With VMworld just around the corner, I am really getting excited (as I normally do for this event) and have been trying to line up all the sessions, labs and events that are planned for next week. In the past, I have always stuck to my schedule and attended most of the breakout sessions on my itinerary and found great value in terms of product implementation. After the sessions, I try to catch the presenter to pick his or her brain a little further on some tangible uses for the technology that they talked about, just to get a good understanding of the general use cases for it. Last year, I spent more time in the hands on labs (with vCD especially) and found them to be very well executed and easy to follow.
This year, I plan to spend a lot of time in the labs as well as the whiteboard kiosks that are generally spread around the conference. These “gatherings” are a great way to brianstorm and interject scenarios on how these products ars leveraged.
Being a new VMUG leader, I also plan to spend some time at the VMUG booth on the solutions exchange floor to meet existing and well as potential new members. The solutions exchange is a great place to spend some quality time with vendors from all over that have either a different approach for your implementation or to potentially lead you down the right path for your organization. I generally spend about 2-4 hours there each day and try to hit every booth to see what is out there and who made the effort to be there for the conference.
This will be my 5th year at VMworld and I think that it will be the best yet. I am very excited to connect with my social media circles (no Google pun intended) and to hang out in the bloggers lounge.
Stop by the VMUG booth if you have time to say hi!