry for the next sessions and upcoming weeks.