Slan Las Vegas!

Well, I am sitting in McCarran Airport awaiting my double leg flight home. I can’t wait to see my wife and kids. I have missed them so much. I have been contemplating the last week of EMC World. from the perspective of my role, it was a heck of a lot of fun and extremely rewarding for the Social Comunity I represent. I take my hat off to Len Devanna and his team. The Bloggers Lounge and Social city were a tremendous asset. Particularly I owe a debt of gratitude to Susan Sharpiro, Alan Zenreich and Ray Havey for their stellar support and facilitation of the Support Forums MVP’s and Judges meet up.

The value of that panel discussion is continuing and has caught the attention of our marketing team already. Social City has proven the infrastructure and value of online video discussions like these. Don’t be surprised by EMC using events like these in the future. I know I will be pushing our team to leverage it for a number of initiatives next quarter.

This is not to to say EMC World ran smoothly for me. I really did not get to blog as much as I wanted to at the event. My laptop just cdid not want to cooperate with me at all. Thankfully I have an iPad now, which I am blogging from right now in fact. If I do get to go to EMC World next year at least accessing the network via mobile devices won’t be an issue for me anymore. Another resource hog was the Online Support booth. I don’t mean that in a bad way. I mean that we were very busy talking to customers. It was surprising to meet so many customers who were not aware that we had Support Forums. they were really happy to see them, to be shown how to use them, and delighted they would be opening up soon. It’s just a shame that Powerlinmk navigation is so cumbersome. But never fear the next generation of Powerlink. Is in bevta and due for general release very soon. It will certainly put an end to an awful lot of navigation issues for searching for the right content.

Overall, EMC World was a tremendous success. Now roll on my flights home.

Taking 5 at the Blogers lounge in Social City

Thanks to @nerdblurt for the loan of his iPad for this post. my laptop refuses to join the wireless network. Rather petulant :).

Anyway brief post to let people know the Support Forums Luncheon was a great success. It was so good to see our Comunity members in person. I got to meet @SandipNanda in person. Seeing him and the other MVPs receive their awards for their contribution was very satisfying. So to our VP Julie Larsen sharing that we are opening the Support Forums and launching multilingual Forums, starting with Chinese and Japanese. What was also shared and I’m delighted to repeat here is the news that the Support Forums MVP program and ECN Experts Program are rolling up to new program that will be focused on the entire ECN Community. More on that will be revealed in time. EMC World continues to be an awesome event and rightfully is making the news for all very good reasons. I’ve made many new friends and
Caught up with old ones. It’s been awesome. More from me later with photos etc, when my laptop decides to behave itself.

Viva Las Vegas!

Well I’m here! It was an awfully long Journey, not helped by the fact that direct flights from Cork to Vegas do not exist. And so that journey to Heathrow through the gamut of bus changes to get to T5. Then the 10 hour haul, stuck in the middle of the middle on a full flight. Ugh, it was not pretty. Getting used to the time difference now.

Funnily I thought getting through immigration check at Las Vegas airport was reminiscent of Ellis Island ๐Ÿ™‚ It was packed and slow going. But it was all good natured. I think everyone on that flight is attending EMC World ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyhow, checking in to the Venetian  was crazy following a quick cab ride. Multitudes of people checking in, all seemed to be for this Conference :). Thankfully after settling into my room I caught up with @nerdblurt  and crew.  It’s always good seeing Luigi, every time I meet him he introduces me to someone new who’s a Social Media guru or champion. In any event, it’s early in Vegas, 8am to be exact. I intend going out and catching the early morning and some exploring. Then in the afternoon I’ll be registering and heading in to help setup stuff for EMC World.

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks of final planning for our eServices and ECN part of EMC World this year. That with our regular job makes for fun frenetic times.

For my part here is what I will be helping happen from an Event Point of view for EMC World  for eServices and ECN.

On Monday, May 9th, from 12:30 – 200pm (PDT)  we are hosting EMC Support Forums Luncheon. This will be a luncheon for Community members to meet Network and help us celebrate the ECN Support Forums Most Valuable Payer winners for 2010. 

On Wednesday, May 11th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m, at EMC World’s Social City, Meet the MVP’s in person or online. The MVP’s and judges will be part of a discussion panel, discussing their experiences with the Support Forums and the EMC Community Network . There will be a live video broadcast and online Q + A.

