30th March 2019

North West England VMUG – Manchester 2019

North West England VMUG – Manchester 2019

My VMUG tour for 2019 continued in March with a trip up to Manchester.   However, this was a bit different, I was presenting this time.  The week before the event a colleague reached out to ask if I would be available to cover his slot, at first it seemed like a terrible idea.  I ran through all of the excuses I could think of not to present, and realised that they where all rubbish, so said yes.

North West England VMUG - Manchester 2019

Simon Conyard Speaking and the NW England VMUG

The NW VMUG was held at the Dirty Martini in the Deansgate area of Manchester, a new venue for the event – not that you would know it, the VMUG leaders had everything prepared and the event ran smoothly.  Even a delay in the lunchtime chicken order couldn’t upset moods.

The speakers for the day where;

  • From Server Admin To Cloud Admin – Chris Beckett
  • Igel – Vendor Presentation
  • VMware Presentation – Joe Baguley
  • Migration Steps to Success – Simon Conyard
  • Zerto – Vendor Presentation
  • vSphere upgrades from both sides of the fence (Customer & Partner) – Graham Barker & Bilal Ahmed
  • Sponsor Presentation ITPRO.TV

Not only was I on the same agenda as the VMware CTO, I’d somehow managed to be assigned the spot after him and after lunch, no pressure then!

The presentation I gave focused on my time working on a large scale migration.  What I learnt, how I went about setting the project up and trying to avoid any the technical discussion or get drawn into creating solutions.  I hate how quickly people in IT jump to solutions, all too often people ignore the problem and focus on deploying new technology, regardless of its organisational value.

I also included a demonstration of how to use a simple visualisation to go through the data, information, knowledge & wisdom model.

I think the session went well, and feedback to date has been positive.  When I think back, I think for the next session I’ll focus more on building a better narrative and learning the delivery of that, to remove the dependance on my notes.

Without wishing to sound cliched, it really is the case that if I can get up and present at a VMUG anybody can.