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TAM Day Presenters, Panelists and Moderators at VMworld 2012 (US)

Each year at the VMworld TAM Day event, the VMware Technical Account Manager (TAM) Program provides our customers exclusive access to the experts to discuss the best practices and innovative technologies that address the challenges IT and the business face as they transition to support this era of technologies — and this year's keynote, breakout sessions and birds or a feather sessions promise will be the best yet. 

The VMworld 2012 TAM Day Program Guide is available and the agenda focuses on end user computing infrastructure, optimization & management, and executive vision.

Below are the presenters, panelists and moderators for this excelusive event — if you haven't registered contact your Technical Account Manager today to register.

Presenters

Paul Strong, CTO, Global Field & Customer Initiatives
9:45 AM – 11:00 AM – Executive Keynote

Paul Strong is VMware's CTO for Global Field & Customer Initiatives. His team connects VMware R&D with VMware’s field organization, its partners and its customers, helping to change the way enterprises view and manage their business services and IT assets. Paul is a recognized leader within the IT industry, and is a regular keynote speaker and contributor of articles on the subjects of Grids and Clouds.

As a Distinguished Research Scientist at eBay, he was responsible for eBay's research into large distributed systems and how to manage them. Prior to joining eBay Paul architected and/or developed various software systems, including Sun's Solaris Containers, large scale B2B eCommerce systems, and large, distributed command and control systems. Strong sat on the board of directors of the Open Grid Forum (OGF), and was chairman from 2006-2008. Paul also sits on the technology advisory boards of a number of small startups, mature businesses, and government funded consortia. Paul holds a bachelors degree in Physics from the University of Manchester, in England.

Read the Blog: cto.vmware.com

Matt StepanskiVice President, Global Technology Solutions
11:10 AM – 12:00PM  - Technical Breakout: Cloud: Implementing Automation to Drive Change

Matt Stepanski serves as Vice President of VMware's Global Technology Solutions organization. In this capacity, Stepanski has responsibility for the development, production and marketing of the company's portfolio of Consulting Services & Tools and Education Services. In addition, the GTS organization contains the Global Centers of Excellence, teams of senior technical resources and thought leaders who architect and design the best practices, reference architectures and methodologies for VMware's emerging portfolio of technologies. For the past year and half, Stepanski was responsible for the WW Cloud Services team, which provided pre and post sales support to sell and build Cloud Computing platforms at some of our earliest Service Provider and Enterprise customers, capturing the IP and then enabling Field Operations and the VMware Partner ecosystem to scale.

Prior to joining VMware, Stepanski worked with Sun Microsystems for over 14 years, performing multiple roles in Sales, Operations and Services. In his last role, he was responsible for Sun's North American Professional Services organization, which he helped grow to a $300M business. Before entering the Technology industry, Stepanski worked in the Financial Services Industry for Smith Barney and Kidder Peabody.

Dino CicciarellSenior Director, Global Technology Solutions
11:10 AM – 12:00PM - Technical Breakout: Cloud: Implementing Automation to Drive Change

Dino Cicciarelli is Senior Director of the Global Technology Solutions, Centers of Excellence and leads a team of Specialized Global Pre and Post Sales Architects and Engineers for VMware. The Global Center of Excellence is responsible for knowing the latest technologies, building advanced integration solutions, supporting high profile customer accounts and ensuring our field, partners and engineering organizations benefit directly from the knowledge & experience. Before the Global Centers of Excellence, Cicciarelli lead a global team of Pre & Post Sales Cloud Architects within the Cloud Practice. The Cloud Practice was responsible for developing the architectures & services required to deploy the first Public and Private VMware IaaS Clouds at top Service Providers, Telco and Enterprise companies world wide. Before the Cloud Practice technical lead opportunity, Cicciarelli built and managed a world wide organization of Pre-Sales Solution Specialists focused on providing deep technical sales support for VMware's portfolio. Prior to the Director of Solution Specialist position, Cicciarelli was originally hired into VMware as the first Alliance Systems Engineer in 2002. During the subsequent 6 years, Cicciarelli developed and lead a world wide Technical Alliance Organization supporting and enabling VMware's OEM and ISV partners to sell and integrate to VMware's products and solutions.

Scott Davis, CTO, End User Computing
11:10 AM – 12:00PM – Technical Breakout: End User Computing – Future to a Better View

Scott Davis is VMware’s CTO for End User Computing. Davis drives the product and technology strategy spanning the breadth of VMware’s End User Computing products and initiatives, as well as cultivating advanced development and partnerships. Davis previously served as VMware's Chief Data Center Architect and Storage CTO.

Prior to VMware, Davis was the Founder, President, and CTO of Virtual Iron Software, VP/CTO at Mangosoft and a Technical Director at D.E.C.

Follow on Twitter: @shd_9
Read the Blog: cto.vmware.com

Raghu Raghuram, Executive Vice President of Cloud Infrastructure and Management
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM – Business Breakout: Enterprise Management Strategy

Raghu Raghuram joined VMware in 2003 and leads the company’s cloud infrastructure and management business, brining more than 25 years of technology experience. During his tenure at VMware, Raghuram has held multiple roles in product management and product marketing, most recently leading worldwide product marketing, product management and business planning for VMware’s virtual infrastructure, SMB and emerging markets businesses, as well as shared product marketing services.

Prior to VMware, Raghuram held product management and marketing roles at AOL, Bang Networks and Netscape. Raghuram holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Kit Colbert, Principal Engineer
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM – Technical Breakout: Enterprise Management Deep Dive

Kit Colbert is a Principal Engineer in the Management Business Unit at VMware.  Colbert is the lead architect for the VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite of solutions that provide performance, capacity and configuration management optimized for virtualization and cloud environments.  Previously, Colbert was the architect and technical lead for vMotion and Storage vMotion.  Colbert is a regular speaker on virtualization memory management topics and VMware vCenter Operations at VMworld, on podcasts and at VMware User Groups.

