EMC World 2016: A Curtain Raiser

There are many fantastic technology and industry conferences but EMC World is special. As we’re sprinting towards the doors opening at EMC World on May 2, here’s a countdown of the top eight things to see and do.

8) Interact with the Product Engineering Teams

EMC World started off as a technical conference and, despite its fair share of theatrics, bigger and glitzier venues and powerful agendas, at its core it remains a technical conference. It’s great to meet the engineers who designed either your favorite platforms/solutions or the one that is proving to be a thorn in your backside. This is your opportunity to tell them exactly what you think about their work and let them know how it has either made your life easier or more difficult, and if it can be improved upon.

7) Get Certified!

EMC Proven Professional is one of the leading education and certification program in the IT industry, providing a comprehensive coverage of information storage technologies, virtualization, cloud computing, and data science/big data analytics.

Getting certified is a great way to advance your career and there’s no better place to do it than at EMC World – it’s simple, it’s convenient, and it’s fast.

6) IT Leadership and Guru Tracks

A fantastic line up for Leadership and Guru Tracks from Nina Tandon, CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction to David Eagleman, the bestselling author of The Brain: The Story of You.

Our very own Chad Sakac will deliver an IT Leadership session on “Platforms Are the New End Game”.  In this talk he will focus on why customers should shift from a build to a buy consumption model and the impact of the software defined data center and cloud native applications on the ability of businesses to innovate and deliver unique and new opportunities.

5)  Solutions Expo Pavilion

The Solution Expo is a great way to explore EMC solutions and engage with 100+ partners and exhibitors who’ll be showcasing their products and services, including through live demonstrations.

A special mention should be made of the Converged Platforms Division’s team (booth #739) who’ll be demonstrating our full portfolio of Blocks, Racks, Appliances, plus showcasing major platforms and solutions that can be built on top. Be sure to visit the booth.

4) Holding up the Mirror:  Feedback and more feedback

Customers, partners, and peer feedback is the key thing that keeps us anchored to the ground and in close connection to what the current technology challenges are so we can deliver tomorrow’s solutions. We want to hear from YOU. What are we doing right, are there any technology/solutions gaps we need to address, what things are not working. So if you see anyone from senior leadership team whether it’s Joe Tucci, David Goulden, Chad Sakac or even me–come and talk to us. Don’t be scared to hold up the mirror to us.

3) General Session on Wednesday: Modernize Your Business

In this session Jeremy Burton, CJ Desai and Chad Sakac will talk about how cutting edge innovations in software-defined technologies, cloud native applications, new application development and modern analytics will enable customers to redefine enterprise IT and modernize their business. I would like to make a special mention of Chad Sakac who will be demonstrating our latest innovations and solutions on the stage.

EMC World Speakers

2) General Session on Tuesday: Modernize Your Data Center

Along with Jeremy Burton and Guy Churchward, Chad Sakac will talk about how EMC helps enterprises drive down costs and optimize traditional application workloads through the pillars of the modern data center: flash, cloud enabled, scale-out and software-defined.

A not-to-be-missed session as the Converged Platforms Division will be unveiling two significant announcements about our advanced portfolio and how we will continue to expedite our customers’ journey towards a modern data center supported by a scalable and robust infrastructure

1) General Session on Monday: modernize the industry with Joe Tucci, Michael Dell and David Goulden 

Without a doubt this will be the most popular and anticipated session of the event. Answering questions such as what does the merger of EMC and Dell mean for the future of the IT industry and these two businesses once combined? Joe Tucci and Michael Dell will share their vision of what lies ahead.

0) Duran Duran…

….will be playing at this year’s EMC World. For anyone growing up in the 80s and early 90s, Duran Duran were the seminal band providing a synthpop based backdrop to our coming of age years. I can’t wait to let our collective hair down to the anthemic sounds of The Reflex, Rio, and Ordinary World.

This year’s EMC World will be epic event and I can’t wait for it to kick-off!

About the Author: Trey Layton

Trey started his career in the US Military stationed at United States Central Command, MacDill AFB, FL. Trey served as an intelligence analyst focused on the Middle East and conducted support of missions in the first days of the war on terror. Following the military Trey joined Cisco where he served as an engineer for Data Center, IP Telephony and Security Technologies. Trey later joined the partner ecosystem where he modernized the practices of several national and regional partner organizations, helping them transform offerings to emerging technologies. Trey joined NetApp in 2004 where he contributed to the creation of best practices for Ethernet Storage and VMware integration. Trey contributed to the development of the architecture which became the basis for FlexPod. In 2010 Trey joined VCE, where he was promoted by Chairman & CEO, VCE, Michael Capellas to Chief Technology Officer, VCE. As CTO Trey was responsible for the product and technology strategy for Vblock, VxBlock, VxRack, Vscale and VxRail. During his tenure, VCE was recognized as one of the fastest technology companies to reach $1 Billion in revenues and one of the most successful joint ventures in IT history. The origional VCE products Trey has led strategy on continue to be leaders in their respective share categories around the world. In 2016 Trey was asked to lead from concept the development of an all Dell Technologies converged product. From that initial concept Trey led a global team of engineers to deliver Dell EMC PowerOne, the industry’s first autonomous infrastructure solution, embedding open source technologies which enable automated infrastructure integration based on declarative outcomes.