It’s official. Citrix’s CVP program is "no longer being pursued." This is a huge mistake.
I’ve written about the program several times over the past few years. Ron Oglesby and I originally suggested that Citrix should start some kind of professional recognition program after we were both awarded Microsoft MVP status. Microsoft’s MVP program is so fantastic that we felt that all major vendors should do this. (Provision Networks followed shortly with their own program, called the “VIP” program.)
Citrix claimed to be working on a program of their own (called the “CVP” program), but their claims were never anything more than words. (I started to publicly wonder about this in June 2004.) They missed deadline after deadline and produced no indication that they were ever seriously working on creating such a program. In fact, there has been no public word about the CVP program in over six months. Now I’ve learned that Citrix is officially not pursuing the CVP program, and they feel that the customer advisory council and certification programs fulfill the needs of the industry.