Well, looks like its that time of year again! The biggest virtualization event of the year is one week away and this will be my 8th year at the event.
What are some of my top items on my to do list? Well, as always – there is the networking aspect of it that I find to be the most valuable. Meeting all the great social media folks that I’ve known for nearly a decade and to hear what they are up to nowadays and talk shop.
Another top item on my list is to hit the solutions exchange floor opening night and see what’s new (or what hasn’t been announced yet) from the SE’s that work the booths. There is a section off to the side every year that showcases all the new companies and they are at smaller kiosks. I encourage you to go check them out since you never know who the next big player in the market will be. I’ve witnessed first-hand the transition some of these organizations have made to one of the 10×10 booths they sit in today.
I am simply amazed at how close this community is and never thought that I would meet so many people that share the same passion for technology that I do. Just witnessing the personal career growth of these individuals has been awesome. So many that have started on the customer side and are now product evangelists for various vendors, independent consultants that are in the field every day and of course figure heads for VAR’s all over the globe.
The fun (for me) starts with VMunderground Sunday night that has experienced tremendous growth in popularity over the years. I remember going to one of the first few events they held back in the late 2000’s where there was enough room upstairs at the Thirsty Bear to hold it. Now it has opening acts and is a monster of a party to kick off the week. Hats off to the group for organizing this every year!
I’m sure most of you have your schedules filled to the brim by this time and hope to see many of you this year!
See you there!