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VMworld 2013 Top 10 Tips for VMware TAM Program Attendees (And Others)

08 Aug 2013

VMworld 2013 San Francisco is approaching fast and will offer a full schedule of learning opportunities that will show you how virtualization and cloud computing can help you spend less time and money supporting underlying IT infrastructure and more time on areas that yield business and competitive value.

You will be empowered to take advantage of the best educational opportunity to expand your knowledge, maximize your investments, and gain a greater competitive edge with cloud and virtualization solutions all while having some fun in the process.

Check out our VMworld 2013 Top 10 Tips for VMware TAM Program Attendees (3-10 Are for Everyone Else!)

No. 1: TAM Day

Join us on August 25th for the one-day exclusive event for VMware Technical Account Manager (TAM) Program customers. VMware experts will discuss the best practices and innovative technologies that address the challenges IT departments face as they transition to support this era of technologies — end user computing infrastructure, optimization & management, and executive vision. You’ll even have the opportunity to discuss topics with solutions experts during the “birds of a feather” lunch.

Check out the VMworld 2013 (US) TAM Day Agenda and be sure to plan your travel and lodging accordingly – TAM Day starts at 10:00AM on the Sunday, August 25th.

No. 2: TAM Customer Central

As a part of our ongoing commitment to enhance your VMworld 2013 experience we are pleased to announce that TAM Customer Central is back for a second year!

This exclusive resource is available only to VMware TAM Services customers and is designed to ensure that you have the best possible experience throughout the conference.

There is an epic agenda set for one-on-one deep dive conversations and roadmaps with product managers and experts.

Don’t miss out! Review and discuss the VMworld 2013 (US) TAM Customer Central Guide with your Technical Account Manager and get ready to join us for these exclusive opportunities!

No. 3: Solution Exchange

The Solutions Exchange is undoubtedly the most action-packed part of VMworld.

The industry’s most forward-thinking IT solution providers convene in the expo space every year to showcase their innovative products and meet their customers and partners. Be sure to schedule your time and visit these sponsors. This is an amazing opportunity to explore and learn about new cloud-era innovations. Don’t just get your badge scanned – get a live demo, ask the difficult questions and get a datasheet or card so you can follow-up after the conference.

Booths range from the small pods to entire palazzos on the show floor. This year, over 300 exhibitors will be there for you to visit. The VMware booth will include technology demos, and expert bar, and theater presentations.

And – of course – get the swag and get registered for sponsor giveaways.

No. 4: Hands-On Labs

Each year the VMworld Hands-On Labs (HOLs) are a huge attraction at VMworld. This year will be no different as VMware continues to innovate and provide a user experience greater than any other in the industry. The HOLs are designed around typical customer use case and business scenarios. This allows conference attendees to have a hands-on experience exercising workflows that relate to real-world scenarios.

Take on the HOLs to get more in-depth knowledge of these innovative technologies that you want to learn more about. If you need help with a lab, flag down a lab captain to speak with a product expert.

Plus, you can take advantage of the the BYOD Lab Hot Spots across the VMworld Campus!

No. 5: Breakout Sessions

Choose from more than 300 Breakout Sessions covering topics such as the hybrid cloud, enabling IT as a service and delivering end-user freedom while maintaining IT control. Visit the VMworld 2013 Content Catalog today and explore the session topics, abstracts and presenters across a range of session tracks – IT transformation, applications, end-user computing, infrastructure, and operations as well as sponsor sessions.

The Schedule Builder allows you to register for the sessions you want to attend. In order to get into a session you must register. You will not be able to book multiple sessions as the same time. Registering doesn’t mean that you must attend but keep in mind that if you register and don’t attend someone else is missing the session.

There will be many must see sessions. If you review the content catalog and look at the presenters you will notice that presenters are experts – engineers, solution and consulting architects as well as product managers. Many of the names may be familiar to you and the community. Be sure to sign up, as these will fill up very quickly.

The good news is, that if it is a popular session it may be repeated on another day/time. Popular sessions will repeat at least once during the conference. Remember to check the schedule daily – the VMworld event staff will put out daily updates that show any changes, additions, and deletions to the schedule.

Be careful about scheduling sessions back-to-back. Sessions are spread out across the VMworld Campus and there is a chance that the next breakout session is a not near the last. If you’re registered for a session you should have a seat available but if you are late you might not be able to get in.

No 6. Get Trained. Get Certified.

Get to San Francisco early and immerse yourself in the unique training opportunities being offered at this year’s pre-conference training courses that run from August 20th to August 24th. Take advantage of these pre-conference training courses at 20% off the regular price.

These special course offerings are your chance to hone your skills with VMware solutions, meet the experts behind VMware products, and exchange ideas and best practices with IT professionals from around the world.

Registration for these VMworld pre-conference training classes is handled via the VMworld San Francisco registration system at www.vmworld.com.

Course Schedule

The VMware Certification Exam Center will be available this year. Sign up now and get 75% off all certification exams, including advanced certifications, taken during the conference.

Space is limited: Reserve your seat today!


*Please note: you must have authorization from VMware before you can register for these exams.

This is a great opportunity to validate your cloud and virtualization skills – at a significant discount.

