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Subject matter experts (SMEs) help write, review, and shape VMware certification exams and programs, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program. Our SME Spotlight highlights some of our exceptional SMEs and gives you insight into why they have chosen to spend their time making VMware Certifications the best in the industry.

This month, we’re spotlighting Fabrizio de Luca.

What is your background?
I’ve been in IT for 22 years now, working for Vendors (Adaptec and EMC) and world-wide distributors (Ingram Micro, Magirus and Avnet), developing strong technical and communication skills which now build the foundation for my role as a technical instructor.

What do you think makes for a great testing experience?
In my opinion, a great testing experience is when, after successfully passing your exam, you’re more than just happy you scraped by. You feel proven yet proud as you demonstrated you possess the required knowledge.

Why did you get involved in the VMware Certification Contributor program?
I wanted to contribute making the certification exams:

  • better aligned to real life skills that organizations need,
  • even more technically valuable,
  • more language friendly (i.e. question wording) for EMEA candidates.

What is the most desirable facet of the program?
Being part of a global, cross-functional team of SMEs, coming from multiple different environments and technical backgrounds world-wide, that contribute in a joint effort to produce certification exams that will be consumed by tens of thousands of candidates around the world. It gives you a sense of belonging, exclusivity and proudness.

How have you benefitted from the program?
I have achieved an in-depth understanding of the challenges, the process phases and the quality of such a complex global program.

 

Fun Fact:
The very first time I read something about VMware was even before VMware was founded. It was Autumn 1997 and, while reading the comp.os.linux Newsgroup, I ran into a singular post. The message was fundamentally saying something like the following:

We are developing a Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) that will let you run multiple OSes on x86 hardware platforms, pretty much the same way you can do on mainframes. If you’re interested in this project, let us know or follow this thread. The Development Team.

It was only a few months later that, on January 1998, VMware Inc. was officially founded.

 

If you’re interested in participating in the VMware Certification exam development process, please let us know.