Viva Las Vegas: Dell Technologies World 2018
30/05/18 | in: Event Roundup | by: Jack Blogg
How would I describe Dell Technologies World 2018? A slick, friendly, incredibly well organised learning experience, 11 out of 10!
There’s 14,000 customers, partners and employees, all there to absorb knowledge, expertise, share experience and have fun.
From endless supplies of cookies, ice-creams and coffee, to hosting spectacular evening events, including Pitbull at the Wynn Encore hotel and the unforgettable Sting at the Venetian, I am just in awe of how efficiently Dell host this event. No expense seemed to have been spared this year.
The event featured four 1-hour lectures daily, along with keynotes every day at 10am, including from Ashton Kutcher and the awesome Jeffrey Wright (Felix Leiter, Westworld and Twitter buddy), who delivered a moving talk with Dr Albert “Skip” Rizzo on “Project Bravemind” which included a demonstration of an interactive VR system helping recovery from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
Overall, there were 378 sessions covering Technology, Leadership, Code and Modern Ops, where around 20 to 30 of the sessions run concurrently over 4 floors of lecture theatres in the Venetian Hotel.
My intention this year was to attend more of the “highfalutin” sessions. Kubernetes was of interest, but due to clashes, I only managed ones on MultiCloud and Digital Transformation, which the latter from a practical perspective was hugely detailed and therefore actually very useful.
Instead, I attended the Isilon, VxBlock, and Unity sessions, ones that gave me nuggets of information and customer experiences about the products I talk about on a regular basis. Last year, I spent much of my time on as many hyper-converged and network sessions as possible, but I felt pretty much on point with that this year, and there is so much to cover and take in over the 4 days, you simply cannot do it all.
My Top Tips for Attendees
- Book early to obtain free gift
- Fly Virgin, just better than BA, imo
- Fly in on Saturday, so you’re acclimatised for the week ahead
- Choose a hotel in walking distance from the Venetian or in the Venetian if you are lucky enough
- Collect pass on the Sunday afternoon, avoiding the Monday queues
- Locate the oversize bean bag area, only sensible place to relax during Keynotes
- Go for the grab and go lunch in the dining room (underground carpark), cracking sarnies and you don’t miss any of the 12-3pm lectures
- Attend the EMEA partner session or you’ll potentially miss out on a top nights entertainment
- Do whatever it takes to attend DellTechnologiesWorld 2019, it’ll be worth it
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