For the last couple of years we had an Expert Program at VMworld. I was designated as an “knowledge expert” in 2012 and 2011 and as part of the expert program I delivered various “Group Discussion” sessions and did 1:1’s with customers. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, this program is typically opened up for scheduling after the regular sessions hence I want to inform everyone that the ability to schedule group discussions will be there again this year.
Those of you who were fortunate enough to be able to plan one of the Group Discussions can acknowledge this, Group Discussions are the most exciting sessions there are. Although typically the designated expert (VMware employee) will guide the discussions and there is a set topic, within those boundaries anything goes. So typically you will hear a lot of “customer problems / solutions / experiences” in these sessions, but also futures…
Just to give an example, for my group discussion I have invited Keith Farkas. Keith is the lead developer on HA and we will be talking HA futures, but primarily looking for your feedback to ensure that what the developers are building actually meets your needs! So if you want the scoop, make sure to sign up for our Group Discussion as soon as it opens up.
But not just my group discussion, there are a whole bunch of other awesome and knowledgeable guys part of this program, just to name a few: Lee Dilworth, Ken Werneburg, Cormac Hogan, Alan Renouf, Ray Budavari, Massimo Re Ferre and many many others. Make sure to sign up as soon as you can, as these Group Discussions typically fill up fast, and for a good reason!