With VMworld less than a week away I thought it might be a good Idea to post some tips that I have learned over the years.
Take time to build your Schedule.
This year’s schedule builder is a lot more user friendly than in years past. While you cannot sign up for multiple sessions, in the event that you do choose overlapping sessions the schedule builder will bring up both abstracts and let you choose between the two. Remember these are going to be 1 hour over views and it is tough to do a deep dive into any product in an hour. The schedule builder also has a lot more filters that it will let you sort by. Personally I enjoy the meet the experts and Panel sessions.
You can build your schedule here. https://www.vmworld.com/schedulebuilder-login.jspa
Block off time for the labs.
The labs are by far the reason most people go to VMworld so plan accordingly. This is not a session that you can come in early and camp out for the day. After you complete each lab, you have to get up, get back in line and wait before you can get to the next Lab. The Labs are usually in a different area than most of the breakout sessions and keynote areas and have been less busy during the early mornings and lunch times in the past.
Get to the Keynotes
The keynotes offer a lot of insight into what VMware has been working on and will be launching over the next year. This is usually a packed house so get there 15 or 20 minutes early if you want to be near the front.
I am really interested in listening to the CEO round Table on Monday night. When else are you going to have a chance to hear Paul Maritz, Pat Gelsinger, Joe Tucci, Michael Dell and Tom Georgens .
Network, Network, Network
There will be nearly 20,000 people in San Francisco for VMworld 2012. You will have product managers, peers and developers. Take time to build relationships with them. Follow up with an e-mail I remember several years ago walking past someone standing alone at a vExpert party. I stopped and asked why this person was not talking with anyone at the event. As it turns out this person had been on the show floor all day and was just exhausted. However, we started to have a great conversation and it turns out this person was the cto and founder of Unidesk, Chris Midgley. We had a great conversation and he also took the time to tell me how he started Unidesk and as well as explain how venture capital funding worked. To me it was an awesome discussion and it never would have taken place if I had just walked by.
Choose the after parties you want to early and sign up for them.
While VMworld it about the technology, a lot of the real information sharing takes place after hours. People share What they have learned and the companies who’s products you are buying want to thank you for being a customer. Just don’t over-do it or you will end up missing some of the best parts of the show.
This year I have signed up for several
Now if you are not able to make it to VMworld join us on October 24th at the Royal Plaza Hotel and Conference Center for our annual Fall Forward event where we will share with you the best of VMworld