Event Mania

Yes, we’ve entered that manic time of year, the IT event silly season!  This week sees IP Expo opening its doors for the first time at the ExCeL – personally I loved going to this event at Earls Court because it was an easy drive in for me; the ExCeL is the back and beyond of East London 🙁 But it’s going to be a great event! Tim Berners-Lee is the opening keynote and I’m really looking forward to that.  I shall be with my client, PernixData, on their stand E17 in the VMware partner zone.  PernixData has just announced the new version of its flagship product, PernixData FVP software, and will be demonstrating new features, such as Distributed Fault Tolerant Memroy, Adaptive network compression and much more. Watch a demo and you can enter the prize draw to win a Google Chromecast 4 times during each day, and 2 x driving experiences for 2 lucky people being drawn at 16.00 each day.  For in-depth details of version 2.0 of FVP software, I recommend reading Frank Denneman’s blog

Then on Sunday 12th, I shall be flying over to Barcelona for VMworld Europe. I, unfortunately, did not make it to the August event in San Francisco this year so am really looking forward to being in Barcelona to hear the latest news not just from VMware but from the eco-system vendors and to meet up with new and old friends.  As always, there is a plethora of community gatherings and, as a VMUG leader, I’m really looking forward to all the VMUG events and you will find me most days on the VMUG booth, so stop by and say hi.  I also intend to spend time in the hangspace, always a great place to catch up IRL with my tweeps 🙂  I will also be attending the vRockstar party on the Sunday night, what a great way to start proceedings.  I will also be spending some time with 2 of my clients that will be in the solutions exchange, Liquidware Labs, booth #141 and PernixData, booth #314.

I will be attending the first VMwomen event to be held at VMworld Europe, for any other female attendees wishing to attend, you can register for it in the schedule builder by searching for VMWOMEN (session ID and session title). Add the session to your personal schedule– select ‘Scheduling Options’ 
– select ‘+’ value next to day/time listing.

The final “big” event for me this year will be the annual UK VMUG User Conference.  Being on the committee this event takes a considerable amount of personal time, but is all worth it as, even leading up to the event, we’re getting tweets about the amazing line up of speakers and sponsors we’ve secured and I know this is going to be an awesome event.  This is our 4th year of running this user conference, in conjunction with VMUG HQ, and as it’s held in central England, at the National Motorcycle Museum, we get a lot of attendees that don’t usually attend a regular VMUG meeting.  If that sounds like you, register here and come along and have an informative, educational day for free!  We’ve got lots of prizes, including 10 prizes to access VMworld content, great industry speakers including VMware’s EMEA CTO, Joe Baguley and industry expert Chris Wahl as well as community and birds of a feather sessions that you just don’t want to miss.

Post November 18th I am planning to take a holiday!

VMworld – Defy Convention – in a Convention Centre!

I find this year’s ‘theme’ slightly paradoxical; we’ll be stuck in a convention centre for 4 days defying convention – yay right!

But, seriously, I’m looking forward to this 10th VMworld maybe more than any other prior event.  I was lucky enough to attend the very first VMworld 2004 in San Diego and be part of the global VMware marketing team that organised it.  I didn’t attend VMworld 2005 in Las Vegas, but since then have been at every US and EMEA VMworld, other than Copenhagen in 2011.  The content, the sponsors, the parties, they’ve all grown and morphed into an incredible yearly ‘pilgrimage’.

There’s been many blog posts about recommended sessions, advice for first-time attendees and which parties to attend, all of which are great reads.  For me, this year is about going as a VMUG Leader and SoMe attendee.  In all previous attendances I’ve been with a client and always worked the Solutions Exchange.  I will be in the Solutions Exchange this year at certain times on the VMUG booth (#1721), encouraging attendees to join the VMUG community and to meet with many existing members.

I’m looking forward to the vBrownbag TechTalks, hanging in the community area in the Hang Space and also to the vExpert daily podcast hosted by Michael Letschin.  It’ll be great to chat face-to-face with many of the tweeps I converse with in Twittersphere and the Hang Space will be the place to catch up with them all.

A track that is close to my heart is the Women of Purpose agenda.  Three dedicated VMware employees – JJ DiGeronimo, Sonal Patel and Kristin Heisner – host the main event, which is a two hour session on Monday 26th at the Marriott, where they bring together a number of female executives from some of VMware’s customers.  The agenda is always engaging and informative, so I’m very much looking forward to this part of my itinerary.

Other ‘women of purpose’ I’m looking forward to seeing again at VMworld are my good friends Susan Gudenkauf, Liselotte Foverskov and Lauren Malhoit, as well as Amy Lewis, Gina Minks and meeting Kasia Lorenc for the first time.

The community awesomeness will start for me on Saturday 24th when Susan and I will continue our VMworld ‘bubbles’ tradition and then head over to vBeers Tweetup at the Chieftan organised by the wonderful Simon Seagrave.

So I’ll be defying convention by continuing to immerse myself in the VMware community, looking forward to seeing many of you in a few weeks!