I am one of the lucky that went to VMWorld Europe, since the time when it was called TSX (2006) in EuroDisney, covering the events with blog posts, videos and pictures about breakout sessions, agenda's sessions, Solution Exchange and Hands on Labs (see previous posts back in this blog).
I really enjoy the time spent @VMWorld as, beyond the event, there is a lot of customers and prospects engagement: you are there for work, not just to have a week off the office or to enjoy the city!
Barcelona is a very beautiful place to visit but you can do it after the event. There is a lot of spare time in the night (if you are not blogging...), and the vendors at the Solution Exchange are very keen to invite to exclusive night parties
So, go to the general VMworld site and have a look at what you can be interested! You have not to register to have a full look at the VMworld Content Catalog
Anyway, the list below is what I would expect from VMworld EU this year:
some deep dive on:
- NSX (Network Virtualization
- vCHS (Vmware Cloud Hybrid Service)
- VMware Mirage / Horizon (EUC in general)
More seats at:
- Hands on Labs
- Panel Sessions
Now some advice for who have decided to register to VMWorld Barcelona: I take these from Cristopher Kusek (@cxi) blog, and he post speaking about SFO event, but most of the advices are the one that I would have given, based on my previous experiences; in red comments of mine to distinguish from SFO event.
Must Have Items to Pack and Consider:I will consider reading also a post about all (technical) events netiquette by @drjmetz and put a strike on Christopher's statement: "Don't be an idiot!"
- Comfortable Shoes: I cannot stress this enough (I feel like I’ve said it before, and I have, and I’ll say it again, Oh and again.) BRING COMFORTABLE SHOES!. Whether you’re sticking ENTIRELY to the show floor or you walk outside anywhere (a lot of the events are OFF-Site at times) you’ll find yourself walking. Not only walking streets, but hills and environments the likes of which Cable Cars were designed for! So bring your comfortable shoes; You can thank me later! The advice is valid for Barcelona, too (except for environments designed for Cable Cars): consider that, if you are really interested in VMworld event, and you are going to network with client/prospects, follow the Breakouts, Solution Exchange and Agenda's sessions and Panel sessions, you are going to walk, at least 7 Kilometers a day, such I do last year).
- Bring Business Cards: I know who you are, I met you, you’re the guy who has a QR code! You’re all SCAN MY QR CODE TO GUARANTEE WE’LL NEVER TALK EVVVEEEEEEEERRRRRR!!!! It’s true, it’s serious. People don’t exchange QR codes and remember each other. You don’t enter that random contest to win an iPad or a Nexus 7 by giving them your QR code in a bowl. You exchange Business Cards. Deal with it. Oh and PACK SOME BUSINESS CARDS! All true, no additions.
- Laptop: If you don’t need your laptop because you’re not going to be working while at the show, leave it at home. If you bring your laptop because you need to work (like me) and you want to accomplish anything of relevance, LEAVE IT IN YOUR ROOM. The last thing you need to do is worry about where your laptop is, especially because once you bring it, you will NEVER take it out of it’s case when you hit the show floor, less than 3% of people do. (Exceptions: Blogger, Analyst and other folks who specifically are demoing and using the laptop at set intervals) Save yourself grief though and leave it in the Hotel room, or leave it at home. No additions on this, too.
Keep follow me on the blog for new posts about VMworld 2014 and if you're going to attend VMworld Barcelona 2014, remember that Early Birds discount are expiring in two days (Aug the 3rd 2014), well... 1 day and a half!!!