I’ve received several emails from folks who can’t find my session on the VMworld agenda. Did VMware kick me out because of my session last year? Or because of what I wrote about them misleading people. (Twice!) Or because of my article questioning their long term desktop strategy? Or maybe I’m boycotting VMworld because of their anti-competitive policies.
The truth, I’m afraid, is much more mundane. I’m not speaking at VMworld this year because I missed the session submission deadline. (d’oh!)
Last year I did the “TS versus VDI” session at VMware in the US and in Europe. (video) It was an awesome session that was repeated at both shows and packed the room every time, but I felt that I needed a new topic for this year as I didn’t want to become typecast as the VDI-versus-TS guy. I had a few rough ideas, but nothing that I really loved right away, so I planned to figure it out “later.” And sure enough, one thing led to another, and I completely forgot about presenting. It’s actually one of those things that just popped into my head randomly one day. “Crap! I forget about my session!” Of course by that point I had missed the deadline by several weeks. :(
So I will be at VMworld next week as an attendee, not a speaker. Gabe will be there too. We’ll be attending sessions and twittering from the keynote and recording a Brian Madden TV episode and talking to as many folks as we can. Sure, we’re going to view it as a “VMware event” and not an “industry event,” but we have a lot of questions for a lot of vendors that we hope to get answered next week.