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Dell EMC World 2016 Austin, TX, USA

Dell EMC World 2016

You’ve all heard the news last week (at least, I think you did): On September 7 the huge merger between Dell and EMC took place, making the Dell Technologies transaction the biggest technology company integration in history! So the digital transformation is really here, and Dell Technologies / Dell EMC is leading the way. From October 18 to 20, Dell EMC will host business and IT leaders from around the world for the biggest enterprise technology event of the year, Dell EMC World 2016 in Austin, Texas. And I received an invite to join the EMC Elect and Dell Rock Stars to report on the news that Michael Dell and others will bring us. Many thanks go to Mark Browne, who made sure EMC Elect people were invited to be present at this event. We’ll be in super secret influencer meetings, sneak peek preview breakfasts and we’ll be sitting in a reserved seat section to watch Michael Dell perform on stage! Yeah, I’m pretty excited! After being invited to the VNX2 launch in Milan in 2013, I’m once again present at a major event as part of the EMC Elect.

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A list of (social) activities during EMC World in Las Vegas 2016

Las Vegas

It’s a list of activities. No big story or my thoughts on it, it’s just a list and yes, there’s a lot of overlap. I’ll be editing this list when more events come to my attention, so keep an eye on this blog post at all times!

I’ll list as much activities as are known to me, but feel free to add comments to this post and I’ll edit any unlisted events to the list asap!

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EMC World 2016: what to do? There’s not enough time, that’s for sure!

Las Vegas

Will this be the last EMC World ever? I can’t imagine that.

Some say this year will be the final EMC World. Ever. But then again, there might not be another Dell world either. Not in this format anyway. Will EMC World continue in another format, or will it be called DEll/EMC World? Maybe EMC/Dell World? Or just World? No, that doesn’t make sense at all.

Anyway,

let’s think out loud about EMC World 2016

What’s going on from May 2 to May 5?

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EMC World 2016: the Dutch edition

Fremont street

Het is weer die tijd van het jaar: EMC World komt eraan. Het is niemand ontgaan dat in de afgelopen dagen en weken weer allerlei noviteiten van EMC het daglicht hebben gezien: VxRail, VMAX all flash en de nieuwe DSSD en waar is het beter om deze noviteiten te gaan bekijken en je goed te laten informeren? Juist: op EMC World in Las Vegas!! Wissel ervaringen uit met andere klanten, maak kennis met (Nederlandse) partners en filosofeer met EMC specialisten over nieuwe mogelijkheden of maak gewoon die overstap naar het derde platform in IT.

The Dutch Delegation

Net als voorgaande jaren organiseert EMC Nederland weer een sociaal programma rondom het EMC IT-event van het jaar. Heb je de hele dag interessante sessies gevolgd en ben je toe aan wat ontspanning, dan is de Dutch Delegation een aanrader. Dit sociale programma begint op zondag 1 Mei en eindigt op donderdag 4 Mei en zal gedurende EMC World de rode draad zijn door dit drukke evenement.

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Announcing the EMC Elect 2016!

EMC Elect 2016

Another year has past and what a great year it was. A lot has happened, both personal and work related. The whole Dell / EMC merger made many think about the future once again and I must say it’s going to be an interesting year. I’m very much looking forward to EMC World, this May, as Michael Dell, Dave Goulden and Joe Tucci will make their appearance in the opening keynote. I think that I’ll be present in the big hall for once, even though the EMC Elect lounge has proven to be a wonderful and relaxed place to experience the keynote. And yes, that’s just one of the advantages of being EMC Elect: you’ll get to enter the realms of this small and privileged group of people.

On the EMC Community Network (aka ECN) you will find the latest and complete list of the EMC Elect 2016.

Thank you EMC, for making me part of this group again!!

The EMC / Dell merger: my tears and thoughts

Dell EMC

It’s been a few weeks now since Mr Dell, Silver Lake and MSD Partners announced they want to take over EMC and with that become the world’s largest privately held IT company. For me I relived the whole HP / Compaq merger and at that time Compaq was my favorite company. My whole world collapsed. What was going to happen to the world I lived in? It was going to disappear! But luckily it did not. The best pieces of Compaq at the time, their servers, were simply rebranded and sold as HP Proliants and the Alpha CPU “suddenly” appeared as the Itanium from Intel. And everybody was happy. Well, sort of. At least the server department kept on delivering what they were famous for.

And now this happened

I never realized Michael Dell was even in a position to actually raise that kind of money. But with help from Silver Lake and MSD Partners he succeeded to raise sixty five Billion US Dollars! Just imagine! Oh, wouldn’t I like to get my hands on a small portion of that!! But that’s a whole other story. Forget the money, forget the stock exchange market: what will this mean for both companies and the people working there? As some of you know, I’m involved with both the EMC education department as well as the customer facing piece of EMC Support and I want to share my thoughts on the future of my current “Compaq” equivalent, aka “EMC”.

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Nominate your candidate(s) for the 2016 batch of EMC Elect!

