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Have you integrated VMware solutions and technologies in an innovative or unconventional way? Share your story at VMworld by submitting your session abstract today.

 

Describe your experiences and best practices. Include practical advice, key success factors, data points, an in-depth explanation of the challenges you've resolved, and lessons learned on topics related to IT infrastructure, cloud operations, applications and end-user computing. Submissions will be accepted from Friday, April 4, 2014 – Friday, May 2, 2014.

 

Make an Impact- Be a Part of VMworld 2014

 

If selected to present, you will receive a complimentary full conference pass.

 

Be a part of VMworld — the place for technology and business professionals seeking to increase business value and sharpen their competitive edge, while decreasing time and money spent supporting underlying infrastructure.

 

CREATING EFFECTIVE TITLES FOR SUBMISSION

  • Do not use abbreviations or acronyms under any circumstances in the titles of your submissions.
  • Do not use competitor or other company names in your submission titles. If you are highlighting other companies within your session, you can adopt these names within the session description.
  • Start with the Benefit: Ex: Shorten Adoption Time by Using VMware’s XXX.
  • Use clear and concise language that attendees will immediately understand. The agenda will eventually host hundreds of sessions and attendees need to easily identify sessions of interest. Straight forward language like “Introduction to”, “Deep Dive” and “Case Study” are popular examples because they quickly tell the attendee important information about the session.
  • Some great tips on creating titles can be found here: http://www.speakingaboutpresenting.com/content/presentation- title/

WRITING WINNING ABSTRACTS

  • Be Creative – Avoid beginning your session description with the phrase, “In this session we will…”, or “In this session you will learn…”. It does not add value and becomes tedious on an agenda of several hundred sessions. Instead try a rhetorical question, or an interesting industry data point to start your session abstract.
  • Be Clear – Ensure that what you submit will be what you present. Nothing will upset attendees more than signing up for a session that is not what it is advertised to be.
  • Be Enthusiastic – Your abstract should generate enthusiasm- make sure your content is relevant, but also generates excitement. What invaluable information will be shared during the session?
  • Be Concise - Thoughtfully leverage the tags in the system for topics, level, and roles. Who is the target audience? What products or topics does this session cover outside of the track name? What roles would specifically benefit from this session? Do not check every check box if your session is applicable to all.
  • Be Original – Attendees want to see new presentations that cover the latest innovations in technology. Take the time to create well-written titles, abstracts, outlines, and the key takeaways for your submission. A thoughtful proposal will have a better chance of being selected and if accepted, will be seen by thousands of attendees once published in the course catalog.
  • Be Educational – VMware requires that sessions focus on the educational value of the presentation. Be sure that your proposal doesn’t sound like a sales pitch but rather an exciting opportunity for attendees to learn something new.
  • Be Timely – Make sure your topic is relevant to the audience you’re targeting. Review the content topics before submitting a session.

CONTENT AREAS FOR SUBMISSION

Software-Defined Enterprise

  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Management
  • Networking and Security
  • Storage and Business Continuity
  • Operational Management
  • Virtualizing Applications

Public and Hybrid Cloud

  • Hybrid Cloud Network
  • vCloud Hybrid Service

End-User Computing

  • Desktop and Desktop-as-a-Service
  • Mobile Management
  • Social and Collaboration

COMMON REASONS FOR ABSTRACT REJECTION

  • The abstract is poorly written—ideas are not clear, goals are not established, there are grammatical errors, etc.
  • The content is not relevant to the indicated audience.
  • The session value is not clearly identified.
  • The session topic is not unique or overlaps with another more appropriate abstract.

SPEAKER INFORMATION

  • Speakers – Sessions will be selected based on the content as well as the proposed speaker(s). Speakers should have extensive experience presenting at conferences of a similar nature. If a speaker has presented at VMworld in the past, we will look at speaker scores and session popularity and take them into consideration during selection.
  • Quality over Quantity – Take time to review your proposal before submission. Submitting multiple session proposals will not increase your chances of having a session selected for VMworld 2014.

SUBMISSION CONFIRMATION

After submitting your proposal, a confirmation email will be sent to the author indicated within the submission profile. Please ensure that emails from speakersupport@vmware-events.com are not considered as spam by your e-mail provider.

 

ABSTRACT REVIEW

All submitted abstracts will go through a comprehensive review process. The abstracts are reviewed by an internal committee of subject matter experts as well as an external committee of customers and partners who are also subject matter experts. Lastly, we open up the session abstracts to public voting. We encourage all VMworld attendees past and present to participate in this valuable voting exercise as it truly helps us drive the highest quality agenda possible. For more information on how to vote on sessions, go to www.vmworld.com.

 

ABSTRACT SELECTION AND NEXT STEPS

You will be notified no later than June 2nd if your proposal has been accepted for the VMworld 2014 agenda or not. Notifications will also detail which program you have been accepted for: San Francisco, Barcelona, or both. If selected, the Speaker Resource Center also opens on June 2nd and is chock full of information to help guide presenters, new and old, through the detailed timeline and deliverables required of VMworld speakers. You will also be put on a distribution list for a weekly speaker newsletter to keep you up to date on all things VMworld.

 

 

 

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