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Heading back home

Well – BrainShare Barcelona is over for another year. I’m just now collating the feedback from this week. Overall a very very positive event.

I’m getting on a plane this morning to head back to Utah – Barcelona -> London Heathrow -> Chicago -> Salt Lake City.

It’s an early start (urg – up at 5am!) – but at least I’ll be back in Utah early evening.

I’ll post the final photos and keynote reports sometime early next week.

BrainShare Barcelona – day 3 – Wednesday 14th September

My second day of back to back meetings and presentations.

TUT 317 – ZENworks Linux Management best practices and TUT 315 – ZENworks Patch Management best practices

Lots of time preparing for the Thursday keynote. Just sitting back stage – and there are some incredible demos in store.

(Session download information: User name: cb_novell, Password: n0ve11)

BrainShare Barcelona – day 2 – Tuesday 13th September

A busy day. I will post photos later today!



Up early for a final run through of the keynote. All went well – I co-presented with Alan Murray; we covered ZENworks 7, ZENworks 7 Linux Management and ZENworks 7 Asset Management. Everything worked well – and we were exactly within our time allocation.


More sessions this afternoon – TUT 217 – ZENworks Architecture overview and future, TUT 223 – Managing NLD with ZLM and finally TUT 317 – ZENworks Linux Management best practices.

(Session download information: User name: cb_novell, Password: n0ve11)

BrainShare Barcelona – day 1 – Monday 12th September

Day 1 of BrainShare – and it feels like day 5 already!

I arrived in Barcelona on Friday and spent the whole of Saturday training our EMEA Category Specialists and Consultants. That was fun. It was great to see some familiar faces again.

Today I was building the keynote demo for the Tuesday keynote – all of the usual fun.

I also presented my first session of the week – TUT 315 – ZENworks Patch Management best practices.

(Session download information: User name: cb_novell, Password: n0ve11)

I finally finished the evening rehearsing the keynote – late night again. I missed the ZENworks Community of Practice dinner – which was sad.

Building a keynote demo – revisited

I blogged from BrainShare in SLC about building a keynote demo.

The keynote we build for BrainShare in March was based on pre-release code; an early beta of ZENworks 7 Linux Management and a hastily rebranded early look at ZENworks Asset Management.

Things are a lot easier this time – we now have shipping product to demo with – and I am using the fantastic integrated demo system from Doc Hodges. I’ve got a few good workstations and VMware images.


I’ll take some more screen shots and share them online.

Blogging and Conferences

Robert Scoble had an interesting post on blogging at Microsoft Professional Developers Conference:

A new kind of conference experience from the inside

You know, for a conference team, blogs have really changed how we can watch the customer’s experience. We’re hitting the blogs a lot to see what people are reporting. Since there’s 1,000 bloggers here, if there’s a problem it’s very likely to get blogged before we even know about it. The scale of the PDC is just huge. It takes something like 15 minutes to walk from one end of the hall to the other and really the customer experience is all over the city. If you aren’t having a good experience in your hotel, for instance, it reflects poorly on the conference. Often times we can help if we know but in the old days a conference team wouldn’t be able to see these kinds of problems in real time.

Interesting. I’ll see how many people are here at BrainShare Barcelona blogging – certainly this looks interesting for BrainShare in SLC next year.