Wow! It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the launch of the Citrix User Group Community (CUGC) at Synergy 2015!

It’s been a time of learning and growth, and Citrix greatly values all the interactions we’ve had with the community. We look forward to continuing to develop the CUGC and other opportunities for our customers, partners and employees.

To that end, I’ve had the honor of working recently on a project with an esteemed community member: Shane Kleinert. Shane is a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) who works for Choice Solutions, a Citrix partner based out of Overland Park, Kansas.

Over the last year and a half, Shane has been a great friend in the community and has provided many valuable insights during my discovery process – think of a loud sounding board! In addition to Shane, several CTPs joined forces with us and provided valuable feedback: Kees Baggerman, Esther Barthel, Jarian Gibson, Alexander Ervik Johnsen, Tobias Kreidl, Paul Stansel, Sacha Thomet, Bas van Kaam, and Andrew Wood.

Together, Shane and I talked with dozens of passionate professionals in the Citrix community over the past several months. Through their valuable insights, we’ve identified an opportunity to enhance how we recognize our most valuable contributors in the community. While many Citrix experts in the community aspire to join the CTP program, the membership is limited to just 50 individuals.

So, we’re working on building a new recognition tier for Citrix community contributors, who will be designated Citrix Technology Advocates (CTA).

We have enlisted 25 exceptional community members who are helping us extend our community programs. These individuals tirelessly communicate their passion for Citrix technology in many ways. They spend countless hours sharing knowledge and connecting with community peers; below are a couple of examples of their dedication, but the list is not exhaustive:

  • Sharing their proficiency in the Citrix technology stack
  • Participating in online forums such as CUGC and other technology forums
  • Blogging about their experience with technology
  • Speaking at Citrix and related industry events
  • Supporting community programs such as Citrix IRC
  • Providing strategic feedback to Citrix product teams
  • Volunteering for community initiatives such as leading local user groups, hosting lunch table tech chats at Synergy, participating in focus groups

These Citrix Technology Advocates will be recognized for their wonderful contributions to the Citrix community, with benefits such as:

  • Private community in CUGC
  • Expanded opportunities for product feedback
  • Regular meetings with key Citrix product teams
  • Access to enablement software from third parties

Let’s congratulate the Citrix Technology Advocate founding members:

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Matthew Allen Twitter
Niek Boevink Twitter

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David Brett Twitter

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Carsten Bruns Twitter
Jane Cassell Twitter
Ryan Gallier Twitter
Preston Gallwas Twitter

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Adam Gamble Twitter

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Robin Hobo Twitter

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Phillip Jones Twitter

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Mark S. Knouse

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Jits Langedijk Twitter

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Rory Monaghan Twitter

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Shane O’Neill Twitter

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Scott Osborne Twitter
David Ott Twitter
Jonathan Pitre Twitter
Adam Platt Twitter
James Rankin Twitter

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Ryan Revord Twitter
Shaun Ritchie Twitter

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Rick Roetenberg Twitter

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Marius Sandbu Twitter

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Julien Stanojevic Twitter

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Kyle Wise Twitter

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These community experts have provided a lot of feedback and insights, and we look forward to working with them to encouraging and enriching our technology conversations.

Stay tuned for additional information and the launch of a formal nomination process. In the meantime, if you would be interested in participating, please send us your name and email. We are interested in getting to know technical-minded, as well as business-minded professionals from customer and partner companies as well as independent consultants!

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