Vittorio Viarengo, Vice President, End User Computing
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Business Breakout: End User Computing 

Vittorio Viarengo is the Vice President of End User Computing at VMware. Viarengo is responsible for the strategy, the product roadmap and marketing of VMware end user products including Fusion, Workstation, ThinApp and View.

Prior to Joining VMware, Vittorio was VP of Product Development at Oracle Fusion Middleware and ran the Mobility, Voice and Communications Platform team. Before joining Oracle, Viarengo was Vice President of Platform Product Management and Strategy for BEA Systems and was responsible for driving the product strategy, the roadmap and priorities for BEA’s Application Platform. Prior to joining BEA in 2001, Viarengo was the Vice President of Product Management at eXcelon Corporation. Vittorio started his own software company in Italy in 1994.  The company ViVi Software specialized in the area of visual tools for object databases.  ViVi Software was acquired by eXcelon Corporation in 1997. 

Follow on Twitter: @VMWJourney
Read the Blogs: blogs.vmware.com/euc/ and journeytocloud.com

Carl Eschenbach, Chief Operating Officer and Co-President
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM - Closing Remarks and Q&A 

Carl Eschenbach joined VMware in June 2002 and acts as the company’s Chief Operating Ifficer. Eschenbach brings more than 24 years of high-tech industry experience including infrastructure software, networking, telephony and storage.

Prior to joining VMware, Eschenbach was vice president of North America Sales at Inktomi, and he has held various sales management positions with 3Com, EMC and Lucent Technologies.

Panelists    

Charu Chaubal, Group Manager, Cloud Infrastructure Technical Marketing
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Technical Breakout: “Ask the Experts” Open Panel Discussion 

Charu Chaubal is a Group Manager in the Cloud Infrastructure Technical Marketing group at VMware, overseeing a team of experts on Storage & Availability and Networking & Security. Chaubal has been responsible for security hardening guidance around VMware vSphere for the past four years and was a core member of the working group which defined the virtualization standards in the PCI-DSS 2.0. 

Prior to joining VMware, Chaubal worked at Sun Microsystems and focused on Grid and HPC.

Duncan Epping, Principal Architect. VCDX 007
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Technical Breakout: “Ask the Experts” Open Panel Discussion 

Duncan Epping is a Principal Architect in VMware’s Technical Marketing group. Epping’s primary focus is on cloud infrastructure management and architecture.

Epping is the co-author of several books, including the best selling vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive. Epping is also the owner and author of the leading virtualization blog yellow-bricks.com.

Follow on Twitter: @DuncanYB
Read the Blogs: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/ and yellow-bricks.com 

Frank DennemanSenior Technical Marketing Architect. VCDX029
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Technical Breakout: “Ask the Experts” Open Panel Discussion 

Frank Denneman is a Senior Technical Marketing Architect in VMware’s Technical Marketing group. Denneman’s primary focus is on resource management and disaster avoidance technologies. Denneman collaborates with the product managers and the research and development organizations on products and solutions. Denneman develops best practices, white-papers, documentation and technical presentations to educate VMware customers and partners.

Denneman is the co-author of the best selling vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive and vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive.

Follow on Twitter: @FrankDenneman
Read the Blogs: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/ and frankdenneman.nl

Cormac HoganSenior Technical Marketing Architect
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Technical Breakout: “Ask the Experts” Open Panel Discussion  

Cormac Hogan is a Senior Technical Marketing Architect with the Cloud Infrastructure Product Marketing group at VMware. Hogan is responsible for storage, with a direct focus on core VMware vSphere storage technologies and virtual storage, including the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance. Hogan was one of the first VMware employees at the EMEA headquarters in Cork, Ireland, in April 2005. Hogan spent a number of years as the technical support escalation engineer for storage before moving into a support readiness training role, where he developed training materials and delivered training to technical support and VMware support partners.

Follow on Twitter: @VMwareStorage
Read the Blog: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/storage/

Venky Deshpande, Senior Technical Marketing Manager
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Technical Breakout: “Ask the Experts” Open Panel Discussion  

Venky Deshpande is a Senior Technical Marketing Manager in VMware’s Technical Marketing group. Deshpande focuses is on VMware network and security technologies and has spent his career the designing and marketing network and security products and solutions. 

Follow on Twitter: @VMWNetworking
Read the Blog: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/networking/

William Lam, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Technical Breakout: “Ask the Experts” Open Panel Discussion  

William Lam is a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer in VMware’s Technical Marketing group. Lam focuses on automation with both the vSphere and vCloud Director platform APIs and CLIs.

Follow on Twitter: @VMWAutomation and @lamw
Read the Blogs: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/automation/ and virtuallyghetto.com

Moderators

Reid EngstromChief Strategist, Accelerate Advisory Services 
11:10 AM – 12:00PM Business Breakout : Customer Cloud Panel 

 Reid Engstrom is Chief Strategist for VMware Accelerate Advisory Services, which help customers articulate and document their visions of strategic IT as a service. Engstrom advises customers on planning for cloud solutions, identifying business value and aligning their overall business and IT goals and strategies with virtualization and cloud computing. Engstrom joined VMware after 35 years’ industry experience, including 13 years as the senior executive for IT global operations and infrastructure at Harley-Davidson. He previously held IT, marketing and engineering management roles at companies including IBM, Bucyrus Erie, Sunbeam-Oster, and Newell Corporation. Since joining the VMware Accelerate Advisory Services team in 2010, Engstrom has worked with major U.S. clients in a number of industry segments including manufacturing, financial services, and state government to deliver diagnostic and benchmarking projects and comprehensive strategies. These studies yielded significant cost savings and business benefits that exceeded the client’s original requirements. Engstrom is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin and has served on a number of nonprofit and technology focused boards including the University of Wisconsin Technology Consortium, YMCA Technology Board and the United Way Cabinet. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University.

