They are usually the ones in the background, that trusted pair of hands pulling the strings out of sight and out of mind.
But for Clinton Prentice, a thriving technical consultant at Computer Concepts Limited, his strong focus on cloud computing and his deep understanding of the technologies flooding the market has been rewarded.
In being accredited with VMware’s coveted vExpert status, Prentice sits alongside technicians who have demonstrated “significant contributions” to the VMware community and perhaps crucially, a willingness to share such expertise with others.
In a hotly contested space, judges select those who are engaged with their community and who have developed a substantial personal platform of influence in those communities.
Step forward Prentice, who builds on his vChampion award in 2015, alongside multiple VMware VCAP advanced certifications.
“It’s humbling and rewarding to be recognised for your work over time,” says Prentice, who joined the Christchurch-based company in January 2014.
“I’m very fortunate to work for a company like CCL, they invest in their staff and focus on the people and culture within the company.
“Without the support of CCL management this never would have occurred, putting me on major infrastructure projects that I could own, and them trusting me to deliver.”
Prentice joins a long list of VMware recognitions for CCL engineers, including Chief Technology Officer Jon Waite, who also received vExpert status in 2015.
“Having this depth and strength of technical expertise, experience and passion throughout the organisation, from our CTO right through our engineers, is part of what really sets CCL apart,” adds Andrew Allan, CEO, CCL.
“It’s part of our DNA as a company. This philosophy flows right through to our service desk which we staff with trained engineers who can deliver true first call resolution.”
CCL - recently acquired by Spark for $50 million - has grown from a one-man band 25 years ago to being one of the country’s leading business IT providers with over 200 staff nationwide.
Operating out of six different cities across New Zealand, with significant investment in data centre infrastructure and supporting services, Allan says the company has worked hard to foster a culture of innovation and creativity among staff.
“People are CCL’s greatest asset,” he adds. “Hire for passion, train for skill. For the last 25 years, we have prided itself on the people who work for us and the culture within the company. Our belief is simple - it’s all about the people.”
For years, Prentice says he always looked up to and read blog posts of VMware vExperts, holding them in “legend status”.
“To be recognised at this level is a major achievement for me,” Prentice adds.
“I’ve put a huge amount of my personal life into VMware products, learning, studying and always putting myself in the deep end to challenge myself.”
Since studying and working within the technology space for the best part of two decades, Prentice says he is consistently up-skilling himself to gain various certifications and qualifications.
“Clint is a truly talented guy,” Allan adds. “He’s a hard worker and delivers some of the best technical solutions available. Having people like him as part of the large CCL family makes this place hum.
“We are all very proud of Clint and what he’s achieved. He is a genuine asset to CCL as we continue to innovate and drive new solutions.”
CCL also took out the Cloud Partner of the Year award at the 2015 Reseller News ICT Industry Awards, held in Auckland last October.