As an introduction to and a preparation for the Virtualization Week happening on April 20-24 we had a great SAP Mentor Webinar with the driving force behind this effort at SAP https://weblogs.sdn.sap.com/pub/u/251720051 [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken].
He introduced the concept behind it including a little history and explained the three levels of virtualization. Two of them are covered with partner and SAP solutions already and the third level is something that many companies are working on.
Roland also introduced us to the Virtualization Week happening on April 20-24 in Palo Alto, with $699 for in person and $100 for virtual participation quite reasonable priced.
They really have thought it through how to integrate the online audience with the participants who are going to be in person at the Co-Innovation Lab.
We have 4 cameras installed and the slides will be sliced into the video stream too. The goal is to have the GoToWebinar chat displayed on a big plasma to the side of the room, to bring the online audience into the room.
It is something that I am trying to do with my Future Salon too, but my setup is like a Rube Goldberg construction and they will have Citrix sponsorship and support all the way.
Even more important, Roland made sure that during every presentation there are one or two subject matter experts in the chat to answer any questions in a timely manner.
I can’t wait to be part of this one. Years ago I participated at the AlwaysOn and these additional features really changed the experience dramatically. That time it felt as being too much. The dynamic also changes, as the audience behind the computer is much more likely to call out bad presentation or go off in their own little entertaining chat, but that makes it much more interesting for everyone involved. If you come in person, don’t forget your laptop or smartphone, so that you can get in on the action.
Update: Here are the slides that I uploaded for Roland, as he is busy putting the finishing touches on the Virtualization Week happening this coming week. See you hopefully at least virtually there.