On the hottest day of the year so far, we all assembled in the pews to listen to a number of sermons from chair, industry luminary, members and sponsors.
I loved Mike Laverick’s presentation. Mike is an ideal #feedforward mentor, as he has the skill of a true presenter – making the content applicable for the audience, captivating and engaging. Whilst usually presenting on topics of a technical nature, Mike did a thoroughly entertaining presentation on “when did turkeys ever vote for Christmas?”, it was a thought provoking presentation about fearing and/or embracing change, with good anecdotal evidence of career challenges and opportunities.
Next we had Luca Dell’Oca, technical evangelist from Veeam. As a committee we love the Veeam VMUG presentations, as they rarely focus on their products, but on topics that affect many companies and individuals in today’s IT world. Luca discussed SLA Confidential and was 40 minutes into his presentation before he even mentioned Veeam – great job Luca!
We then had an NDA session for end-users only, for the partners and vendors present we held a discussion group with Martyn Storey and was well received both by the attendees and Martyn as it was frank and informal. The conversation flowed so well, we overran by 10 minutes, thanks to all that took part.
After lunch we had our sponsor presentations, new to the London VMUG was ExtraHop and in the other session was a regular sponsor, Fusion-io. Both presentations were well attended and the twitstream highlighted some key takeaways 🙂
Matt Northam had secured some Real Ale for some lucky members, the winning criteria was to name a real ale and tweet it. Some of the suggestions were very creative with the winning submission – Hopper-V – from Julian Wood, who also submitted the most suggestions. Added a great community, fun twitter element to the day!
Atlantis was demonstrating their new USX solution in the labs, and produced one of the most well attended labs to date. We also had VMware sessions from Peter von Oven on Horizon 6 and vCOps from Matt Steiner – regular VMware presenters at VMUGs across the UK.
Final thanks and kudos goes to our 2 community speakers, Alex Galbraith and Sam McGeown – we salute you and admire your commitment to sharing your knowledge with your fellow members – great job!
Finally, we retired to the usual ale-house, with vBeers compliments of Bitdefender.
All presentations are now up at box.com/londonug and don’t forget the National UK User Conference, 18th November, more details here.
Thank you to everyone who signed my birthday card and for the English Champagne, Matt!! Not sure about this pic though that Si Gallagher took, particularly as Julian Wood tweeted this was the “before” pic!
Actually, the “after” was a bit messy too!