VMworld 2017 - where did the time go?

I came out to Barcelona with the best of intentions to blog tons while I was at the conference. I have so many draft posts covering the big announcements (or lack thereof), but I just didn't seem to be able to find the time to finesse them enough for release - by the time I'd have gotten to it I'd already seen countless other (and frankly better!) blogs out there covering the same thing. By the end of day 2 I decided to cut my losses and just carry on doing what I'd been doing for a while: networking.

I've learned way more at this VMworld than at any other, and almost none of that learning came from the general sessions. This year's VMworld has for me (and judging by Twitter) been something of a revelation in terms of networking.

Networking is a term I personally detest. It makes me do a little sick in my mouth when I hear it, and I'm in no way a natural networker. After hearing something that Amy Lewis said on the Geek Whisperers podcast recently I decided it was time to make a real effort and just accept that I'll be outside of my comfort zone all week. It's paid off big style - I've met so many people I'd previously only followed from afar and had some awesome chats, and I'm so happy that I did so.

Other than that: after the amount of fun I had at the Hackathon last year I had to be involved in that. Once again, it was my highlight of the show and this time not only did I learn some stuff about Ansible but I also wrote some frickin' code and pushed it to Github. You still can't take the smile off my face, I know it's such a small thing but I've spent the last few years wanting to learn some code so badly and now the bug has bitten me there's definitely more to come. Our team wasn't one of the winners, but from my perspective that doesn't matter in the slightest - we had an absolute blast (thanks to team captain Phillipe Dellaert and Robert Kloosterhuis for the chocolatey goodness!), and for me that's what it was all about. Lots of chats with folks who would love to see this as an all-day event, or with local events as part of VMUG Usercons. Be sure to provide the good people of VMware Code your feedback and help to build this into the world beater we know it can be.

Finally: as some of you may know I co-present a little podcast. We landed a couple of interviews with some very important folks (the first is out now - more at http://v-it.pro/2017/09/13/i-think-we-may-have-a-bit-of-a-scoop-2/) and I'm immensely proud to be part of this crew. Despite what some may think I'm naturally massively introverted (thanks again to Amy for showing that introverts can do this stuff), so to have been a part of something that goes from an idea to an interview with Pat Gelsinger in a year is a great source of pride for me.

That's about all from me for now, but I wanted to sign off with a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has said hi to me this year, and I look forward to doing it all over again next year (albeit in November, when it may be a little cooler).