• Parallels VIPP

The Very Important Parallels Professional Program

The Very Important Parallels Professional Program (VIPP) was created to give its members a better understanding of the technologies around Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) while providing critical and valuable feedback to key stakeholders within the Parallels organization. In this program, selected IT professionals will meet with Parallels leaders, working together to shape the future of remote access and cloud computing solutions.

VIPP members will provide valuable input about their organization and market needs in relation to the Parallels RAS vision and road map, specifically regarding mobile lifestyles and modern working cultures.

VIPP members will also gain advanced knowledge and insight on our planned projects—and they’ll be able to try prototype technologies before anyone else.

VIPP@parallels.com

If you wish to be considered for the VIPP, please submit your resume with a detailed explanation of your contributions to the EUC industry and community.

VIPP Members

Alex Cooper

Alex Cooper

United Kingdom

Alex Cooper (aka Dr. Conti) is a freelancing virtualization specialist and renowned speaker/presenter within the virtualization sphere. Over the past 15 years, Alex has supported the virtualization needs of over 120,000 users, in the process becoming one of 20 people awarded a Microsoft MVP for Remote Desktop Services.

Bernhard Tritsch

Bernhard Tritsch

Germany

Dr. Benny Tritsch is a solution architect, market analyst, community leader, author, and founder of drtritsch.com. He is a subject matter expert in IT virtualization, user workspace management, enterprise mobility, and remote end-user experience benchmarking. In his role as a principal consultant and technical evangelist, he works with customers and partners across Europe and North America.

Carl Webster

Carl Webster

United States

Working with Citrix since they launched their very first product in 1990, Carl Webster is a senior solutions architect at Choice Solutions. He specializes in Citrix, Active Directory, and technical documentation. He often collaborates with the Citrix Education team to help prepare courseware and exams.

Douglas Brown

Douglas Brown

United States

Douglas Brown is the global technology evangelist at IGEL Technology and the founder of DABCC. A Microsoft MVP for his insights on virtualization, cloud, and end-user computing technologies and markets, Douglas is presently the host of the #1-rated virtualization and cloud podcast show, DABCC Radio, and DABCC TV.

Esther Barthell

Esther Barthell

The Netherlands

Esther works as a solutions architect at cognition IT, where she designs and implements Citrix solutions. In this role, Esther has been awarded as a Microsoft MVP and Citrix Technology Professional (CTP). Over the years, she has become a respected professional in the STEM work field and EUC community, presenting at international events like E2EVC, PSConf.EU, and Citrix Synergy.

Freek Berson

Freek Berson

The Netherlands

Freek Berson works as an infrastructure specialist at Wortell, a system integrator company based in the Netherlands, where he focusses on end-user computing and all related technologies (mostly on the Microsoft platform). He is also a managing consultant at rdsgurus.com. He maintains his personal blog at themicrosoftplatform.net, where he writes articles and blog posts related to Remote Desktop Services, Azure, and other Microsoft technologies. He is also experienced in performing automated deployments using Azure Resource Manager and designing JSON templates. Freek is awarded Microsoft MVP on RDS since 2011 and is an active moderator on TechNet Forum and contributor to Microsoft TechNet Wiki. He also speaks at various conferences including Microsoft Ignite, BriForum, E2EVC and ExpertsLive. You can follow him on twitter via @fberson.

Jarian Gibson

Jarian Gibson

United States

With over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, Jarian Gibson is an independent consultant/solutions architect focused on end-user computing and virtualization. Throughout his career, Jarian has presented at BriForum, Citrix Synergy, and E2EVC, becoming one of the leaders for the Kansas City Metro Citrix Users Group.

Kristin Griffin

Kristin Griffin

United States

Kristin is a managing partner of RDS Gurus Consultancy, a consulting firm specializing in Remote Desktop Services (RDS) implementations and benchmarking for both on-premise and cloud deployments. Also a writer, she co-authored the Microsoft Windows 2008 Server Terminal Services Resource Kit and the Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services Resource Kit. She has also written several RDS benchmarking white papers. She currently blogs at www.rdsgurus.com.

Kristin has been a Microsoft MVP for Remote Desktop Services (Enterprise Mobility) since 2009 and a Parallels VIPP since 2016.

Also an inventor, Kristin currently has two creations she is working on. In her spare time, she enjoys her family, power tools, and soccer—not all at once.

Remko Weijnen

Remko Weijnen

The Netherlands

Remko Weijnen is an EUC Specialist for Cloudhouse with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. With a developer background and a specializing interest in security and application and desktop delivery, Remko has become a renowned professional within the Dutch channel. He is a co-founder of the Dutch Citrix User Group.