Scott Salyer, Senior Solution Engineering Manager  
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM – Technical Breakout: Lessons Learned on Virtualizing Business Critical Applications

Scott Salyer is a Senior Solution Engineering Manager for VMware Global Technology Solutions. In his 5+ years at VMware, Salyer has authored several whitepapers on virtualizing Microsoft applications with VMware solutions and now manages a team focused on creating solutions and service offerings for virtualizing Business Critical Applications and VMware's Cloud Application Platform.  

Prior to joining VMware, Salyer gained 12 years of experience in infrastructure consulting for various system integrators, including HP Consulting and Integration.

 

VMworld 2012 (US) – TAM Day Program Guide

This exclusive event provides Technical Account Manager (TAM) customers access to VMware experts to discuss the best practices and innovative technologies that address the challenges IT departments face as they transition to support this era of technologies — from end user computing infrastructure, optimization & management, and executive vision.

When and Where

Sunday, August 26, 2012
8:00AM – 6:30PM PST

Moscone Center
Moscone West 2nd Floor
San Francisco, California USA


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Agenda 

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM    -        Registration

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM    -        Continental Breakfast

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM    -        Welcome and Overview (Room 2007/2009/2011)
                                                
Chris Nolan, Director, Americas Technical Account Managers

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM    -      Executive Keynote (Room 2007/2009/2011)
                                                Paul Strong, Chief Technology Officer, Global Field & Customer Initiatives

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM    -   BREAK

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM   -    BREAKOUT SESSIONS

                                                Business Breakout (Room 2007/2009/2011)
                                                Customer Cloud Panel”

                                                Reid Engstrom, Chief Strategist, Accelerate Advisory Services (Moderator) 

“Changing IT Organizations to Support a Cloud Environment”
Join us to hear to hear observations from EMC, Symantec and Bayer North America on the organizational changes they needed to support their journey to private cloud computing and IT as a Service.

                                                Technical Breakout (Room 2001)
                                                ”Architecting and Operating your Production Cloud”

                                                Matt Stepanski, Vice President, Global Technology Solution (Moderator)
                                                Dino Cicciarelli, Senior Director, Global Technology Solutions
                                                Kevin Lees, Principal Architect
                                                John Arrasjid, Principal Architect, VCDX001
                                                Andy Troup, Consulting Architect
                                                John Steiner, Chief Architect

This session features a panel of experts discussing the five value drivers of cloud computing, and the architectural and operational implications of building, deploying and managing a production cloud. 

                                                Technical Breakout (Room 2010/2012)
                                               “End User Computing – Future to a Better View”

                                                Scott Davis, Chief Technology Officer, End User Computing

This session will cover the technical benefits of Wanova and its underlying technology, which is highly complementary to VMware’s virtual desktop technologies, and brings efficient image diversity and management to VMware View and VMware View Composer.  

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM    -    “Birds of a Feather” Lunch (Room 2014/2016/2018)

Participate in discussions with your peers on topics and issues that matter to you most, guided by VMware experts and leaders. Topics will include:  Cloud Infrastructure, Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity, Education, End User Computing, Enterprise Management, Industry, vFabric (PaaS), Virtualizing Tier 1 Apps, VMware Services, VMware Support, and Open Networking with Your Peers.

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM    -        BREAKOUT SESSIONS

                                                Business Breakout (Room 2010/2012)
                                                ”Enterprise Management Strategy”

                                                Raghu Raghuram, Executive Vice President, Cloud Infrastructure and Management

To achieve the software driven data center services you need excellent management solutions. This session will discuss VMware’s Enterprise Management strategy, which includes vCloud Director, DynamicOps, vCenter Operations, vCenter Configuration Manager, and other related products. 

                                                Technical Breakout (Room 2001)
                                                “Lessons Learned on Virtualizing Business Critical Applications”

                                                Scott Salyer, Senior Solutions Engineering Manager (Moderator) 
                                                David Gallant, Technical Account Manager
                                                Anthony Kolar, Practice Manager
                                                Deji Akomolafe, Consulting Architect
                                                Girish Manmadkar, Senior Consultant
                                                Wanda He, Technical Solutions Architect, Microsoft Applications
                                                Emad Benjamin, Staff Solutions Architect
                                                Mike West, Technology Specialist
                                                Kannan Mani, Technical Solutions Architect, Oracle Solutions
                                                Alex Fontana, Senior Solutions Architect
                                                Vas Mitra, Staff Solutions Architect
                                                Byran Wood, Architect

Virtualizing business critical apps is critical to achieving the goal of IasS. This panel will include an amazing list of technical experts who have written white papers and blogs on the topic. It also will feature engineers from VMware Professional Services who have delivered these solutions for many VMware customers. Topics will include virtualizing SQL, Exchange, Oracle, SAP and JAVA applications.  

                                               Technical Breakout (Room 2007/2009/2011)
                                                Enterprise Management Deep Dive”

                                                Monica Sharma, Staff Product Manager
                                                Kit Colbert, Principal Engineer

This session will present a technical deep dive for an upcoming release of vCOPs along with the integration with other VMware technologies. Time permitting, the session will include a demo of this future product.

2:20 PM – 2:35 PM    -        BREAK

2:35 PM – 3:35 PM    -        BREAKOUT SESSIONS

                                                Business Breakout (Room 2010/2012)
                                                End User Computing”

                                                Vittorio Viarengo, Vice President, End User Computing

This session will discuss VMware’s End User Computing strategy and products, including the Wanova technology, and View and the Horizon Suite.

                                                Technical Breakout (Room 2007/2009/2011)
                                                “Ask the Experts: Open Panel Discussion with VMware Experts”

                                                Duncan Epping, Principal Architect, VCDX007
                                                Frank Dennenman, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, VCDX029
                                                Venky Deshpande, Senior Technical Marketing Manager
                                                Cormac Hogan, Senior Technical Marketing Architect
                                                Mark Achtemichuk, Senior Performance Specialist, VCDX050
                                                Joseph Dieckhans, Senior Performance Specialist
                                                William Lam, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer
                                                Charu Chaubal, Group Product Manager

This panel will feature some of the best known VMware experts. Perhaps you have read their blogs, or visited the web sites like yellow-bricks.com, virtu-al.net or virtuallyghetto.com. This panel is always a favorite draw at VMworld and VMUGs, and these experts will be available for Q&A to address a variety of topics, including, high availability, DRS, storage, networking, automation, security, and performance. 

