VMworld 2014 pre-conference post

Yes, this is this time of the year! No I am not talking about kids going to camp, or fall coming upon us. I mean the best conference of the year, VMworld. This is my 9th or 10th time, I lost count. Working now at VMware I know most of the announcements coming and I can tell you right now, this is going to be an awesome conference! By saying awesome I mean many people are going to be awe’d from what VMware has lined up.

So this is just the preconf post, I can’t detail more but stay tuned bcause I’ll have much to say after the conference begins. And most of all if you are attending have fun, network with peers, learn and discover. With  no limits!!! read more

Important to not burn out while preparing for the VCDX defense

I felt it a lot, the guilt of not working hard enough on my presentation before the defense, especially after submission of the application while waiting for the results to come in. It took a few weeks to know if we are going to defend our crazy design and during that time i’ve probably put 2% effort in average of the amount of effort I put when we worked on the design.

If you are in that stage you probably read many blogs about VCDX journey by now, many are saying to start working on the presentation a minute after you submitted the application and not to wait for the results. read more

Incorporating business requirements into your VCDX presentation

This is a question I asked my self many time throughout our preparation to the defense and we had several iterations of it before we got to the final version, how do I incorporate the business requirements into the presentation  (By saying Business requirements I mean constraints and risks as well).

Ggenerally speaking the main presentation should be no more then 15 minutes, this is not enough to cover everything in your solution design ofcourse, not even close, that’s fine since the presentation is meant to give you and the panel points for discussion from which you can break out to your backup slides (we had 80 backup slides!). There a several good posts about creating your presentation which i used: read more