VMworld 2015 – Planning

It’s that time of year again, time for thousands to flock to San Fransisco, at the Moscone convention center for VMworld.

If you haven’t, be sure to register!

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This year, will be my 4th year at VMworld – and preparing ahead of time makes for a much better trip.  So, here’s my tips for a more successful visit.

  • Wear layers and bring a jacket.
    • Yes, You will be in California, but San Francisco is a little different.  Here, the temperature drops quite a bit once the sun goes down.
  • Comfortable shoes are a must!
    • Do not under estimate the amount of walking you will be doing here.  Bring a pedometer to tracks to miles!
  • Use the Schedule Builder and sign up now for the sessions!
  • Attend some of the parties.
    • Seriously – this is the best way to meet peers in the community in person and to make new connections!
    • Andreas Lesslhumer has a great list of the gatherings
  • Visit the Solutions Exchange
    • This is the time when the vendors all release new products and features – stop by the booths to get the lowdown and some demos.
    • Don’t forget to browse the outer ring – this is where the new and some up and coming products show up!
  • Meet people!
    • A little redundant to the above bullet, but worth repeating.  This is a great time to meet others who deal with the same problems everyday.
    • Looking for a job?  There are vendors that are interviewing all week looking for new talent.
  • Bus tours
    • Never been to San Fran before?  a bus tour is the best way to see everything the city has to offer – allowing you to hop on and off to visit sites like the Golden Gate Bridge, and Fisherman’s Wharf.
  • Hands on Labs:
    • These labs are a great time to get some hands on experience with numerous VMware products and partner solutions.

 

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