Well, the UserCon itself isn’t starting yet it’s just today’s warmup events that are about to get started. Tomorrow is our 6th annual all day User Conference but we are getting things started today with a couple of related events:
If you haven’t yet registered for the 2015 WI-VMUG UserCon, you can register here. If you find pre-registration is closed, don’t worry as you can also register on-site tomorrow.
Here’s a link to a previous blog post with many more details but here’s a couple important highlights to know:
WI-VMUG is having our annual UserCon on April 28th and to start it off on an awesome foot, we are hosting a vBeers the night before at the bar of the Marriott. We are graciously being sponsored by both Capital Data and Pure Storage. They will have engineers at the event which can answer any and all questions you have about their respective businesses. This will also allow for an OPEN BAR!! The timing on the open bar is still being determined but we are planning for 5:30-9:30pm currently with appetizers available.
Location: Marriott Madison West
Address: 1313 John Q Hammons Drive Middleton, WI 53562
Date: Monday, April 27th 2015
We hope if you are coming to the UserCon and staying over the night before, or if you are in the Madison area, stop in and talk to some VMUG members, enjoy some drinks, and get psyched for the WI-VMUG 2015 UserCon!!!
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It’s almost time for the 6th Annual Wisconsin VMUG UserCon. The 2015 User Conference is shaping up to be our biggest and we think our best event ever. It is being held on Tuesday, April 28th at the Madison Marriott West.
Last year we had 480 attendees, our goal going into this year was 525 but we are hoping to go above and beyond that number. To do so we need your help. If you haven’t registered yet, what better time than now to do so. Also help spread the word to your customers, co-workers and friends. This free event is open to everyone whether you are a current VMUG member or not.
If you want to get an idea of what the event is like and the enthusiasm of the attendees, check out this VMUG Membership Benefits video filmed during last year’s conference:
There are two outstanding events being held at the same venue the day before to get the ball rolling:
Here’s some of the highlights of the UserCon:
While everything highlighted above makes this a can’t miss event, many of those who have attended this event in the past will tell you that the biggest reason to attend is all the great networking opportunities with your peers, VMware staff and our sponsors throughout the day.
There are three last items that we need to point out:
The Wisconsin VMUG is giving away three, yes 3 home labs at our 2015 UserCon coming up on Tuesday, April 28th. There will be one Grand Prize lab and two starter home labs thanks to your local Wisconsin VMUG, Intel and Synology.
We have two starter home labs that consists of:
While the Grand Prize lab consists of:
The winners of these home labs will get to enjoy some excellent hardware while not requiring a data center rack in their basement.
The 2015 VMware vExpert list is out and the Wisconsin VMUG is well represented with at least 11 (out of 1017 worldwide) on the list:http://blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2015/02/vexpert-2014-announcement-2.html
Co-Leaders Mike Nelson (@nelmedia), Nathan Scheunemann (@chickendilla) and Rod Gabriel (@ThatFridgeGuy).
Steering Committee members: Brian Kirsch (@bckirsch), Sean Massey (@seanpmassey) and Aaron Bolthouse (@Bhouse563)
WI-VMUG members: Bob Plankers (@plankers), Jeremy Gruenke (@grinks311), Anthony Hook (@anthonyrhook), Brandon Hahn (@brandonhahn) and Shawn Conaway (@sconaway).
Honorable mention goes out to Matt Leib (@MBLeib) who resides on the wrong side of the cheddar curtain but slips across from time to time to make it to a Wisconsin VMUG meeting.
Any others I missed?
March 24th starting at 11:00am we will be having a VMUG meeting at the SuperBowl Bowling Lanes in Appleton. Simplivity is sponsoring the event with lunch being served at 11:30. There will be a Simplivity presentation along with a VMUG member presentation by Anthony Hook. We will also hear from VMware on their latest product news.
As always, the cost to you is FREE, so why not come bowling, eat some food, and hang out with fellow VMUG members!