No. 7: Connect

Stay connected with the VMworld 2013 Social Media Experience

VMworld 2013 is a powerful networking opportunity. Who you know has a huge influence on your success. Don’t miss out on this chance to build a professional network.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet with VMware engineers, architects, consultants and product managers, industry-leading analysts, bloggers, authors, peers and technology partners. Connect individually or in groups throughout the conference in Breakout Sessions, Hands-on Labs, Discussion Groups, the Hang Space, VMworld Party, Social Media.

It might be hard to read name tags so watch for the color scheme on the badge or lanyard. Each attendee will have a distinct color code that will identify their role. Pins are often used on the lanyards to identify special groups such as VMUG Leaders, vExperts and more. Lunch is also a great opportunity to meet new people.

VMware has an enormous social media community and we want you to be part of it. Stay tuned for a detailed update on how to follow all of the events, conversations, updates and recaps through social media – such as Blogs, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.!

VMware TAM Program Blog VMware TAM Program on Twitter - @VMwareTAM VMware TAM Program on Facebook VMware TAM Program on Google+

No. 8: Pack Smart

Business casual attire is appropriate for attending all General Sessions, Breakout Sessions and Hand-On Labs while casual attire is appropriate for the VMworld 2013 Party.

Be sure to have some comfortable shoes – you will be doing a lot of walking. You might also want to bring a small spare swag bag for all the stuff you take home.

No. 9: Social Events

We know how to have fun.

Welcome Reception – Sunday, August 25 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Start your time at the conference with good food and good conversation. Catch up with colleagues, talk to technology partners, bump into Knowledge Experts and enjoy some down time with professionals in your field at the Solutions Exchange.

Hall Crawl – Tuesday, August 27 | 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Enjoy a refreshing beverage while you see the latest products and services from over 250 exhibitors at the Solutions Exchange.

VMworld 2013 Party – Wednesday, August 28 | 7:30pm – 10:30pm

This year’s VMworld party is the culmination of our 10th annual celebration!Join your VMworld community at AT&T park, home of the San Francisco Giants, for an evening of fun, feasting, and fantastic entertainment. VMworld will transform the park with exciting carnival rides and interactive midway games with the stunning backdrop of the San Francisco Bay.

Imagine Dragons and Train will provide main stage entertainment and a 10th Annual finale awaits those who stay until the end.

Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons (frontman Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman) independently released three EPs, toured extensively, and racked up numerous best-of-Vegas awards. Then, earlier this year, the band made their major label debut with the release of their Continued Silence EP available on Grammy award winning producer Alex Da Kid’s (Eminem, Rihanna) label, KIDinaKORNER. From the epic slow-burn throb of “Radioactive” to the upbeat percussive intimacy of “On Top of the World” to the delicate blend of acoustic guitar and synthetic pop on “Round and Round,” the collection showcases Imagine Dragons’ signature diversity of sound and sentiment. “It’s Time,” the EP’s anthemic, emotionally bare, foot-stomping lead single has become Imagine Dragon’s calling card. And it’s the song that sets the tone for what’s to come as the band prepares to enter the studio this summer to record their full-length debut with Alex Da Kid.


Train’s current release is California 37 and features the double-platinum hit “Drive By” and platinum hit “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” and quickly rising single “Bruises.” The multi-platinum selling band made its mark on music history with the Grammy Award-winning song “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and chart-topping singles like “Meet Virginia” and “Calling All Angels,” earning its third Grammy in 2011 for the worldwide smash “Hey, Soul Sister” from Save Me, San Francisco. The top-selling single of 2010, “Hey, Soul Sister” hit #1 at radio in the US and in 15 countries abroad. Save Me, San Francisco has sold over one million albums worldwide and over ten million tracks. In addition to taking the sales and radio worlds by storm, Train has made numerous television appearances, performing on the NFC Championship Game, Daytona 500, American Music Awards, the Grammy Nomination Concert, Crossroads, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Monday Night Football, A&E Private Sessions, America’s Got Talent, The View, Dancing With The Stars, and Live With Regis and Kelly, Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Bachelor, Rachael Ray and more. Train also offers the award-winning wine label, Save Me, San Francisco Wine Company, and Save Me, San Francisco Chocolate (with Ghirardelli) with proceeds going to their charity of choice, San Francisco-based Family House. For more info go to SaveMeSanFrancisco.com.

Complimentary shuttle transportation from Moscone West to AT&T park will be provided, stay tuned for details.

Casual attire; summer in San Francisco can be cool, a jacket is recommended.

Want More Fun? (Of course you do!)

If you are still looking for something to do outside of the official VMware parties, ask around and monitor the social media venues. There will be a host of unofficial parties nearly every day.

Check out the schedule of Gatherings, Tweetups, Parties and Activities are posted and being updated regularly up to VMworld.

No. 10. Don’t Worry, It’s Recorded

The fact is that you can’t attend everything. So remember, the General Sessions and most Breakout Sessions are being recorded. The sessions and recordings will be posted and accessible to your account on www.vmworld.com in the coming weeks after VMworld 2013. Catch the sessions that you missed or repeat those ones you want to review again in the comfort of your own home or office.

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The VMworld 2013 conference promises to be an amazing event and the VMware TAM Services social media activity streams will be very active during the conference and the our exclusive TAM Services events. Tune in to contribute and experience this dynamic event in a whole new way.

See you at VMworld 2013!

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