Confessions of a Conference JBOB

Events and conferences are great for meeting face to face with customers, industry colleagues and community members. It’s also great to meet new folks interested in the IT themes and trends of the event or conference. Everyone has such unique experiences and stories to share. The congregation of influencers, thought leaders, innovators and customers make the events. For those of us, who deliver the experience, there’s a slightly different perspective than as an attendee.

Event work begins many months earlier. In some cases, a full year before the event. Meetings start showing up on the calendar and the cadence gets more pronounced as the event draws near. More meetings and more people to create the execution plans that cover deliverables, KPIs, and responsibilities. For all that work, there is nothing locked into place until the event actually takes place. Everything is fair game until payment is made. And even then, flexibility is key as schedules get shuffled and moved. The norm is usually a double shift at event to get work done and deliver world-class customer engagements. All in the life of a conference JBOB – just a bunch of bacon 🙂


The Aftermath of VMworld 2012

I’ve been catching up on expense reports, emails and daily ops. The following video provides some glimpses into the points of emphasis at VMworld 2012. It will be an interesting second half of the year as work flows & processes turn into execution of end-to-end solution stacks. The Stack Wars are in full swing.

SMB: Small Medium Business Doesn’t Mean Small and Medium Feature Set

In Episode 26 of ‘So Say SMEs,’ I covered Small and Medium Business (SMB) with my co-host, Todd Muirhead. The point that I wanted to make was that regardless of how the SMB is classified by a company i.e. size of company or size of company spend, the needs of SMB are similar to departments in large enterprise, public, and Global 500. For instance, to enable availability, backup and disaster recovery, the SMB still needs the similar features that larger entities would require. The base feature sets to be implemented and integrated into data centers are essentially the same, whether you are SMB or not. Keeping this in mind, the focus should not be on the classification of SMB but rather on the features that enable the SMB to efficiently run their business and grow their business. Let me know what you think.

‘So Say SMEs’ and ‘Solutions by Engineers for Engineers’

What’s the difference between So Say SMEs in Virtualization and Cloud (SSS) and Solutions by Engineers for Engineers (SEE)?

SSS is a high level, impromptu conversation about the latest tech trends in virtualization and cloud. The topic is broad. It is not meant to be a technical deep dive. On the other hand, SEE is a technical deep dive on a specific topic. It’s focused on a single topic.