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BrainShare 2006

I’m now in downtown Salt Lake City for the week of BrainShare. It’s raining – but the BrainShare banners are everywhere, attendees are starting to arrive, hotels are full (or even overbooked!) and already there is a definate buzz building.

I’ve been down to the Technology Lab already; dropped off my demo servers for the keynotes; checked everything looks ok.

Tonight is a catchup with the team; tomorrow is an all day analyst event. I’m off to the spa 🙂


Mark Schouls sent me a link to this Tshirt site; I don’t know whether to be worried by this…

Someone in Germany (or maybe Austria/Switzerland) is either surprisingly supportive of the Evil ZEN Scientist concept.. or I have a doppelganger. (I hope it’s not a stalker!)

Reminds me of my good friend Jerry Chadwick – who used to be the engineering manager for Novell Application Launcher. He had ‘NAL groupies’ who would follow him around at BrainShare – even into the restroom. 🙂

Written at: London Heathrow Airport, England

Novell Cool Blogs – hopefully the final update

We’re in the home straight; final testing for the new Novell Cool Blogs.

I’ve been hitting the test system hard in the last week – making suggestions to the Novell team that are making this happen. There are two main updates – the plan is now to use WordPress for the blog infrastucture; second launch is due ‘next week’.

The internal test system looks really great; all Novell branded and look and feel – but with live blog content. All of your favourite features should be there – comments, trackback, pings – as well as some unique blog posts from Novell’s strongest personalities.

I’ll leave it until announcement time so as not to spoil the surprise – but watch out – this is going to be big!

Special kudos to Mr Jared Nyland from Novell’s web team; he’s been awesome.

BrainShare 2006

More updates on BrainShare 2006.

I am in Provo, UT all week – working with Mark Schouls – on our BrainShare session and demo:

Session Title: ZENworks Design, and the Lifecycle Management Framework
Length: 2 Hours
Level: Advanced
Abstract: Over the past number of years Novell has presented the ZENworks Lifecycle Management diagram in many of the ZENworks related sessions. This session will focus squarly on how to design a rock solid ZENworks infrastructure and put lifecycle management into practice. Join this session to learn how to fully leverage your ZENworks architecture, take advantage of best practices, and see a live lifecycle management demonstration. This session is a combination of both theory and live demonstration.
Speaker: Mark Schouls

ZENworks Product Manager
Novell, Inc.

Martin Buckley

Director of Product Management – Resource Management
Novell, Inc.

Should be good fun. We’re working on the ‘minimal slides, maximum demo’ approach.

So far I am documenting how to build a successful ZENworks demo/workshop/lab – I will get that posted to the (soon to be launched) Novell Cool Blogs community.

The summary of the session describes the life of an employee – presented in a two hour session. From day zero (hire) to when the employee leaves for pastures new – the session and demo will describe how ZENworks, Novell Identity Manager and other solutions can control the lifecycle of the user and their hardware.

I’ll post more in the next week or so – but I’m saving the bulk of the information for the new Cool Blogs!