It is almost time for our annual signature event at the Silicon Valley VMUG. There has been much soul-searching about putting together a useful and meaningful agenda for our attendees, hectic planning sessions with VMUG HQ, the anticipation and angst regarding participation from members and partners alike, and the last-minute preparations tying up any loose ends. It is now time for the event to unfold, to experience and learn from it for the following years.
Participation in UserCons is a key membership benefit to all VMUG members at no cost. UserCons offer attendees with a wide range of choices from VMware and partner educational sessions, an Exhibit Hall with exhibits from 50+ partners, and morning and afternoon keynote sessions delivered by reputed speakers in the industry. What is more, VMUG has you covered with breakfast, lunch, and coffee – you can spend the entire day attending sessions, previewing the Solutions Center, and networking with fellow attendees.
Based on member feedback, we have updated the agenda with a number of new and updated sessions. We have big names for keynotes – Kit Colbert and John Troyer, but we also have great breakout sessions from VMware and partners with compelling educational content. New this year is a Demo Zone, where selected partners offer short demos. This provides a quick and compelling technical overview, which gets the conversation started. We have Nick Marshall and Josh Atwell, authors of “Mastering VMware vSphere 6” doing a book signing during lunch. While you can engage in discussion with the authors, and get your copy signed by them, we are also offering 30 copies of this book to our members – will you be a lucky winner?
Some key facts from previous UserCon attendees (info collected from attendee surveys)
- 99% of attendee survey respondents plan to return
- 98% would recommend events to a colleague
- 85% of attendees are decision makers / influencers within their organizations
Attendees also mentioned these as their primary reasons for attending
- Build Relationships with VMUG Members
- Learn about the latest solutions to their VMware installations
- Share their Knowledge
There are also loads of other prizes on offer, including VMUG Advantage subscriptions, gift cards, and Two Home Labs (who wouldn’t like to win these?). The VMware vCloud Air team will be sponsoring a VMUG member reception after the event. If you are still on the fence after reading all of this, kindly view the video below to hear first-hand from attendees and partners about their experiences.
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I hope to see you there. Follow the tweets at #svvmug and #MyVMUG