Yes Mr Cool J you heard that right – Although you don’t ‘think’ you are heading back, this guy is indeed ‘Goin back to Cali!’ While Mr Cool J would rather stay in New York I’m heading to Silicon Valley to partake in Tech Field Day 12 with a slew of great delegates and sponsors alike! This will be my first time in the Valley – so I’m pretty pumped to say the least! I’m excited to finally be in the heart of all of the companies and technologies that I’ve been using my whole life, and writing about here for the past 5 years or so!
So if you haven’t heard of Tech Field Day then you have most certainly been missing out! TFD is the brainchild of Stephen Foskett and his company Gestalt IT and is essentially a learning resource for the community. Now I know, I know, there is already many many resources out there for us to find out about certain technologies or companies – we have white papers, books, blogs, videos, training, etc – but the problem is most of this stuff usually stems from strong marketing roots, and at times, can be a bit overwhelming trying to weed out the message from the technology! TFD solves this by deep diving into the technology, and by placing a dozen or so tech minded folks in a room with a vendor it helps to keep the presentations and messages on point – it’s about the technology, not the marketing! You know when you are sitting through a webinar or a presentation and someone poses a question – and said question is responded to with a “I’ll connect you with an SE or with someone afterwards to talk” – this kind of stuff doesn’t really happen at TFD – most the time, vendors and companies presenting have the knowledge and the resources in the room to leave no question unanswered – that’s what I like to think TFD is!
Anyways, so yeah, the Valley – so excited for this!! Tech Field Day 12 has a number of great sponsors and vendors lined up to present at the event (you can see them above). Some of these companies are giants (Dell EMC, Intel), some fairly new to the market (Rubrik, Cohesity), some are all the rage right now (Docker), and honestly some I’ve never dealt with or even really heard of (StorageOS, DriveScale, Igneous). It’s normally the latter that really impress me at these events! So heads up, the time is near – TFD12 airs November 15th and 16th with two jam packed days! To learn more about the event, certainly check out the official landing page!
As I have with the other TFD events I’ve participated in I’ll try to consolidate all of my content surrounding the event on a single page, which you can find here! A huge thanks to Gestalt IT for having me back! I can’t wait! Oh, and sorry for the 90’s hip hop references – it was as witty as I could get at the moment 🙂 Either way, I can almost hear those scratching records and that crazy jazz music which kicked of the song right now 🙂