I attended last week’s VMware Forum at Wembley, staffing the VMUG booth. As a leader of London VMUG, I was asked by Jean Williams from VMware if I could volunteer to staff the booth to promote our local VMUG and to recruit new members. Our chair, Alaric Davies, was also able to attend for the day, and it was great to see a contingent of our members stopping by and chatting to prospective members about the value of joining London VMUG, including Luke Munro, Ricky El-Qasem, Simon Eady and Simon Davies. Although we only had a small booth, we were very busy during the breaks between the keynote and the break out sessions. I think we must’ve signed up over 50 new members, but the results of the scanning we did will be divulged later this week.
Having attended last year, the layout was much more conducive in the Bobby Moore Suite to networking and chatting – previously it was crammed packed with lots of sponsors and bigger booths. This year VMware UK marketing had decided upon a tad fewer sponsors with smaller booths to allow for better movement around the hall.
Joe Baguley – a tremendous supporter of all things VMUG, in particular our London meeting and our national UK user conference – stopped by to say “Hi” after his keynote and to confirm that the 21st November is already in his diary! I had the pleasure of sitting in on Joe’s keynote earlier in the day; as ever it was informative and entertaining with snails, kittens and chickens making their usual appearance 🙂 Other VMware VMUG supporters, such as our honorary committee member Martyn Storey, Mark Stockham, Matt Piercy and Brian Gammage were at the event and was great to catch up with them all, albeit briefly.
It was also great to see old friends Roger Baskerville from PHD Virtual and Scott Bennett from Liquidware Labs – we all used to work together in the good ol’ days of Vizioncore (pre-Quest and pre-Dell!) I also caught up with Heather Lock from NetApp, Heather used to work for me during my tenure at Citrix and I hopefully have convinced her to get NetApp to sponsor the London VMUG as we’ve never had them sponsor our local meeting 🙂
Two of the companies I work with, Nutanix and VMTurbo were both in attendance, with Nutanix basking in the glory of having just been announced as a Gartner Cool Vendor and VMTurbo’s newly hired VP Worldwide Sales, Chris Reisig, attending his first VMware Forum, in between conducting interviews for newly created sales positions in the UK.
All in all, a busy, enjoyable day – great for networking and great for signing up new members. However, not too sure there was any real ‘meat’ for the attendees in the sessions, some of whom I spoke to said the same, good for networking but nothing really new.
Don’t forget to mark your diaries for the next London VMUG, 4th July and for our UK User Conference 21st November, all details can be found at www.vmug.com !