Where Am I at VMworld 2018?

Where Am I at VMworld 2018?

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Here We Go Again!

Another year past, and we’re back at VMworld time again. This time around, its a very different conference for me. Since moving into the new role, VMworld “stuff” is actually part of my real JOB - imagine that!

It’s a pretty insane year for me, I’m going to be all over the place - but I’m looking forward to it. There’s a ton of people I’m hoping to run into; if you’re reading this - I’m willing to bet you are one of them. That begs the question - What IS the best way to run into me this year? I don’t have a schedule as crazy as Kyle Ruddy but I’ll absolutely be running around quite a bit!

VMworld Hands on Lab’s

Sunday-Thursday, first half of every day (roughly 8am until 12:30ish on average)

I was lucky enough to get to join up with the vRealize Automation lab team; led by some of the people I look up to most (Jon Schulman, Kim Delgado, and Gregg Parsons). I am captaining the 1921-03 series of labs, based on Advanced Extensibility. This lab covers external extensibility like Puppet, ServiceNow, Infoblox - but also has a new addition of Custom Forms which was introduced in vRealize Automation 7.4.

I’ll be there each day helping with escalations, handling technical Q&A, and generally living the dream! Stop by and say “Hi” - there are going to be some awesome announcements at VMworld, and I’ll be happy to sit down and take you through what it all really means!

Break-Out Session

VMware REST APIs, Python, and You: A Coding Primer [VIN2626BU] Wednesday August 29th, 2:00pm-3:00pm

I’m extremely excited about this session for a few reasons. First of all, I get to present with Kyle Ruddy - who’s someone I have a huge amount of respect for. I can say that, because I know his beard actually won’t allow his head to get any bigger.

From a content standpoint - I’m excited about this session because it’s giving us an opportunity to deliver some education content at a VMworld session around actual programmatic interaction with REST APIs. We’re typically very focused on the marketing message when it comes to VMworld - it’s exciting to be able to deliver a very technical “How to smash some code into a keyboard” kind of content.

I’m putting the final touches on the deck this week, and it’s going to be a lot of fun, We’ll be looking at taking some real world examples of REST API interaction across multiple products, and bringing them in via Python. If you come to this session, you should leave it with a basic understanding on how to do the same thing!

Experts Led Workshop

vRealize Automation – Doing More with Custom Forms Workshop [ELW-1921-09-CMP_U] Monday August 27th, 5:00pm-6:00pm

The experts led workshops are a great opportunity to learn about some specific hands on lab content, with a captain in the room to ask questions and have some discussion around. I’ll be leading a workshop on getting more out of the vRealize Automation Custom Forms engine. This is a really important module. I can’t say why yet; but i’d encourage you to come through - it’s going to be a VERY relevant workshop!

vExperts Sessions

Mystery CLOUD Session 1 - Tuesday August 28th, 4:15pm-5:15pm Mystery AUTOMATION Session 2 - Wednesday August 29th, 5:15pm-6:15pm

I’m leading 2 “secret” vExpert sessions on content that I can’t discuss yet. I’ll be getting a sign up out in the next few days - so if you’re a member of the vExpert community, I highly recommend signing up. I’ll be teaming up with Jon Schulman and Grant Orchard on these.

Potential VMTN Community Session

Google Cloud Plugin for vRealize Automation

I’m working on some details still (quite last minute…) about doing a session in the VMTN community area around the new Google Cloud Plugin for vRealize Automation. I’ve been heavily involved in this plugin, and really excited to potentially get on stage with Google to share some great news about its direction!

Hackathon 2018

I’m partnering with my good buddy Steve Carnes yet again to tackle the Hackathon. After a failed attempt last year, we’re seeking redemption by tackling a project leveraging Hashicorp’s Vault product, ClarityUI, Flask, and NodeJS/Angular.

Miscellaneous Events

I’m hoping to spend some time at our Meet the Experts area (even though im not formally scheduled) to find some opportunities to chat about automation. I’m hoping to drop by the vRealize Automation booth to hang out with my team, meet some customers, and have some impromptu demos of some cool content that I can’t talk about here yet. All of this will be announced at VMworld!

My Next Blog Post - A Goal for VMworld 2018

I don’t typically call out what my next blog post is going to be, but since this one is related to VMworld, I’m going to go ahead and do it…

I’m going to be publishing a blog post on Wednesday around a goal I have for this VMworld - My goal for this VMworld is to teach 3 people/groups something new. The idea is to do this outside of standard breakout sessions. My goal is to interact with the #vCommunity in a unique way, by passing on knowledge. A couple of ideas for those of you that are interested in helping me reach this goal…
* Career/Branding * Imposter Syndrome * Homelabs * Doing Unnatural Things With vRA * Python * Getting Started with “X”

Looking forward to hitting Vegas (AND Barcelona in the fall) and seeing everyone there!