3:45 AM – 4:00 AM    –        TAM Day Wrap-up (Room 2007/2009/2011)
                                                
Chris Nolan, Director, Americas Technical Account Managers

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM    -        Closing Keynote (Room 2007/2009/2011)
                                                Pat Gelsinger, CEO
                                                Carl Eschenbach, COO

5:00 PM – 5:15 PM    –        Special Presentation (Room 2007/2009/2011)
                                                Carl Eschenbach, COO

5:15 PM – 6:30 PM    -        Giveaway Raffle & Cocktail Reception (Room 2014/2016/2018)
                                                Jeff Casale, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Americas
                                                Select VMware Executives

VMworld 2012 (US) TAM Day Map

Social Media Experience

Experience just how dynamic social media can be with VMworld 2012 Socialcast.

This year conference attendees will have the opportunity to enhance their experience through an exclusive VMworld 2012 implementation of our Socialcast enterprise social networking platform. You will be empowered with a dynamic medium to network with other attendees and experts on topics of interest, post your photos, access session information and commentary, plan your after hours events and more.

The VMware TAM Program will be using this medium at both of our exclusive program events – VMworld 2012 (US) TAM Day on August 26th and TAM Customer Central the rest of the week – and providing you direct access to the real-time updates, commentary, panel Q&A, peer interactions and continued access to the resources you need.

Once you receive your invitation we encourage you to activate your account, join the groups that spark your interest and complete your profile. Grab your laptop or mobile devices, load the Socialcast Apps and bring them along to the conference to to make this your best and most valuable conference experience ever.

What are you interested in? VMworld 2012 (US) TAM Day and Conference Events

We will also be using public social media streams during the conference. The quickest and simplest way to get started is to use Twitter. Sign up and use it to follow the conference, updates, announcements and activities. Be sure to use an app like Tweetdeck for the desktop and Twitter for mobile devices – iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone – to stay connected.

We will be using hashtags in Twitter activity streams. A hashtag, the # symbol, is used to identify keywords or topics in an activity stream. It emerged organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.

The following hashtag will be used during the event:

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Panelist, Presenters and Moderators

Presenters

Paul Strong, CTO, Global Field & Customer Initiatives
9:45 AM – 11:00 AM – Executive Keynote

Paul Strong is VMware’s CTO for Global Field & Customer Initiatives. His team connects VMware R&D with VMware’s field organization, its partners and its customers, helping to change the way enterprises view and manage their business services and IT assets. Paul is a recognized leader within the IT industry, and is a regular keynote speaker and contributor of articles on the subjects of Grids and Clouds.

As a Distinguished Research Scientist at eBay, he was responsible for eBay’s research into large distributed systems and how to manage them. Prior to joining eBay Paul architected and/or developed various software systems, including Sun’s Solaris Containers, large scale B2B eCommerce systems, and large, distributed command and control systems. Strong sat on the board of directors of the Open Grid Forum (OGF), and was chairman from 2006-2008. Paul also sits on the technology advisory boards of a number of small startups, mature businesses, and government funded consortia. Paul holds a bachelors degree in Physics from the University of Manchester, in England.

Scott Davis, CTO, End User Computing
11:10 AM – 12:00PM – Technical Breakout: “End User Computing – Future to a Better View”

Scott Davis is VMware’s CTO for End User Computing. Davis drives the product and technology strategy spanning the breadth of VMware’s End User Computing products and initiatives, as well as cultivating advanced development and partnerships. Davis previously served as VMware’s Chief Data Center Architect and Storage CTO.

Prior to VMware, Davis was the Founder, President, and CTO of Virtual Iron Software, VP/CTO at Mangosoft and a Technical Director at D.E.C.

Follow on Twitter: @shd_9
Read the Blog: cto.vmware.com

Raghu Raghuram, Executive Vice President of Cloud Infrastructure and Management
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM – Business Breakout: “Enterprise Management Strategy”

Raghu Raghuram joined VMware in 2003 and leads the company’s cloud infrastructure and management business, brining more than 25 years of technology experience. During his tenure at VMware, Raghuram has held multiple roles in product management and product marketing, most recently leading worldwide product marketing, product management and business planning for VMware’s virtual infrastructure, SMB and emerging markets businesses, as well as shared product marketing services.

Prior to VMware, Raghuram held product management and marketing roles at AOL, Bang Networks and Netscape. Raghuram holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Kit Colbert, Principal Engineer
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM – Technical Breakout: “Enterprise Management Deep Dive”

Kit Colbert is a Principal Engineer in the Management Business Unit at VMware.  Colbert is the lead architect for the VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite of solutions that provide performance, capacity and configuration management optimized for virtualization and cloud environments.  Previously, Colbert was the architect and technical lead for vMotion and Storage vMotion.  Colbert is a regular speaker on virtualization memory management topics and VMware vCenter Operations at VMworld, on podcasts and at VMware User Groups.

Vittorio Viarengo, Vice President, End User Computing
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Business Breakout: “End User Computing”

Vittorio Viarengo is the Vice President of End User Computing at VMware. Viarengo is responsible for the strategy, the product roadmap and marketing of VMware end user products including Fusion, Workstation, ThinApp and View.

Prior to Joining VMware, Vittorio was VP of Product Development at Oracle Fusion Middleware and ran the Mobility, Voice and Communications Platform team. Before joining Oracle, Viarengo was Vice President of Platform Product Management and Strategy for BEA Systems and was responsible for driving the product strategy, the roadmap and priorities for BEA’s Application Platform. Prior to joining BEA in 2001, Viarengo was the Vice President of Product Management at eXcelon Corporation. Vittorio started his own software company in Italy in 1994.  The company ViVi Software specialized in the area of visual tools for object databases.  ViVi Software was acquired by eXcelon Corporation in 1997. 

