DellEMCWorld 2016 Summary

OK, I’m back in the airport waiting to head home. I figured I’d think about my experience compared to other IT conferences I’ve been to. First it wasn’t a bad conference, but just different than what I am used to. Here’s what I came up with:

  1. The mobile app was good
  2. Check in was smooth.  Something different, on check in you got a badge. That’s it. Nothing else. No bag, or all the junk that’s usually in them. No tshirt, no pen, no event documentation.  That was a first for me.  That should have tipped me off to the type of conference it is.
  3. The sessions were good, wished they had more around Sonicwall. They had a lot of interesting Hands On Labs if you like that, they usually bore me.
  4. The expo floor was different than any of the others.  No gimmicky booths or pretty girls trying to scan your badge and it was smaller.   I didn’t even come out with a tshirt, not that that’s a bad thing.
  5. More on the expo floor,it was great because it was all focused around Dell products and a lot of them. You could learn everything there was to know about Dell and Dell Technologies. 
  6. Social events were plenty and the ones I attended from both Dell and vendors were great.
  7. Next year they move to Vegas!!