Along with this I will be in the Solutions Pavilion with my colleagues at the Powerlink/Online Support booth. See the schedule for the Solutions Pavilion here:

I’ll also be at the Bloggers Lounge near Social city from time to time. 

I’ll be about, if you’re in Vegas or not, follow me on twitter @MabroIRL. 

EMC World is a crazy time, networking and meeting peers, making new friends. It’s a fabulous event And I’m looking forward to it. Especially sharing the news of opening the EMC Support Forums very soon. Reaction to that just from last night in general chat has been overwhelmingly positive, and the theme of the response is “finally and awesome” in the same breath. So Yee Haw!!! Now to settle my nerves with a walk through Vegas and then this afternoon the real fun begins ๐Ÿ™‚

See you out there! I look forward to meeting you.

What happens in Vegas, doesnโ€™t stay in Vegas anymoreโ€ฆ

What happens in Vegas,  doesnโ€™t stay in Vegas anymoreโ€ฆ
A brilliant tag line for what Social Meida has become and quite literal when it comes to what I’ll be doing in Vegas with EMC ๐Ÿ™‚

So work is at warp speed. Frenetic planning for EMC World.
As well as the Solutions Pavillion, manning our Support Forums booth, we have other major events that are going on and kind of cool. I’m sharing this one now, and keeping the others for later. Rationing my blog material so I don’t burn out.

So as you can see above  on the right, Social City is happening at EMC World. Part of Social City will be the informal meetups.

Wednesday, May 11th, 10:30 – 11:30 am (PDT): Our Support Forums Competition winners for the Most Valuable Players of 2010, will take part in a panel discussion with the competition judges. They will discuss and take questions about their highlighted experiences on the Support Forums and the overall EMC Community Network. This will be a live video broadcast event , including a Live Q+A session, so those not attending EMC World can participate.

It’ll be a fun event and a chance for our Support Forums Community members to network in a live discussion. I’ll be sure to share the details of the URL to see the video and live Q+A.
This is going to be awesome and something I’ve been chomping at the bit to do since last years conference. I”m so happy it’s coming altogether. I just had to share. More later …

Oh and here is a link to the list of meetups happening at Social City:

Why I’m delighted to be going to EMC World 2011

Well it’s official, my registration is through and I will be attending EMC World in Las Vegas, from May 9th to 12th.

It will be my second time attending this event, and if the last year is anything to go by it will be an intense few days. While I will be leaving my wife to look after our 2 children while I’m away (that part I hate) it will be another opportunity to meet Customers, Partners and EMC’ers who rock in their expertise.
It’s particularly good this year as the Support Forums / Community will be highlighted prominently. More on that in the coming weeks. What I can tell you specifically is that we are again highlighting the Most Valuable Players of the EMC Support Forums at a luncheon in their honor.

For those of you reading this and not registered Powerlink users the following explains the Program:: 
“The MVP Program recognizes outstanding members of the EMC Support Forums based on their contributions, collaboration and innovative ideas.  The Program is designed BY and FOR forum users and is sponsored by EMC Corporation.” Winners of the MVP award will receive a conference pass to EMC World, with travel and accommodation expense.  What’s really cool about this is that it allows people who would not normally attend EMC World to go.

Last year at EMC World, I attended as last minute replacement for my boss who left, but did not go far thankfully ๐Ÿ™‚ It was an intense experience and was a baptism of fire in networking, meeting people, collaborating on ideas.
I really got steeped in Social Media, and had many firsts in that setting. My first tweet up, my first meeting with a person I followed on Twitter! My first foray in Four Square and getting badges. It was a great experience. It brought me face to face with EMC Support Forums contributors. People I had worked with on the Forums for the last nine months were greeting me in person. The freaky thing was that had already had our preamble on the Forums, so our first meeting was like catching up with a friend I’d seen last week ๐Ÿ™‚ Instantaneous conversation. I also made many new friends and colleagues. It was all new to me. I loved it, and id it really ignited my passion in advocating our Support Forums and Social Media engagement in a Support context.

I look forward to this year’s  event, I will be attending with my new boss, although he’s been my boss for almost a year now so not so new. I also look forward to seeing Vegas. I’ve never been, all I’ve seen is what’s on TV. A long way from West Cork. It should be blast!

See you there, if you’re going ๐Ÿ™‚