Follow on Twitter: @VMWJourney
Read the Blogs: blogs.vmware.com/euc/ and journeytocloud.com

Pat Gelsinger, Chief Executive Officer
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Closing Keynote

Pat Gelsinger joins VMware as Chief Executive Officer, effective September 1, 2012. Prior to joining VMware, he was President and Chief Operating Officer, EMC Information Infrastructure Products, where he was responsible for EMC’s Information Infrastructure product portfolio, including information storage divisions, as well as data computing, backup and recovery systems, RSA Security, enterprise solutions, and the office of the Chief Technology Officer. In this role he also led EMC’s technology partnerships with industry leaders including Intel, SAP, Microsoft, and VCE (the Virtual Computing Environment Company, EMC’s joint venture with Cisco and VMware). Before joining EMC, Gelsinger was Senior Vice President and Co-General Manager of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group, the company’s largest business group. Prior to this, he led Intel Labs, served as Intel’s first chief technology officer (CTO), and led Intel’s Desktop Products Group. He received an associate’s degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in 1979, a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University in 1983, magna cum laude, and a master’s degree from Stanford University in 1985. All degrees are in electrical engineering. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (2008) and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2008 from William Jessup University.

Carl Eschenbach, Chief Operating Officer and Co-President
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Closing Keynote

Carl Eschenbach joined VMware in June 2002 and acts as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Eschenbach brings more than 24 years of high-tech industry experience including infrastructure software, networking, telephony and storage.

Prior to joining VMware, Eschenbach was vice president of North America Sales at Inktomi, and he has held various sales management positions with 3Com, EMC and Lucent Technologies.

Panelists    

Dino Cicciarell, Senior Director, Global Technology Solutions
11:10 AM – 12:00PM - Technical Breakout: “Architecting and Operating your Production Cloud”

Dino Cicciarelli is Senior Director of the Global Technology Solutions, Centers of Excellence and leads a team of Specialized Global Pre and Post Sales Architects and Engineers for VMware. The Global Center of Excellence is responsible for knowing the latest technologies, building advanced integration solutions, supporting high profile customer accounts and ensuring our field, partners and engineering organizations benefit directly from the knowledge & experience. Before the Global Centers of Excellence, Cicciarelli lead a global team of Pre & Post Sales Cloud Architects within the Cloud Practice. The Cloud Practice was responsible for developing the architectures & services required to deploy the first Public and Private VMware IaaS Clouds at top Service Providers, Telco and Enterprise companies world wide. Before the Cloud Practice technical lead opportunity, Cicciarelli built and managed a world wide organization of Pre-Sales Solution Specialists focused on providing deep technical sales support for VMware’s portfolio. Prior to the Director of Solution Specialist position, Cicciarelli was originally hired into VMware as the first Alliance Systems Engineer in 2002. During the subsequent 6 years, Cicciarelli developed and lead a world wide Technical Alliance Organization supporting and enabling VMware’s OEM and ISV partners to sell and integrate to VMware’s products and solutions.

Kevin Lees, Principal Architect, Global Technology Solutions
11:10 AM – 12:00PM - Technical Breakout: “Architecting and Operating your Production Cloud”

Kevin Lees is a Principal Architect and the Lead Global Architect for Cloud Operations within VMware’s Global Technology Solutions organization. Lees’ team is responsible for defining the operational (integrated organization, process, and supporting technology) approaches and best practices within VMware. Lees was the Global Delivery Team lead for VMware’s Cloud Practice from 2009 through June of 2011 during which time he led many of VMware’s early cloud implementations with companies such as AT&T, Verizon, Dell, NYSE, GE IT Services, ViaWest, and Dell. Lees holds ITIL and VCP certifications, and has a combined 30+ years of IT system architecture, design, and integration, IT Operations, and project management experience.

John Y. Arrasjid, Principal Architect, VCDX001
11:10 AM – 12:00PM  - Technical Breakout: “Architecting and Operating your Production Cloud” 

John Arrasjid is a Principal Architect in the VMware Global Technology Solutions group and acts as a VMware ambassador within the Field Office of the CTO. Arrasjid is the primary architect leading the VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit, a reference architecture toolkit used in design and deployment at hundreds of VMware cloud customers. Arrasjid holds the VCDX001 designation and is one of the original developers of the VCDX program, continuing to support candidates through his VCDX boot camps. Arrasjid is also the USENIX Association Vice President, where he has also published three books on VMware technologies including Cloud Computing with vCloud Director.

Follow on Twiter: @VCDX001

Andy Troup, Consulting Architect, Global Technology Solutions
11:10 AM – 12:00PM - Technical Breakout: “Architecting and Operating your Production Cloud” 

Andy Troup is a Consulting Architect within the Cloud Operations team in VMware’s Global Technology Solutions, Center of Excellence organization and is also the EMEA Center of Excellence Team Lead. Troup specialises in defining the operational (integrated organization, process, and supporting technology) approaches and best practices within VMware. Troup has extensive experience of large-scale virtualization & cloud projects delivering services & solutions and is experienced in cloud architecture, design and implementation. He holds VCAP, VCP and ITIL certifications, and has 25+ years of system architecture, design, integration and operational experience.

Follow on Twitter: @harrowandy

John Steiner, Chief Architect, Accelerate Advisory Services
11:10 AM – 12:00PM - Technical Breakout: “Architecting and Operating your Production Cloud” 

John Steiner, Chief Architect for VMware Accelerate Advisory Services, acts as both a thought leader and visionary for the program. Steiner pioneered the business solutions architect delivery model through the creation of architectural blueprints and multiyear roadmaps that help customers achieve maximum business value, datacenter efficiencies, cost reductions and ROI objectives.

