I am pleased to announce that I have just been named a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP). The CTP is Citrix’s version of the Microsoft MVP. I rewards professionals that contribute to the community and establishes a two-way dialog with the company, both to improve our understanding of Citrix and as a conduit so that Citrix can access the industry “thought leaders” as they develop further products and enhancements.
I have been a Microsoft MVP for three years now, but have never been invited into the Citrix program. This is most likely because when Citrix started the CTP program, they were still competing with SoftGrid (now App-V) so I wasn’t really welcome. Now that Citrix and Microsoft are such good buddies, I guess that isn’t a concern. Which is great news. For a number of years, it was hard for me to do much with Citrix. It seemed that I consistently found myself working with third party vendors that complemented what Citrix was doing — until Citrix bought or OEMed a competitor. Citrix, at that point, didn’t work terribly effectivelywith third party companies with what they considered “competitive” products.
Citrix has really changed in how they work with outsiders, especially in the last year and a half. I sensed this and started working more with the Citrix products in this last year. I was even invited to speak at Synergy this year in the main program. Quite a shift from past shows where the content was strictly controlled.
So I’m honored to join the other CTPs. To see who else has been awarded, look here.