For those of you that know me, you know I am an avid technology conference attendee. But the other day someone asked me why I enjoy conferences when “they just try to sell you stuff”. So in anticipation of VeeamON 2019, the next conference I hope to attend, I figured I would answer that question in a blog post.
The Break Out Sessions
Everyone knows the keynotes of technology conferences can be a spectacle and very entertaining, but what can I personally take back that helps me in my day to day job? The answer is breakout sessions. They provide pertinent information to my daily job, as well as providing me insight into future trends of which I might not be aware. For example, at the upcoming VeeamON, here are the breakout sessions I’m interested in:
- Let’s Manage Agents. This is a practical session on agents, a topic that cannot be addressed too often if you are a storage admin.
- Automate Yourself Out of a Backup Job — Advanced PowerShell & API Usage. Leaning towards the future, Veeam is providing relevant topics that guide me towards what I should be learning and how I can consume the API using tools I already know (PowerShell).
- Veeam ONE Deep Dive on New Capabilities. I like new stuff. What can I say?
- Cloud Native Backup Made Easy with Veeam Availability for AWS. Do you do cloud? I do.
The Technical “Rock Stars”
Every conference has speakers who are well known within the technology community, technology “rock stars.” But these rock stars are not of the “Don’t bother me” breed. Instead I have found they are approachable and actually enjoy discussing their work. Four guys I’m looking forward to seeing are:
- Michael Cade
- Anthony Spiteri
- Rick Vanover
- Joe Hughes
Last But Not Least, The People
If you don’t meet at least 50 new people at a conference, you are missing out. Some of the most exciting and life changing experiences have come from people who I met at conferences. It opens a whole new world professionally and personally. There is no better place to network and grow friendships than in a setting where most everyone loves what you love and does what you do. There really is no barrier to meeting new people. The setting lends itself to a conversation. So if you have the chance to go to a conference, DON’T MISS IT!
P.S. Special mention for all you certification junkies out there, like myself: Veeam offers 50% off Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) trainings at the conference!
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you there! @virtualjamey