EMC Elect 2016 nominations are open

It’s that time of year again: the nominations for the community heroes that might become part of the EMC Elect group of next year.

EMC Elect Nominations for 2016

The nominations can be sent in by anybody who wants to honor their community hero. What’s considered a community hero? To be recognized as EMC Elect candidate you could think about how you represented EMC throughout 2015. Well, represented is not the right word, since you don’t really represent EMC, but if you write or talk about EMC on ECN, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or you are a speaker in public accessible forums or events, or write blogs about EMC equipment or software, you certainly are a candidate to be nominated.

Can you nominate yourself?

Why not? It’s not about who nominates who, but who gets nominated! And it’s not a contest! Only 1 nomination will do just fine. It has no added value to nominate somebody more than once! In the end the judges will look at your curriculum anyway and what you did during this year, so it’s perfectly fine to mention this to EMC yourself! Go ahead, make a nomination, or two, or five. Get the word out and make sure we get as many nominations as possible. The judges will decide who gets in after the current month.

Nominations can be done from November 1, 2015 to November 30, 2015, so don’t wait too long and let’s all nominate!!!

EMC World 2015: my plans for the week (thinking out loud)

Las Vegas

It’s that time of the year again: EMC World in Las Vegas, which takes place from May 4 to May 7. And this year I’m not going unprepared again. So I made a list of do’s and don’ts, so I can more easily pick the best way to spend my precious time. Are YOU going too?

So what’s my week about?

When I arrive in Vegas after having 2 layovers in London and Dallas, I’m probably half asleep. Because of the 9 hour time difference I’m sure I will sleep at very odd hours and be awake at even worse hours. I just hope I’m not sleepwalking through the casino, since I don’t even like gambling. Although it would be funny to wake up, finding out that I’ve won a few grand, right? My stay in Sin City will start with a packed two days filled with meetings. Yes: working on the Saturday and Sunday: it’s all part of the game! And that day I already have a meeting conflict, but the week will have plenty of opportunity to catch up with old friends, so I’m not worried there.

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EMC World 2015 discount codes available!

EMC World 2015

Limited amount of EMC World discount codes available

Just like in previous years the EMC Elect have a limited number of discount codes available for anyone who still needs to register for EMC World. The value of each code is $150! The amount of codes is limited and they expire on april 6, so if you need to register: follow up on this post and I’ll mail you your personal discount code.

  • The code can only be used for new registrations, if you already registered, the code won’t work.
  • Only 1 code per registration can be applied.
  • Codes only work for non-EMC people.
  • The code is worth $150.
  • If you know somebody who wants their own code: direct them to me and I’ll give them a code.

Hurry up! The codes stop working on April 6!!

Top Blog websites Survey 2015

top vblog 2015

Vote for you favorite blog website!

Every year vSphere-land has a contest. You can vote for the top 50 VMware- and virtualization-related blogs of 2015. The blogs you can vote on are listed on vLaunchPad. Since about 2 or 3 years my website is listed there as well and so the idea is to vote on my website, so I end up in that top 50. This top 50 gets some extra attention, because these sites end highlighted and probably will attract some extra hits and that’s why we do this, right? –> extra hits!

My blog is listed on vLaunchPad so my site can be voted on! Again. In total about 400 blogs are in this list, so choose wisely, since all sites are probably worth reading.

How do I vote?

Visit the voting site and vote on me! But voting on 9 others is fair too, I guess. Let’s make sure www.50mu.net get in that precious top 50!

EMC Elect 2015: who is on the list this year?

EMC Elect 2015

EMC Elect 2015

And then there were 102

A little bit later than usual, but the list has been made public. I want to stress that again this year every single person on the list was chosen because of their contribution to the community in 2014, whether that’s Twitter, a personal blog site, ECN (EMC Community Network), speaking in public or any other form of knowledge transfer of EMC products or services to the public community. Did I say public? Yes: every single person on the list has made an immense effort in trying to reach a broad audience. The most common ways to evangelize knowledge about EMC “stuff” are probably Twitter, ECN and blogging, but any other form of doing so is highly appreciated.

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EMC Elect 2015 – Who are the EMC Elect? You decide!

EMC Elect 2015 nominations are open!

The events in which the EMC Elect 2014 are participating are still in full swing and although a lot of people aren’t thinking about 2015 yet, some of you might have wondered when the nominations for 2015 will start.

The nominations are open!

Last year the nominations for 2014 were opened at around EMC World ’13, but as of today you can nominate your community “hero” (or more than one) to become EMC Elect 2015. So think it through: if you know people who you think deserve to be Elect 2015, fill out the nomination form and participate in the nomination process of the new batch for 2015!

Please use this link to nominate: http://emc.im/Elect2015Nom

EMC Elect 2015 nominations are open!

EMC Elect 2014 summer event

EMC Elect 2014 summer event!

What if the Elect members from the Belgium/Netherlands/Germany(/UK)(/France) area would come together in a somewhat centralized place like, for example, in a fun park? It would have nothing to do with “Geek Talk” and everything with having a bit of fun. How would you respond to an initiative like that?

