So VMWorld 2012 is my first true IT convention. I have done regional education conferences, industry conferences like HIMMS and some trade show type stuff to promote my company. But for a true IT convention this is it. I am going to start by saying there is a lot of amazing stuff going on here and I mean A LOT. But I am going to cover that in another post or twelve.
My focus for this post is the number of people who are not here for the right reasons and this includes the vendors. I am going to go way out of my way to not name anyone by name but if your here your going to associate quickly. When I think about these conferences these should be really cool venues to put your best foot forward. This is for vendors, partners, clients, press and anyone else who bothers to show up. Since I have been here I have seen quite a few people doing just that. But sadly I think there are quite a few people who are here to waste their employers money.
So let me say if your trying to sell me a product don’t start with a gimmick! If I have never heard of you then a chance at an new sports car might get me to let you scan my badge but it wont help you sell me a product. I WANT Substance! Ask me about my company, ask me about what problems we solve or need solved. Engage your technical staff and have them available. DO NOT put F’ing magicians, mind readers, jugglers, pro skate boarders, unicyclists and booth babes in your booth. If you do I wont talk to you and neither should anyone else. By doing these thing you tell me how little confidence you have in your product to begin with. If you think you need to entertain me to stick around for the real reason your here in the first place then you really have nothing to show me. Just to wrap this up its cool if you want to give cool stuff out to help spread the word or say thanks for someone get put into your lead generation system. But do so respecting yourself, your product and the intelligence of your prospective clients!
Now on to you Ass Hats who call your self IT professionals. If you just spent $3000 to $8000 or so of your company’s training budget to come to an IT conference to get vendors to give you cheap plastic toys, get 100 tshirts, grope booth babes and in general act like a drunk assholes please quit coming. There is a huge segment of the IT professional population that fights every year for time and budget to attend events like this and you half wit punks make it harder for them to get here so just stop! And for crying out loud have some self respect. You have no idea if you could go from making $50,000 a year to making $250,000 a year by making the right contacts at an event like this and elevating yourself. Don’t get me wrong if a vendor wants to say thank you for a purchase or wine you and dine you once you have showed interest in their product great but when you leave don’t be so trashed that the homeless people on the way back to the hotel are appalled by your behavior!
I know I am a buzzkill. But I don’t care. Some of the behavior I have seen this week would prompt me to fire people if it was my staff acting this way on our employers dime.