Steiner brings 15 years’ industry experience, including 10 years dedicated to virtualization, datacenter consolidation and enterprise architecture, holding senior positions at Sterling Commerce, Information Control Corporation and eBanc LLC.

Steiner joined VMware in 2007 and VMware Accelerate Advisory Services in 2010. Prior to his current role, Steiner was the lead field delivery architect for VMware Professional Services Organization (PSO) teams in Canada and the central U.S. These experiences gave him a unique perspective, since he personally implemented numerous cloud solutions as both a customer and field delivery architect.

As Chief Architect, Steiner consults with executives of major U.S. clients in industry verticals that include manufacturing, financial services, retail, healthcare and state government to provide architectural, organizational and operational strategies. These studies have yielded significant cost savings and business benefits that consistently exceed client expectations. Steiner also provides strategic guidance for implementing cloud computing and IT as a service strategies aimed at dramatically improving business consumers’ perspectives of IT service and delivery.

Follow on Twitter: @jsteinervmw

Charu Chaubal, Group Manager, Cloud Infrastructure Technical Marketing
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Technical Breakout: “Ask the Experts: Open Panel Discussion” 

Charu Chaubal is a Group Manager in the Cloud Infrastructure Technical Marketing group at VMware, overseeing a team of experts on Storage & Availability and Networking & Security. Chaubal has been responsible for security hardening guidance around VMware vSphere for the past four years and was a core member of the working group which defined the virtualization standards in the PCI-DSS 2.0. 

Prior to joining VMware, Chaubal worked at Sun Microsystems and focused on Grid and HPC.

Duncan Epping, Principal Architect, VCDX007
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Technical Breakout: “Ask the Experts: Open Panel Discussion”  

Duncan Epping is a Principal Architect in VMware’s Technical Marketing group. Epping’s primary focus is on cloud infrastructure management and architecture.

Epping is the co-author of several books, including the best selling vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive. Epping is also the owner and author of the leading virtualization blog yellow-bricks.com.

Follow on Twitter: @DuncanYB
Read the Blogs: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/ and yellow-bricks.com

Frank Denneman, Senior Technical Marketing Architect, VCDX029
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Technical Breakout: “Ask the Experts: Open Panel Discussion”  

Frank Denneman is a Senior Technical Marketing Architect in VMware’s Technical Marketing group. Denneman’s primary focus is on resource management and disaster avoidance technologies. Denneman collaborates with the product managers and the research and development organizations on products and solutions. Denneman develops best practices, white-papers, documentation and technical presentations to educate VMware customers and partners.

Denneman is the co-author of the best selling vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive and vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive.

Follow on Twitter: @FrankDenneman
Read the Blogs: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/ and frankdenneman.nl

Cormac Hogan, Senior Technical Marketing Architect
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Technical Breakout: “Ask the Experts: Open Panel Discussion”  

Cormac Hogan is a Senior Technical Marketing Architect with the Cloud Infrastructure Product Marketing group at VMware. Hogan is responsible for storage, with a direct focus on core VMware vSphere storage technologies and virtual storage, including the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance. Hogan was one of the first VMware employees at the EMEA headquarters in Cork, Ireland, in April 2005. Hogan spent a number of years as the technical support escalation engineer for storage before moving into a support readiness training role, where he developed training materials and delivered training to technical support and VMware support partners.

Follow on Twitter: @VMwareStorage
Read the Blog: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/storage/

Venky Deshpande, Senior Technical Marketing Manager
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Technical Breakout: “Ask the Experts: Open Panel Discussion”   

Venky Deshpande is a Senior Technical Marketing Manager in VMware’s Technical Marketing group. Deshpande focuses is on VMware network and security technologies and has spent his career the designing and marketing network and security products and solutions. 

Follow on Twitter: @VMWNetworking
Read the Blog: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/networking/

Joseph Dieckhans, Senior Performance Specialist
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Technical Breakout: “Ask the Experts: Open Panel Discussion”  

Joseph Dieckhans is a Senior Performance Specialist in VMware’s Technical Marketing group. Dieckhams’ works directly with the performance engineering and the research and development organizations to provide customers and partners with information and performance data on VMware products and solutions.

Follow on Twitter: @VMwarePerf
Read the Blog: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/performance/

Mark Achtemichuk, Senior Performance Specialist, VCDX050
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Technical Breakout: “Ask the Experts: Open Panel Discussion”  

Mark Achtemichukis a Senior Performance Specialist covering the Americas and certified as VCDX #50. With a strong background in datacenter infrastructures, cloud architectures, experience implementing enterprise application environments and a passion for solving problems, he has driven virtualization adoption and project success by methodically bridging business with technology. Achtemichuk’s current challenge is ensuring that performance is no longer a barrier, perceived or real, to virtualizing an organization’s most critical applications, on their journey to the cloud.

Follow on Twitter: @VMwarePerf
Read the Blog: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/performance/

William Lam, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer
2:35 PM – 3:35 PM – Technical Breakout: “Ask the Experts: Open Panel Discussion”   

William Lam is a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer in VMware’s Technical Marketing group. Lam focuses on automation with both the vSphere and vCloud Director platform APIs and CLIs.

Follow on Twitter: @VMWAutomation and @lamw
Read the Blogs: blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/automation/ and virtuallyghetto.com

Moderators

Reid Engstrom, Chief Strategist, Accelerate Advisory Services 
11:10 AM – 12:00PM Business Breakout : “Customer Cloud Panel” 

 Reid Engstrom is Chief Strategist for VMware Accelerate Advisory Services, which help customers articulate and document their visions of strategic IT as a service. Engstrom advises customers on planning for cloud solutions, identifying business value and aligning their overall business and IT goals and strategies with virtualization and cloud computing. Engstrom joined VMware after 35 years’ industry experience, including 13 years as the senior executive for IT global operations and infrastructure at Harley-Davidson. He previously held IT, marketing and engineering management roles at companies including IBM, Bucyrus Erie, Sunbeam-Oster, and Newell Corporation. Since joining the VMware Accelerate Advisory Services team in 2010, Engstrom has worked with major U.S. clients in a number of industry segments including manufacturing, financial services, and state government to deliver diagnostic and benchmarking projects and comprehensive strategies. These studies yielded significant cost savings and business benefits that exceeded the client’s original requirements. Engstrom is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin and has served on a number of nonprofit and technology focused boards including the University of Wisconsin Technology Consortium, YMCA Technology Board and the United Way Cabinet. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University.

