Having fun with vExpert to employee ratios, take 2

As anyone reading this likely knows, the 2014 vExpert list was announced earlier this month (I’m honored to be a member for the third year now and will post later about my application).

vExpert 2014 Announcement

Shortly after, Jeramiah Dooley updated his analysis post – very cool that he’s done this for a third year now. But…he actually did more than one post this year.

2014 vExpert Group, By the Numbers

More vExpert Numbers: Sub-Groups and Repeat Offenders

And….as you may recall, using his numbers I did a “vExpert to employee ratios” blog post last year. It seemed only proper that I update it this year. As last year, I greatly appreciate Jeramiah and others pulling together the data that I’m using.

And yes, in case you’re wondering, Varrow still shows up very favorably — see Jason Nash’s post for Varrow details.

Note: I’m not at the same big data analysis level as Jeramiah so what’s below are static numbers….no live updates from the Google Docs source data. The total employees are based on nothing more than MacroAxis (great site) & Google (although I didn’t take just the first result I found). I’m happy to update if anyone has better data. And…absolutely nothing against companies with fewer than 8 vExperts — just being a bit lazy I admit.

Without any further ado, here’s what it looks like…

Sorted by total vExperts per company – top 9 companies

Company

# Employees

# vExperts

Ratio

VMware

13,580

103

132

EMC

63,900

26

2,458

Xtravirt

55

11

5

HP

317,500

11

28,864

Nutanix

500

11

45

Varrow

151

10

15

IBM

431210

9

47,912

VCE

1,200

8

150

NetApp

13,060

8

1,633

And the one I like the most…top 9 companies (most total vExperts) sorted by vExpert to employee ratio

Company

# Employees

# vExperts

Ratio

Xtravirt

55

11

5

Varrow

151

10

15

Nutanix

500

11

45

VMware

13,580

103

132

VCE

1,200

8

150

NetApp

13,060

8

1,633

EMC

63,900

26

2,458

HP

317,500

11

28,864

IBM

431210

9

47,912

Kudos to Xtravirt for topping the chart this year by this measurement….but I’m still very happy to see Varrow right behind them. From a US perspective, you won’t run into a partner with more vExperts than Varrow (or almost any company even frankly). Pair this up with our EMC Elect count (out of 80 EMC Elect, we have 3) as well as Cisco Champions and I love the Varrow story. As I said last year, from where I sit it’s still an exciting time to be in this industry and at Varrow.

By the way, Varrow does have a program we call ECIP to reward those with industry recognition/certifications at a financial level. It’s not like it pays for the time (especially if you calculate it on an hourly basis) but does speak to company culture — showing appreciation for those who participate. If you’d like more details, listen to Jason Nash (Varrow CTO) on the Geek Whisperers podcast.

http://geek-whisperers.com/2014/03/the-passion-of-the-cto-episode-37/

Ending note: I do want to note a couple companies I left out of the table above.

  • Businessmann – partner in Denmark with 4 vExperts out of 27 employees…incredible! /cc @hazenet 
  • Veeam – while they dropped this year by total quantity (to me a natural outcome of their diversifying strategy), they still rank highly with 7 vExperts.
  • Pernix – 7 total vExperts – if nothing else, Charlie Gautreaux (@chuckgman) has been a vExpert for *6* years….and they have 6 more vExperts. Oh yeah – they have cool tech too.
  • Tintri – lots of sharp VMware folks there (6 vExperts) for good reason. Until earlier this month, they were a VMware only focused storage platform after all (just added RHEV).

3 thoughts on “Having fun with vExpert to employee ratios, take 2

  1. Hi Andrew. I work for Xtravirt where we are fortunate to have a significant number of vExperts on staff, and we’ve enjoyed reading your vExpert to employee ratio posts in the past. Did you have any plans to do anything like this again with the most recent vExpert list from February this year? Thanks

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  2. Good question…I freely admit I based my meta-analysis off the initial analysis done by Jeramiah Dooley. He last did his analysis about a year ago – April 2014. I’ll ping him on Twitter to see if he’s planning on an update (as that is what would enable my update).

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  3. Pingback: Thank you Xtravirt… | @mpoore

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