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Public Voting for #VMworld 2017 Sessions Ends Today - April 13th


Act quickly!  If you haven't already cast your votes and pulled the lever for your favorite VMworld 2017 sessions, well, you are running out of time!  Public voting for VMworld 2017 sessions ends today, April 13th. 

Keep in mind, this isn't American Idol.  Public voting is just one small component of the entire scoring process.  A lot more weight goes behind the content committee voting and the sponsor voting, but don't let that keep you from heading to the polls. 

In addition to the main agenda, the VMworld 2017 program also reserves space for a number of "customer choice" sessions, and sessions with particularly high ratings will be included.

You can vote on as many sessions as you like, but you can only cast one vote per session.  And there are quite a few sessions to look through, more than 1,400, so I suggest you make use of the search feature or filtering system in order to find a topic that most interests you. 

To vote on sessions, click the Vote Now button at the bottom of the page.  Although VMworld session voting is open to everyone, you'll need to log in with your account in order to participate.  Don't have an account?  You can create one for free.

Within the Content Catalog, you'll see the full list of sessions.  Enter a keyword search term or select filters from the left side to help narrow things down.  

VMworld isn't just about the hypervisor or vSphere.  This year, there are a lot of sessions on other technologies like NSX (416), VSAN (228), Containers (84), AWS (45) and the like.

Something to note:

For those of you that voted in previous years, you might notice a change to the voting method this time around.  For whatever reason, VMware has decided to move from a single thumbs up style vote to a grading system on a scale from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) stars.  I'm not sure how I feel about this change, because some people will (and may have already) leverage it in nefarious ways: i.e. if you don't particularly care for a person or company, you might score them low with a one to negatively affect them.  Now, instead of a vote simply being a positive thing (i.e. I vote because I like this session), it can take an ugly turn and become a negative campaign.  Who knows, I could be wrong.  Maybe this rating system will work out better for VMware and the committee.  Only time will tell.  If it doesn't, I expect we'll see them revert back to the "Thumbs Up" without a "Thumbs Down" approach.

As I always say, this is your chance to influence the session catalog.  Don't like what you have offered when you go to register?  Don't complain if you didn't vote. 

Don't delay!  Get out there and vote before the end of the day today if you want your voice heard.

Learn more about session voting in this VMware Q&A. 

And when you are ready to cast your votes, Click here.

Published Thursday, April 13, 2017 1:14 PM by David Marshall
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