Matt Stepanski, Vice President, Global Technology Solutions
11:10 AM – 12:00PM  - Technical Breakout: “Architecting and Operating your Production Cloud”

Matt Stepanski serves as Vice President of VMware’s Global Technology Solutions organization. In this capacity, Stepanski has responsibility for the development, production and marketing of the company’s portfolio of Consulting Services & Tools and Education Services. In addition, the GTS organization contains the Global Centers of Excellence, teams of senior technical resources and thought leaders who architect and design the best practices, reference architectures and methodologies for VMware’s emerging portfolio of technologies. For the past year and half, Stepanski was responsible for the WW Cloud Services team, which provided pre and post sales support to sell and build Cloud Computing platforms at some of our earliest Service Provider and Enterprise customers, capturing the IP and then enabling Field Operations and the VMware Partner ecosystem to scale.

Prior to joining VMware, Stepanski worked with Sun Microsystems for over 14 years, performing multiple roles in Sales, Operations and Services. In his last role, he was responsible for Sun’s North American Professional Services organization, which he helped grow to a $300M business. Before entering the Technology industry, Stepanski worked in the Financial Services Industry for Smith Barney and Kidder Peabody.

Scott Salyer, Senior Solution Engineering Manager  
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM – Technical Breakout: “Lessons Learned on Virtualizing Business Critical Applications”

Scott Salyer is a Senior Solution Engineering Manager for VMware Global Technology Solutions. In his 5+ years at VMware, Salyer has authored several whitepapers on virtualizing Microsoft applications with VMware solutions and now manages a team focused on creating solutions and service offerings for virtualizing Business Critical Applications and VMware’s Cloud Application Platform.  

Prior to joining VMware, Salyer gained 12 years of experience in infrastructure consulting for various system integrators, including HP Consulting and Integration.

 

 

VMworld 2012 (US) – TAM Customer Central Guide

VMworld 2012 San Francisco

TAM Day 2012 continues in its 8th year as the premier inaugural event to VMworld as an exclusive benefit to TAM customers on Sunday, August 26th. As part of VMware’s ongoing commitment to enhance the entire week-long VMworld experience we are pleased to announce VMworld 2012 TAM Customer Central. This new and exclusive TAM customer-only room is designed to ensure that TAM Customers have the best possible experience from Monday-Thursday during the conference. 

Where:
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Pacific Meeting Rooms 4th Floor, Pacific H


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Hours:
Monday, August 27th           –       10:30am – 6:00pm PST
Tuesday, August 28th          -       7:00am – 6:00pm PST
Wednesday, August 29th    -       7:00am – 6:00pm PST
Thursday, August 30th         -       7:00am – 3:00pm PST

Contact:
+1 (650) 646-4VMW (4869)
tamambassador@vmware.com 

Social Media:
VMware TAM Program Blog Read Our Blog
VMware TAM Program on Twitter - @VMwareTAM Follow Us On Twitter 
VMware TAM Program on Facebook Like Us on Facebook
VMware TAM Program on Google+ Follow us on Google+     

TAM Ambassador Desk

The TAM Ambassador Desk is the focal point of TAM Customer Central. Customers will have this service available to help with logistics, meeting facilitation, and program inquiries. Have a question? Check with the Ambassador Desk in person or contact via phone or email.

Product Management Customer Roundtables

Product Management will have key staff available at scheduled times throughout the week ready to lead highly interactive discussions involving VMware solutions – current and future. Look for details and sign up at TAM Day.

Daily Jumpstart

Start your day at 7 am in the TAM Customer Central room to discuss your day schedule. Grab a cup of coffee and get expert and peer recommendations on where to go, what to see and more.

Daily Debrief

Join TAM customers, top bloggers, product managers and others for daily debrief sessions to discuss hot topics.

My VMware

The My VMware station in TAM Customer Central is the place to go for assistance with My VMware questions. Customers will have the opportunity to discuss issues and schedule a post-VMworld meeting for detailed assistance.

Professional Services

The Prpfessional Services station in TAM Customer Central is the area to go for questions and information on Professional Services Consulting, Education and TAM Program.

Global Support Services

GSS will have representation and information available on GSS Premier Services. Additionally, GSS leadership will be available upon request for discussions.

Stay Connected

The VMware TAM Program will be very active on our social media channels during the conference and our exclusive customer events.

Tune in to contribute and experience at this dynamic event in real-time. You’ll be able to stay up-to-date on all our our TAM Customer Central updates, announcements as well as catch our daily recaps of the days events.

VMware TAM Program Blog Read Our Blog
VMware TAM Program on Twitter - @VMwareTAM Follow Us On Twitter 
VMware TAM Program on Facebook Like Us on Facebook
VMware TAM Program on Google+ Follow us on Google+   

** Customers will be provided frequent visitor cards than will be stamped daily. Customers visiting TAM Customer Central each day will be entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of the day on Thursday. 

 

VMworld 2012 (US) – VMware TAM Customer Event Guide

VMworld 2012 (US) TAM Day

This exclusive event on provides our Technical Account Manager (TAM) customers access to VMware experts who will discuss the best practices and innovative technologies that address the challenges IT departments face as they transition to support this era of technologies — from end user computing infrastructure, optimization & management, and executive vision.

Review the VMworld 2012 TAM Day Program Guide for the times, topics and speaker bios.

VMworld 2012 (US) TAM Customer Central

As a part of our ongoing commitment to enhance your VMworld 2012 experience we are pleased to announce VMworld 2012 TAM Customer Central.  This new, exclusive resource is available to only VMware TAM Program customers and is designed to ensure that you have the best possible experience during the entirety of the conference.  

