Is VMworld and other vendor conferences worth your personal investment


vmworld2013Last year, I considered going to VMworld to cover it for VirtualizedGeek.com and I was in the middle of helping to launch a community Cloud based on vCloud so, it made sense from a professional perspective as well. I decided not to go because I was in the middle of a large video conference system deployment and just couldn’t get away.  My company at the time was a VMware government partner so there was value to be had in asking my employer to flip the bill for the conference.

This year, I work for a very large consulting company that likes to maintain their independence from vendors they may evaluate including VMware.  So, I wouldn’t be able to get them to sponsor my VMworld conference fees and expenses.  This got me to thinking if I’d be willing to flip the bill for VMworld myself.  The conference is basically $1500 plus travel expenses from Chicago.

I’d look at this as a personal investment in my education and expanding my knowledge not just about VMware products but the whole Cloud and Data Center ecosystem.  There is great value in the tools I’d acquire but the question is can I discover the same products and tools outside of vendor hosted conferences such as VMworld?  I believe the answer to the question is yes but with a little more work on my part.

There is also the social part of VMworld which no matter how active you are on Twitter you just can’t replace that in-person interaction with the people you see everyday virtually on the social networks.    So, I guess the bottom line is do I want to pay $1500 to meet you guys and gals 🙂

I’d like to know if you guys are willing to pay your own way to vendor conferencing?

Published by Keith Townsend

Now I'm @CTOAdvisor

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