Well it’s fast approaching that time of year again, in just over a week (22nd October) we will be kicking off NetApp Insight 2018 in Las Vegas. As you can imagine there is a lot to cover with such a big event, so this is a fairly long post, but keep reading as there is a competition at the end to celebrate certification at NetApp Insight.
This years show features a new timetable with things kicking off earlier on Monday and finishing up Wednesday night with the appreciation event. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly shorter schedule though, this Insight is just as packed with content as any year has been.
Europe also sees some changes this year with a new city for Insight, Barcelona. We also see a move in the conference dates, this time around being 3rd to 5th December, slightly later than usual however being Barcelona still nowhere near as cold as it can be during November in Berlin. All in all, not a bad location for a conference in the build up to Christmas. You could pair it with a weekend getaway or a chance to get some of that shopping done for the festive season.
Both events have a great lineup of guest speakers and entertainment for the appreciation events. Las Vegas sees Lenny Kravitz and by popular demand Barcelona sees the return of the RPJ Band.
As with the past few years I will be participating heavily in many activities at Insight. Here I will give a summary of the various sessions, events and meet-ups I’ll be taking part in throughout the week. Hopefully this information will provide those of you going with some ideas for where to spend your time and what to get involved with.
Along with all the above I will be attending a few sessions myself, much like anyone else that goes to Insight, I’m there for all the latest and greatest from the world of NetApp. Here are a few of my picks from the schedule builder.
A part of Insight that has become almost ritual for me over the last few years is taking an exam or two. The greatest part of this is that NetApp offer certification for free at Insight, registration is easy and is best completed prior to arriving, however there are opportunities for walk-ins.
Certifications certainly aren’t cheap so taking two free attempts go a long way to justifying that conference spend. There are also sessions throughout the event that aim to prepare you for the various certifications available.
Existing or new certified users will get some sweet pins to show off their knowledge, a polo shirt and access to the Tech Elite Meet I mentioned earlier. So, make sure you visit NetApp University at Insight.
Registration is easy, and I’ve highlighted the steps below, some initial information from the NetApp Insight page is in the below figure.
Ensure you select the NetApp Insight location when scheduling the exam as this will ensure the exam fees are shown as no charge. I’ve included an example for Las Vegas, the same can be achieved for Barcelona.
For more information on the full NetApp Insight exam process please check out the following guide: https://insight.netapp.com/_live/wp-content/uploads/Insight-2018-Get-Certified-Overview.pdf
Not everyone reading this will be able to make it to Insight this year, that doesn’t make certification any less important. To that end I have teamed up with NetApp University to offer three exam vouchers to promote the new Hybrid Cloud Administrator and Architect exams.
More information regarding these exams can be found here https://community.netapp.com/t5/NetApp-University-Discussions/NEW-NetApp-Hybrid-Cloud-Certifications/td-p/143451
Whether you are attending or not, to be in with a chance to win enter below. There are several ways to gain entries, simply complete the registration and then as many of the optional activities as you want, the more you do the more entries you receive. The contest will run until the end of Insight Europe and winners will be notified no later than Friday 7th December 2018.
NetApp Insight 2018 for me is an opportunity to network, share knowledge with the community and to learn all about the latest offerings. If you aren’t registered yet, then what are you waiting for? There are a lot of reasons to attend and there are many ways to justify the cost. Whether you are being sent by an employer or you are self-funding the benefits are there to be realised. Insight is a great investment for both you and your company.
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