Today is a very special day for me. After a month of reviewing hundreds of applications and making tough decisions, I’m finally able to announce the members of the new NetApp United 2018 team. I’m beyond excited to welcome a great bunch of people to the NetApp family! But before we make the big announcement, let’s start with…
What is NetApp United?
NetApp United is NetApp’s global influencer program. Founded in 2017, NetApp United is a community of 140+ individuals united by their passion for great technology and the desire to share their expertise with the world. It’s a special place for exchanging ideas and sharing best practices, where rivalry and competition don’t exist. Although most of the members are NetApp partners and customers, NetApp United is open to anyone. We pride ourselves on the inclusivity and diversity of the team.
So, NetApp United is not NetApp’s soccer team?!
For those of you who suspect the name might have something to do with football (yes, football, not soccer because I’m a proud European and this is what it’s properly called!), you might be right, but not entirely.
Just like a football team, NetApp United is all about unity. We wanted a name that represented the trust, support, and togetherness that characterizes the tech community and reflects the NetApp culture.
What I’ve always loved about NetApp and working here is that we care! It’s in our DNA. NetApp United started as an extension of that same value with the mission to create a great community where our NetApp United members can seek advice, ask for help, and share experiences and best practices not only with peers but also with the extended NetApp family, including the NetApp A-Team. NetApp United is a place to inspire others and to get inspired, to help each other grow, and to reach new professional and personal heights.
What do you get as a member of NetApp United?
After our kick-off team call in April, NetApp United members can expect dedicated pre-launch briefing calls at least once every month, sometimes more often depending on the product launch calendar. Stay tuned, exciting things are coming!
All members can benefit from joining the workshops and trainings focused on blogging, social media platforms, and influencer best practices. 1:1 coaching is also available on demand. We focus on continually improving the program for our members and making sure their time spent is worthwhile. Aside from extending their technical expertise, our aim is to provide a foundation for our members to learn new skills and increase their sphere of influence.
Our team members say that the best part of NetApp United is the people and the networking that comes with their membership. Aside from being able to connect with peers daily via comms channels like Slack and private communities, we use every opportunity to get together and get to know each other in person. All members are invited to exclusive dinner parties at Insight Las Vegas and Insight Berlin, where they get to spend some quality time with fellow members and hang out with the NetApp A-Team and NetApp executives like Dave Hitz.
Congratulations again to all and welcome to the NetApp family!
Without further ado, here are the members of the NetApp United 2018 team: