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Day 2

Yesterday was very hectic due to the amount of people. Everyone in the same place at the same time. 30,000 people at the Keynote, then everyone went to the Expo. Then packed sessions. I didn’t even partake of the Welcome Reception because is was so crowded!

Today is better. People slept in, everyone didn’t need to be at the same place. Much more relaxing and less crowded.

Attended some good sessions:

  • Server 2019
  • Share point
  • Deploying Windows 10 updates

I even completed a hands-on lab (which I don’t like): “Integrate your on-prem Active Directory domain with Azure AD”

I’ve done this before, but I have an idea I can use in my current environment. The cloud is coming, need to be ready for the migration.

Lunch today was make your own pasta bowl, not good for my low carb diet, well neither is the beer. That reminds me, gotta go!


Just got out of the Keynote presentation by Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. It was informative, but not any news on new versions of software, hardware, etc. He did focus on Tech Intensity and how companies need to use new technologies and create new technologies.

MS is partnering with Adobe and SAP to promote open data. They want their customers to have open access the the data they have stored across applications and vendors. They don’t want your data “stuck in silos”

Satya even showed a customer experience video of a company I had partnered with at my previous job with Lifeline Foods. Buhler is an innovative corn milling equipment supplier that is using technology to provide real time data from the milling process.

ATTENDANCE: Holy Crap! 30,000+. Too many people.

Finally for today here’s the bag:

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!!

Day Two done, almost…

Ok I am on the shuttle back to my hotel after day two sessions. Morning started with the keynote highlighted by Michael Dell.  Dell and EMC will be great together, blah, blah.  But besides that a Very promising and informing message.  Some good case study videos.  After that were sessions, lunch and vendors. 

What I learned today:

  1. Attandance: 8000
  2. Performance / storage / expectations will increase 10x every 5 years
  3. Kids will “learn beyond the borders of the classroom.” If they have the right tools (office 365 classroom notebook)
  4. Don’t stay at the Airport Hilton for a conference.

I’m still on the shuttle…

First Day

I made it.

The first day is done and here is my summary.

  1. Not sure exact size but I’m thinking smaller than Microsoft Ignite. What I’m going on is the expo floor (less vendors, less crowded).  Next year it’s in Vegas. 
  2. Seems to be more of a “suit” crowd then an IT crowd. 
  3. Don’t stay at the Hilton Austin Airpot.  Nice place but too far away from the action. I usually stay at the Embassy Suites when I come to Austin, much better.
  4. Excited to hear Michael Dell tomorrow morning. 

On my way.

I am going to try my hand at blogging. 

I am currently sitting in the Dallas airport headed to Dell EMC World in Austin, TX. I have attended many other IT conferences but this is my first Dell.  My goal right now is to post at least once a day at the conference which shouldn’t be hard since it’s a short 2 1/2 days. 

Let me know if there is anything you want me to report about.  Thanks. 

I think I have everything I need right now.