Being fairly busy recently with work and the organization of the Czech Republic VMUG event in Prague (on 11. 2. 2016) I realized that, while I tweeted to thank people, I forgot posting about these unexpected and wonderful news. So…
Two weeks ago when I received an e-mail from Tom Hollingsworth asking me if I would be available to participate in Tech Field Day Extra at Cisco Live Europe 2016 as a delegate. If you are working in the industry and follow the interesting vendor-independent events taking place you will surely know what Tech Field Day stands for: content intensive sessions with top-notch analysts and experts listening and interacting with presenters showing up the latest innovations, products and tech to come. The largest Tech Field Day events are also covered by live streaming and also by an abundant number of tweets – if you miss that a TFD event is going on, you probably are off the grid or not on twitter.
Considering the high technical level and most importantly the knowledge and reputation of the attendees you can imagine my surprise, my excitement and my anxiety at the same time! And you can also imagine that I indeed accepted with great pleasure.
I remember meeting Stephen Foskett (who organizes Tech Field Day events) in London about a year ago where I went to attend the Tech.Unplugged conference and the London VMUG. I only recall that on the BeerTweetup evening, after discussing Hans’s fabulous hard disk watch, Enrico Signoretti was suggesting Stephen to invite me sometime. It appears that Stephen thought about it, I for one would never picture myself among such prestigious peers. I am needless to say extremely honored and humbled to have been invited & I look very much forward to the event and to meet everyone!
BTW, if you don’t know Tech.Unplugged, I urge you to have a look and attend at the next conference near you (hint: next one is in Austin).
Very loosely related to this post, the photo above was taken by Hans De Leenheer and features Joep Piscaer and Arjan Timmerman with yours truly, heading to the BeerTweetup in London last year. What you can see is a fine example of how contention is triggered when large (=business critical) workloads are placed on inadequate infrastructure. You can see that I haven’t gotten yet quite acquainted with the wonders of compression.
P.S.: Disclosure post will come in after the event.