Ruben Spruijt

Ruben Spruijt

The Netherlands

Ruben Spruijt is field chief technology officer at fra.me, responsible for driving vision, technology evangelism, and thought leadership with Frame customers, partners, and communities. Mr. Spruijt is a well-regarded author, speaker, market analyst, technologist, and all-around geek. An established industry leader and luminary, he is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), NVIDIA GRID Community Advisor, VMware vExpert, and was in the Citrix CTP program from 2008–2017.

He has presented more than 250 sessions at national and international events such as BriForum, Citrix iForum Japan, Citrix Synergy, Gartner Catalyst, Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft TechEd, NVIDIA GTC, and VMworld. Mr. Spruijt founded several independent industry analysis bodies including Project Virtual Reality Check (VRC), Team Remote Graphics Experts (TeamRGE), and AppVirtGURU. He has written and co-authored multiple disruptive ‘Smackdown’ research whitepapers. Ruben is an advisor for various start-ups in mobile, community cloud industry, and remote user experience analytics.

He is based in the Netherlands where he lives with his wife and three kids.

Shane Kleinert

Shane Kleinert

United States

Shane Kleinert is a senior solutions architect for Choice Solutions. In this role, he leads end-user computing efforts in the southeast region. Over his 14 years of enterprise IT experience, Shane has come to specialize in Citrix, Microsoft, VMware, and hyper-converged technologies. In 2014, Shane was awarded the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award for his expertise in Citrix and community efforts. He was recently awarded the Nutanix Technology Champion (NTC) award.

Silvio Di Benedetto

Silvio Di Benedetto

Italy

Silvio Di Benedetto is the owner of Inside Technologies, specializing in private and public clouds, virtualization, backup and disaster recovery, security and identity management, and collaboration and mentoring for products based on Microsoft, Veeam, and Parallels.

Very active in the IT Pro communities, Mr. Di Benedetto is the owner and community lead of windowserver.it (named the Microsoft Community of the Year in 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014), Veeam User Group Italy, and Azure Community. Since 2008, he organizes high-level IT Pro conferences, like Server Infrastructure Days and Technical Cloud Day.

Since 2012, he is Microsoft MVP for cloud and datacenter management, and since 2015 is Veeam Vanguard.

Thomas Poppelgaard

Thomas Poppelgaard

Denmark

Technology evangelist and independent consultant Thomas Poppelgaard is a Microsoft MVP and Citrix Technology Professional virtualization and graphical specialist who helps businesses adopt new technologies. Thomas is a speaker at conferences, webinars, seminars, and roadshows and has presented at events as varied as Citrix Synergy, BriForum, NVIDIA GTC, HPE Discover, and E2EVC.

Trond Eirik Håvarstein

Trond Eirik Håvarstein

Brazil

Trond Eirik Håvarstein (aka Eric) is a Citrix consultant specializing in Citrix and Microsoft technologies. With great passion for virtualization, he offers the virtualization solutions best suited for the user's needs. As an author, blogger, and speaker, Eric has grown a reputation for insight in both South America and his native Norway.

Gael Corlay

Gaël Corlay

France

With over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, Gaël has worked in France on many infrastructure projects, designing and implementing a wide range of technologies around virtualization, networking, cloud computing, automation, and containers. Founder of Coretek in 2007 and now co-founder of ILKI, Gaël is the CTO and focuses on designing cloud architectures.

Gaël teaches in two engineer schools, EFREI and ESIEE, teaching technologies like Infrastructure as a service, Networking SDN/NFV, Container as a service, automation, and orchestration. She is a regular speaker at French events.

Julien Sybille

Julien Sybille

France

With over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, Julien has worked in France and Canada on numerous evaluation, design, and implementation projects for end-user IT solutions. He has extensive experience in technologies such as Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop (CCE-V certified) and Microsoft RDS. He was also a big contributor to the Norskale Vuem solution (officially known as Citrix WEM). Since 2014, Julien has been a partner of ILKI, a French company specializing in cloud computing architecture.

Cláudio Rodrigues

Cláudio Rodrigues

Canada

Cláudio is a senior technical architect and consultant based in Ottawa, Ontario. He has been deploying server-based computing solutions since the OS/2-based, Citrix WinView days. Thanks to his contributions to the terminal services community, he was the first person to ever receive the Microsoft MVP award for terminal services. He was the CEO of Terminal-Services.NET, the company that originally developed tools such as WTSGateway Pro and WTSPortal. Cláudio was also the CEO of TSFactory, the first company ever to release an ICA/RDP session recorder for Citrix/TS. His main goal was to bring easy-to-use, reliable, and affordable tools to the server-based computing market. Cláudio has worked all over the world doing terminal services and Citrix deployments, speaking at many different and interesting places. After leaving Parallels in February 2006, he now works on new and exciting products and ideas for the TS community at WTSLabs Inc. In his spare time, he offers consulting work, conducts on-site trainings, and speak at conferences.