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SpiceWorld 2014 in Austin - A Great Event for IT Admins

I was fortunate this year to attend SpiceWorld 2014 - the first time I've been able to participate in this event... which is ironic since it takes place here in my own backyard of Austin.

For those of you not familiar with the event, it's a show for IT Admins that is put on by Spiceworks, the company that prides themselves on providing info on "all things IT" and offering free, easy-to-use software to its community of more than 6 million IT pros.  It's a fast growing show (and company), with this year's attendance reaching over a 1,000 techies and more than 40 sessions filling the Austin Convention Center.  They also had 62 vendors sponsor the event, with some familiar names to VMblog readers such as Microsoft, Symantec, Alien Vault, VMware, Dell, Veeam, DataCore Software, Infinio, Maxta, Scale Computing and Rackspace.   

Spiceworks CEO, Scott Abel, kicked the event off and told attendees what they want, what they really, really want (sorry, had to make one SpiceGirls/SpiceWorld reference at least once) when he delivered his opening Keynote presentation -- informing attendees what the Spiceworks team had been drumming up over the last year. 

Abel announced the new Spiceworks' App Center which will enable developers to add their own apps, set their own prices, and enjoy a new way for them to make money from those apps.  The Spiceworks App Center will also allow users to extend the functionality of the Spiceworks platform with the addition of downloadable plug-ins, new apps and services from a single interface.  Check out the App Center here: http://www.spiceworks.com/appcenter

He also announced a new Spiceworks Network Monitor.  This is a free, real-time network monitoring solution that can be installed in less than 10 minutes.  The Windows-based application provides a graphical view of network utilization and server activity including disk and CPU usage, active processes and services, memory and other environmental data.  It also provides real-time alerting for a number of network and server conditions.  The Network Monitor is currently in Beta and is expected to be available sometime in Q4 2014.  Learn more at http://community.spiceworks.com/beta/spiceworks-network-monitor-beta

Finally, Abel announced the Spiceworks' hosted Help Desk offering designed for IT professionals who need a help desk environment but prefer a solution that doesn't require existing or new hardware infrastructure or associated management tasks.  The company's hosted edition will include the same features current Spiceworks users rely on today to keep their technology environment and end-users productive.  Companies already using the Spiceworks Help Desk software can migrate to the hosted edition and easily import their existing information.

Besides those announcements, I also learned a lot over the course of the event on the show floor and in breakout sessions.  I had a number of really great conversations with Spiceworks employees, vendors sponsoring the show and of course, with community members (you can always find an interesting group to speak with at lunch).  The breakout sessions at the show included a number of IT related tracks... and yes, I did find a number of virtualization and cloud related topics to enjoy.  But the show also offered a fantastic marketing track as well.  Those were filled with tons of great information for marketers who are trying to reach and communicate with IT admin users. 

The show gave me a new perspective on the Spiceworks IT Community.  I've been a member for a while now, and I've visited with Spiceworks at VMworld and other shows before as well.  But this was my first adventure at SpiceWorld... and, I'm hooked and ready for next year!  The one is Austin, not London unfortunately.  :)

 Interested to learn more?

 
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Snag a sweet deal for SpiceWorld 2015 – get your ticket now for just $199 (that's $400 off the full price)!
 
 
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Pump up your IT brain power and check out all the session slides and recordings from the event... jam-packed with techie know-how goodness.
 
 
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Look through the photos for a peek at what you missed.

 

Published Friday, October 10, 2014 6:56 AM by David Marshall
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