Nerd Journey Bonus 01: VMworld 2018 Experiences, Vendor Announcements, and More Professional Networking at Conferences

Welcome to bonus episode 1 of the Nerd Journey Podcast [@NerdJourney]! We’re John White (@vJourneyman) and Nick Korte (@NetworkNerd_), two VMware Solutions Engineers who are hoping to bring you the IT career advice that we wish we’d been given earlier in our careers. In today’s episode, we discuss our recent experiences at VMware’s user conference (VMworld 2018), reasons to pay attention to  vendor announcements at major conferences, and our observations of how the VMware community was executing professional networking at VMworld.

Original recording date: 2018-09-07

Topics

2:10 VMworld 2018 Experiences

17:10 Tracking Annoucements at Vendor Conferences – Why do you care?

  • My problems vs. all the problems that vendors see
  • See what the vendors see in industry trends
  • Pay attention to vendor vision statements
    • Example: Virtual Desktop vs. Digital Workspace
  • Staying relevant for future direction of technology for your current and next job
  • General industry conferences instead of IT conferences
  • Investigating where your training plan adjacencies might be

27:25 Observing How Others Leverage Conferences for Networking

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