Review the VMworld 2012 TAM Customer Central Guide and make this your best VMworld to date.

The Social Medial Experience

The VMworld 2012 (US) conference in San Francisco promises to be an amazing event and the VMworld 2012 and VMware TAM Program social media activity streams will be very active during the conference and the our exclusive TAM Program events. Tune in to contribute and experience this dynamic event in a whole new way.

Find out how to Get Your Social On at VMworld 2012

Top 10 Tips for VMworld 2012 Attendees

VMworld 2012 San Francisco offers 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 2012 Top 10 Tips for VMware TAM Program Attendees.

VMworld 2012 + VMware TAM Program + Social Media = Awesome

The VMworld 2012 and VMware TAM Program social media streams will be very active over the next couple weeks leading up to and during the conference and the exclusive TAM Program events.  Be sure to tune in now to the conference to experience just how dynamic social media can be. 

The quickest and simplest way to get started is to use Twitter. Sign up and use it to follow the conference, updates, announcements and activities. Be sure to use an app like Tweetdeck for the desktop and Twitter for mobile devices – iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone – to stay connected.

VMworld 2012 and the VMware TAM Program will be using hashtags in Twitter activity streams. A hashtag, the # symbol, is used to identify keywords or topics in an activity stream. It emerged organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.

This year the following hashtags are being used:

VMware TAM Program Events:
VMware TAM Day: #vmwaretam
VMware TAM Customer Lounge: #vmwaretam

(Remember, VMware TAM Program Events are under NDA)

Conference
Conference & General Sessions: #vmworld

Sessions Tracks & Labs
Infrastructure Sessions: #vmworldinf
Operations Sessions: #vmworldops
Application Sessions: #vmworldapps
End-User Computing Sessions: #vmworldeuc
IT Transformation Sessions: #vmworlditt
Sponsor Sessions: #vmworldsponsor
Hands-on Labs: #vmworldhol

Social Events
VMworld Party: #vmworldparty
VMworld Meetups: #vMeetup
VMworld Tweetups: #vTweetup
VMUnderground: #vmunderground (Community Organized Party www.vmunderground.com)

Submitted Social Events > VMworld 2012 Gatherings, Tweetups, Parties and Activities.

Want to follow or contribute to a particular VMworld Session or Lab? Use a custom hashtag to track conversations, comments or observations in any session – even those that are missed.

For example, to contribute to or follow the APP-BCA1530 – Virtualizing SQL Best Practices session by Wanda He and Barnaby Jeans simply search for #app-bca1530 or include it in a tweet along with the track hashtag #vmworldapps.

To catch additional highlights, interviews, announcements, sessions, demos and more – follow the VMware Blogs and the VMware TAM Blog, subscribe to VMworldTV on YouTube and like/follow these on the Facebook and Google+ pages.

VMware TAM Program
Facebook | Google+

VMworld 2012
Facebook | Google+

Check out the VMworld 2012 US Social Media Guide for additional resources, tips and best practices that will enable you to engage in the social media experience – you'll be glad you did.

VMworld 2012 Top 10 Tips for VMware TAM Program Attendees

VMworld 2012 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 2012 Top 10 Tips for VMware TAM Program Attendees

No. 1:  TAM Day

Join us on August 26th 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 agenda and contact your Technical Account Manager today to ensure you are registered.  Be sure to plan your travel and lodging accordingly – TAM Day starts at 9:30AM on the Sunday, August 26th.

No. 2:  Solution Exchange

More than 250 technology partners will be showcasing leading innovations in the Solutions Exchange. 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.

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

No. 3:  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.

No. 4: 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 2012 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 will be available very soon and will allow 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 venue 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 5. Get Trained

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 22nd to August 26th. Each course is 25% off the regular price and each student receives both a free certification exam voucher respective to their course and 30 hours or 30 days of access to the VMware Virtual Labs. Each of which are received 30 days after VMworld 2012 in San Francisco.

For more information, visit the VMworld Pre-Conference Training.

No. 6. Get Certified

The VMware Certification Exam Center will be available this year. Sign up now and get 50% off all certification exams, including advanced certifications, taken during the conference. Space is limited: Reserve your seat today!

Register with promo code VMW50 to take:

  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
  • VMware Certified Associate (VCA-DT)
  • VMware Certified Professional – Desktop (VCP-DT)

Register with promo code ADV50 to take:

  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Design (VCAP-DCD)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration (VCAP-DCA)

For more information and exam center hours, visit the VMworld Special Programs and select VMware Certified Professional.

No. 7: Connect

VMworld 2012 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.

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 2012 Party.

Be sure to have some confortable 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 26 | 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 28 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

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

VMworld 2012 Party – Wednesday, August 29 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

This year’s party will incorporate three different events:

  • The Sports Lab with 10 larger than life screens showing your favorite Sports games from the week, pool tables, foosball, air hockey and all of your other favorite Sports Bar Games.
  • The Hi Tech Lab with the latest and coolest video gaming.
  • The Music Lab where the double-header rock concert ends with the closing act of the party – Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia!

Every area has plenty of games, entertainment, food and beverage.

But remember – you'll need your badge, and it has to be a full conference pass!

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. Sponsors from the Solution Exchange are usually doing private events nearby, you just need to find out when and where.

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 2012. Catch the sessions that you missed or repeat those ones you want to review again in the comfort of your own home or office.

 

VMworld 2012 US – TAM Day

With IT landscapes rapidly changing, IT organizations are faced with the challenge of delivering service in a new form.

Join us for a one day exclusive event for Technical Account Manager (TAM) customers where VMware experts discuss the best practices and innovative technologies that address the challenges IT departments face as they transition to support this era of technologies — from end user computing infrastructure, optimization & management, and executive vision.

Review the VMworld 2012 TAM Day Program Guide for the times, topics and speaker bios.

Follow Us at @VMwareTAM.