Please respond by replying to this post (or in the original post on ECN) and maybe we can actually do something together. With family, without, with some food-related event afterwards, without, please speak up and we will figure out something cool to do the summer!!!

My first thought was to visit the number 3 nicest fun park in Europe (in 2012 I think) called “the Efteling” (www.efteling.com. For those who don’t know the park, it’s all about fairy tales, or at least that’s how it all started in 1952. Nowadays there’s still the magic forest for those with small children, but also some thrill rides and even a few nice relaxing rides like the “Fata Morgana” or the “Droomvlucht” will take your breath away. And for those who think the Las Vegas Bellagio Fountains are sooooo beautiful, you haven’t seen anything yet! The recently built “Aquanura” uses music, fire and different colors or light compared to the monochrome water in Vegas.

Afterwards we could eat something on the park or somewhere offsite (any ideas?)

So make yourself heard and let us know what you think of this.

Who am I targeting for this event? Dutch, Belgian, German Elect members are obvious, but English, Irish or French are welcome too. But if somebody is on vacation here from any other country, they are welcome too, just make sure to make yourself heard.

On ECN I’ve created a little table in which you can fill out any details if you want to participate. Large comments or suggestions should be in a reply to that post, dates and small comments can be put in the table.

EMC World 2014: short week and too much to do

EMC World 2014

It’s that time of the year again: EMC World

15 Thousand nerds gathering in Las Vegas for the yearly week of EMC propaganda. That’s what a lot of people might think it is anyway. It’s the 2014th edition… that doesn’t sound right. Ehm, oh well, you get my drift. Well, maybe it is nerd-week, but hey: every vendor who thinks they’re the best in something is doing this sort of events and besides that, it’s a great event to meet people you haven’t seen in a year or so.

Social networking in real life

Social networking, gathering knowledge of things to come, looking for solutions to challenges you already have in your normal day jobs, looking for insights in things on your wish list. Bacon, unicorns, hardware and a loooot of “software”, since that’s the trend since a few years. No matter how you explain it:

IT is in Las Vegas, baby!

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EMC Elect 2014: here we are!

Elect 2014

It’s that time again: 2013 has past and a lot of vendors have nominations running on who their most loyal “servants” were in the past year. All large vendors do this and even Cisco joined the ranks with their Cisco Champions appreciation program. Microsoft has its MVP, VMware is known for the vExperts and since last year EMC has their Elect group.

EMC Elect 2014

Compared to 2013 the group has grown a little bit from 75 to 80 members and the list consists of some great minds that you might have met over the past 12 months. Some of them are hyper active on Twitter, some on ECN, EMC’s own Community Network (the forums) and some (or most) simply write what’s on their minds on their blog websites.

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EMC Elect 2013 is almost over, 4 more weeks to nominate the 2014 batch

History in the making

Last year around this time EMC worked with the 10 Elect founders (including me) to get blog posts, tweets and Facebook messages out into the world to get people to nominate people who they found deserved it to be member of the so-called EMC Elect 2013. In the storage world nobody heard of this initiative yet and it was a 0 – 100 cold start which took a huge amount of effort to gain momentum, but I think we did well and the momentum is there! Even after the initial 75 Elect members were known in January, every single one of them promoted this program to friends, family, colleagues and even EMC people to make sure that the next round was going to be a running start instead of a cold one.

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EMC Elect 2014, the nominations are open!

During EMC World 2013 feedback from many community members indicated that the first nomination period was just too short in order to attract a decent amount of attention for this new program.

EMC Elect Nominations are open

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EMC World 2013, the final countdown has started!

The countdown has started

Just 3 weeks and a few days to go and it’s EMC World again! Time to meet my old and new friends and finally getting some rays. the one thing I’ve been missing the last few weeks it’s the sun and I guess most Europeans agree with me. Don’t know what it’s like in other parts of the world, but I certainly need more heat than what we’re having now.

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We present you: the first batch of EMC Elect members

November 15, 2012 marked the beginning or a new era. On that day EMC announced the start of their community recognition program called EMC Elect. From that day on until December 15 all of you were able to nominate peers that have proven to be real experts in their fields, but most importantly tell the world about that. These community experts are people who are using all sorts of open channels to tell the community about their findings about EMC related products, whether this is a VMAX 40k or a VNXe or software like Networker or Documentum (to name just a few) and anything else they wrote about or told the general public about.

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EMC announces the “EMC Elect” community recognition!

People networks, forums, blogs, social networks, it’s all about “the community” and now EMC will officially recognise those who have contributed to this community in an outstanding way. EMC is looking for those that have been extraordinary, enthusiastic, crowd pleasing and who are especially focused on EMC technologies.

EMC Elect

So what is EMC Elect?
• Community-driven, peer-nominated recognition program
• Acknowledgement of distinguished contributions to the EMC community over the past year
• There will be a Series of exclusive benefits for honorees
• A thank you from the EMC community

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