Tech Field Day 20 will take place next week from 12 to 15-Nov-19. While it seems like it’s just yet another Tech Field Day, it’s definitely not.At least not for me, and for two reasons.
My first Tech Field Day is next week
First reason is that TFD20 will be my first fully-fledged Tech Field Day.
Whaaaat? Yes, friends. I’ve attended 17 Field Day events so far, and these were either Storage Field Days or “Extra / Exclusive” vendor conference events. So I’m quite curious about the mixed set of presenters.
This will definitely be a holistic event combining networking, monitoring, storage, HCI and data protection (being high level here), so there’s food for thought for every delegate.
10 Years of Tech Field Day
Second reason is that Tech Field Day 20 also marks the 10th anniversary since the first Tech Field Day happened. Stephen Foskett has published a series of articles on the matter (expecting to see more until Thursday 14-Nov-19), so check regularly.
Being one of the newest delegates participating at TFD20 (I did my 1st TFDx in January 2016) I can’t recall the old days of Tech Field Day. But I do recall however the not-so-distant time when most of the events were run by Stephen Foskett and Tom Hollingsworth.
I do miss the days when both Tom & Stephen were present together at events, but on the other hand Stephen did a great job at building a great team around this concept, and this enabled Tech Field Day to scale while keeping the same format.
This is also an occasion to greet and thank the awesome support team primarily based out of Ohio. These fine ladies & gentlemen do an incredible job in making the event series a success, dealing with logistics, paperwork, all this while also being so nice & friendly to us delegates.
What to expect at Tech Field Day 20
What I’m expecting the most is that I’ll get out of my comfort zone. This is no Storage Field Day, much more diversity is present, but that will hopefully also energize my brain cells.
I’ve already had to do that with VeloCloud (one of our TECHunplugged customers) both at the London SD-WAN Summit and at VMworld 2019. This at least give me some preparation to handle better some of the potential discussions around SD-WAN.
Needless to say, I look forward to be reunited with friends that I haven’t seen for too long. While it’s sad that not all of my favorite delegates can be there, this will be nevertheless an awesome selection. This also entails seeing my Tech Field Day friends, especially those who are based out of Ohio (if you are going around, make sure to visit them – kind-hearted people!).
It looks like we may also be hanging out in one of my favorite place in the Silicon Valley, so much looking forward to it!
So that’s it friends. I’m writing this 4 days before flying to the Silicon Valley, times have been very busy but also very stimulating. This is also why you’re not seeing much content out of kamshin.com these days.
We’ve relaunched TECHunplugged.io and I am regularly blogging there, on top of writing content for third-parties. I love to blog about technology and hope to continue doing so, but there’s a need for consistency that makes me push more “news” kind of content on the TECHunplugged Blog, while I will probably continue posting here about technology in general, deep-dives, but also tech-related opinion matters.
I’m glad I managed to write after all, and of course hope to see you all, old & new friends!
This post is a part of my Tech Field Day 20 post series. I am invited to the event by Gestalt IT. Gestalt IT will cover expenses related to the events travel, accommodation and food during the event duration. I will not receive any compensation for participation in this event, and I am also not obliged to blog or produce any kind of content.
Any tweets, blog articles or any other form of content I may produce are the exclusive product of my interest in technology and my will to share information with my peers. I will commit to share only my own point of view and analysis of the products and technologies I will be seeing/listening about during this event.