It’s only the beginning of VMworld, but we’re already starting off the week strong! Between learning sessions, the Hands-on Labs and some surprise guests (shout out to Rosie), the excitement at Mandalay Bay is contagious!

We started off the day with our VMware Solution Selling for Partners learning sessions, ranging from topics like modernized data centers, NSX assessment-led selling and covered what’s new and next from Cloud Management Platform. What’s even better? Attendees had the unique opportunity to learn from experts like Senior Cloud Management Specialist Kyle Geisler and Systems Engineering Director Dave Twinam.

One of the main points covered in these learning sessions was how to conduct customer conversations to uncover their business challenges and objectives and then propose solutions that align with VMware’s new strategic focus areas. Additionally, attendees learned how to up-level conversations with customer executives to better identify their needs and map those needs back to VMware solutions. This is all a part of amplifying partner selling strategies when it comes to VMware solutions, which is a great way to help business boom!

Apart from the learning sessions, attendees had the opportunity to up the ante of their VMware knowledge in Hands-on Labs. With over 1 million labs deployed since 2014 and 10 million machines created and destroyed, more than 50 million user minutes are spent on labs with each user spending 49 minutes per lab on average, making them a great learning resource. Whether it’s exploring NSX-T or deploying NSX across multiple clouds, these expert-led workshops encourage an in-depth understanding of VMware in an interactive, educational environment. Attending all of these sessions can certainly make you work up an appetite, which is why attendees are encouraged to bring food and drinks to these labs throughout the day and enjoy casual conversation while focusing on a wide range of innovative VMware topics.

If attendees have any questions about the day’s Hands-on Labs, the Help Desk is where they can ask questions, and the Command Center is where they can work out real-time problems and discuss specific challenges. These conversations occur over white-board desks built for actively drawing out solutions, creating a collaborative environment. Attendees can also identify what labs they want to attend based on topics of their choice, such as Networking and Software-Defined Data Centers along with Application and Desktop Virtualization. So, if you don’t know exactly what to attend, no worries—we’ve got you covered!

As we close out today, we have a few quick tips for tomorrow. First, if you’re arriving on Monday to register, be sure to allow plenty of time to get to the venue for registration. Additionally, while you’re perusing the Solutions Exchange floor, be sure to check out the VMware booth (#1139). Last but certainly not least, be sure to stay up to date on the latest event activities, contests and news by downloading the VMware Mobile App.

An important point to note is when you go into the app, you can select “game” in the bottom left corner, and unlock the rules to win a meet and greet with Blink-182 on Wednesday, August 30. All contestants that earn 10 badges, totaling 100 points, will be entered into a random drawing to win. Aside from the lucky winner who will get to attend the Blink-182 and Bleachers meet and greet at the Customer Appreciation Party Wednesday night with a friend of his/her choice, five additional winners will be selected to receive $100 off their VMworld 2018 registration package!

There are plenty of things to look forward to this week, including opportunities to sit down with vExperts and learn the ins and outs of VMware. Already so much has happened and this is just the beginning, so stay tuned for more, and see you tomorrow for another action-packed day!