While in college, I was fortunate to have two internships with EMC. When I came on board to work the summer months, some of my co-workers were just returning from EMC World. I knew these conventions were a big deal, but how big? Last week I had the opportunity to attend the first joint Dell EMC World located in Las Vegas.
When I checked in for the event on Sunday afternoon, I was able to walk the show floor. I have never felt so small in a building! The convention was set to take place in the 1.5 million square foot Venetian convention center, which now looked much more like a construction site than a trade show. There were workers with hard hats, forklifts buzzing around like bees, and people running electrical wires from the rafters to light up the snazzy booths in the coming week.
I woke up Monday morning to attend the Michael Dell keynote that would officially kick off Dell EMC World 2017. I found myself surrounded by roughly 12,000 IT practitioners, business decision makers, analysts, and customers funneling into the conference hall to listen to what Michael had to say.
After the keynote and announcements of future technologies, it was time for the solutions expo to open. Walking on the show floor Monday afternoon was a much different vibe than Sunday during registration. There was booth signage hanging from the ceiling every direction you looked, bright lights flickering in the background, a BMW i8 in the middle of the show floor, and my favorite—an obstacle course for drones!
After quickly checking out the 150+ booths, it was time to staff the Data Protection booth and speak with customers and prospects. Because I work on the marketing team, I don’t speak with customers as often as I would like. However, while staffing the booth, I had the opportunity to speak with Mozy customers, prospects, analysts, and folks from all around the world. It was a very gratifying feeling to speak with Mozy customers and hear their stories about how Mozy has saved the day, or how Mozy is helping in their company’s IT transformation.
On Tuesday night, Mozy hosted a customer appreciation dinner at the Venetian. It was an excellent opportunity to get to know each other better.
All in all, Dell EMC World surpassed my expectations. I now have a much better understanding of Dell’s motto, “Go Big, Win Big.” Dell EMC World 2017 was just that. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Dell EMC World. Maybe I’ll see you at the Mozy booth!