One week before EMC World

The ramping up for EMC World is shifting gears now — the final week is upon us, and there’s no room for further delay.  There’s a sense of urgency among the attendees, as they finalize their presentations, attend dry-runs, iron out last-minute details, and double-check their travel plans.

This is my first year attending EMC World, and I plan to blog it in as close to real time as I can.  That probably means daily blog posts summing things up, and frequent twitter updates.  I have to do the EMC ControlCenter hands-on 5 times in 4 days, each time 2.5 hours plus setup/teardown.  Not sure how much time I’ll have for attending other sessions or wandering the floor.  We’ll see.  I really want to check out the Innovation Showcase.

Some folks are talking about off hours plans, which I’ve made zero of.  No tickets for shows or anything like that.  We’ll have to play it by ear.  I do have one unofficial after-hours plan – get someone else to expense my dinner every night.  I hate filling out expense forms :).

Some other unofficial after-hours goals for EMC World?

  • Find a fellow blogger and realize I have nothing in common with them beyond blogging, resulting in awkward silence and much fidgeting
  • Buy Steve Todd a drink.  Milk or beer, his choice (sorry, old in-joke).
  • Witness my manager doing something I can blackmail him with, without being incriminated myself.
  • Visibly cringe whenever anyone says “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” after doing something like ordering a beer with dinner or dropping a quarter into a slot machine.

More updates later in the week as the prep gets finalized!