My experience with this kind of event comes with much hesitance for me. I’m uncomfortable in an environment with a throng of people. Here’s a crazy fact about me: I learned the word “throng” from when I read Scarlet Letter. Many people in this case is about 2,500 people at booths and wandering around trying to sell stuff and ask for advice. It’s a sales thing, but the reason I’m going is for the sessions and to challenge my fears. I’m here to soak in all the information about new features as well as upcoming features for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and put myself in front of potential clients or just casual inquirers about our product line.
I woke up in a mad dash to finish up washing clothes and packing. My flight was at 2:35 PM and I’m running around like crazy to get my things ready. After my last round of dried clothes are laid out on my bed, I make sure I have everything again and just in time to leave the house to head to the airport. I hate being a procrastinator.
Any way, I land, grab a little snack and met up with Kevin to wander around the strip. We picked up some drinks and checked out the Mirage’s new Volcano show. It’s freaking awesome. After little debating, we went to Wolfgang Puck. Everything was just freaking awesome.
The best session today was “Common Mistakes When Using Operations Manager and How To Avoid Them.” The speaker, Cameron Fuller from Catapult Systems, was very engaging: kudos to him. Tonight was a chill night with the Rockets. Too bad we lost, but its a home game coming up Thursday!
Sessions were good, but it seems like some speakers shouldn’t be speakers. I know I’d be horrible at it, so I know I’d never do it. Speakers need to learn to vocalize, hell it’s the most important thing to keep your audience awake. Good material can be presented in a monotone voice and makes it completely a bore. I also found it a little interesting that the speakers who loved to take in questions mid-sentence and interact with the audience to be the most effective. Other speakers who wanted to keep Q&A at the end seemed to be really focused, maybe a little too focused about what they were presenting rather than how the audience was taking it in. Any way, dinner with the company at David Burke was awesome. Thanks, Secure Vantage for taking care of us!
I finally hit the slots, up $30. Thanks to Wheel of Fortune and some random penny slots game I found interesting.
NEVER have a cappuccino after dinner, EVER. I barely slept and was up at 4:00 AM for no reason. I tried going back to bed, but no success until around 6:00 AM. Today’s session was “Lousy Network Performance: Top 10 reasons the Network is Slow” by Laura Chappell. I’m definitely going to check out the tool she showed off, Wireshark. I’m also going to try it out on our network to see how we perform.
GO ROCKETS! Man, 12 years is a long time…
|Last day and flight is at 6:25 PM. There are no shows during the day, so all we did was gamble and watch some sports. I was really glad to finally get out of there before I lost any more money.|