MANGOLASSI World/Con/give me a name idea please



  • We will be doing a MangoLassi Convention in the next 12-16 months. Vendors are begging me to do this. So on that note what types of deep dive training would you like to see?

    @Rob-Dunn has said he is in. @scottalanmiller has no choice so he can do some as well. What do you as IT Pro's want to see?



  • MangoCONNNNN!!!!!!!!!!



  • I've liked MangoCon since the beginning. It rings well. However the description is difficult as people will be like "A Mango Convention?"



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    I've liked MangoCon since the beginning. It rings well. However the description is difficult as people will be like "A Mango Convention?"

    To be fair explaining SpiceWorld to my boss was difficult enough.



  • Yeah that is why I debate on the name cause you don't want to have a hard time explaining things to the boss. We also plan on having very high level IT training so I want it taken seriously.



  • Agreed, it needs a name that kinda screams tech.



  • NerdCon?



  • @lhatsynot said:

    NerdCon?

    That might be over the top 😉



  • @Minion-Queen said:

    Yeah that is why I debate on the name cause you don't want to have a hard time explaining things to the boss. We also plan on having very high level IT training so I want it taken seriously.

    I've been toying with names around Decisions / Connections / Influencers but haven't found anything yet that works.



  • Anti-Raid 5 Alliance?
    Anti-Raid 5 Congress? (ARC!)



  • I could easily participate with a session on the true costs of moving to VoIP or something. I was going to offer a presentation around this for SW but I had a server meltdown at one client in March when I started to put together my presentation. I never got back to it before the cutoff.



  • @nadnerB said:

    Anti-Raid 5 Alliance?
    Anti-Raid 5 Congress? (ARC!)

    Didn't you hear? RAID 5 is back with SSDs.



  • @Dashrender said:

    @nadnerB said:

    Anti-Raid 5 Alliance?
    Anti-Raid 5 Congress? (ARC!)

    Didn't you hear? RAID 5 is back with SSDs.

    Raid 5: Electric Boogaloo



  • @coliver That just sounds like a song title, lol.


  • Banned

    I'm not convinced on the concept of "deep dive training" that can be delivered in a single hour.

    More likely, you'll spend a day in the given subject, or x hours over a number of weeks.

    Would you like to learn Exchange? Oh ok, we can cover a few things.



  • having something in the title that denotes SMB IT would be awesome. Or that tells people that it is about getting social with IT. But no idea how to do that without having a really cheesy name.



  • What about something simple like TechCon?



  • These will not be one hour sessions.
    Idea at this point: 3-6 hours on a subject
    With a few different tracks to choose from
    There will be a full lab situations to play in as well



  • I definitely like the SMB aspect of your idea Scott. Not sure about the social aspect - management will probably frown on that, think we are all just sitting around getting drunk, etc..



  • This will be 2 full days of real training not marketing.



  • @Minion-Queen said:

    This will be 2 full days of real training not marketing.

    Awesome that is my biggest complaint about SW. Most of the vendor session that talk about new tech are really just marketing.



  • @Dashrender said:

    @nadnerB said:

    Anti-Raid 5 Alliance?
    Anti-Raid 5 Congress? (ARC!)

    Didn't you hear? RAID 5 is back with SSDs.

    That's not the point. I was going for cool sounding, not practical



  • @nadnerB said:

    @Dashrender said:

    @nadnerB said:

    Anti-Raid 5 Alliance?
    Anti-Raid 5 Congress? (ARC!)

    Didn't you hear? RAID 5 is back with SSDs.

    That's not the point. I was going for cool sounding, not practical

    touche 🙂



  • @coliver said:

    @Minion-Queen said:

    This will be 2 full days of real training not marketing.

    Awesome that is my biggest complaint about SW. Most of the vendor session that talk about new tech are really just marketing.

    Yes, outside of Rob's session each year, it is generally a tech-free zone with just marketing talk. Some sessions are better than others. The ethical hacking was ridiculous, like "security for your grandparents" explaining super basic things like "how you get a trojan" rather than talking about ethical hacking. Definitely no meant for IT people.

    There is some value is product presentations, like Scale and Exablox who have complex products that people don't know about. But having nothing but that is tough.

    SW suffers from having to have SW product sessions, vendor product sessions and then having a tech session or two. Plus tons and tons of "common" stuff like big keynote sessions, long sessions on giveaways, internal product marketing, etc. That stuff eats up a lot of time and it makes sense that they do it but if your goal is the tech sessions, there just isn't time.



  • SW and MangoCon are really two very different conference ideas. Figuring out exactly what MangoCon will be will be.... interesting, I am sure. SW has evolved a lot since 2008, it has taken several years to find its groove. And it is still changing a lot.



  • The plan from the beginning on MangoConn is to keep the Marketing for the Vendor Booths and the training for the session rooms. The Vendors getting to show off their hardware/software is still important but there is a place/time for that. Part of the place and time for that is getting to use their stuff in labs. Just Seeing it at a table but not having hands on doesn't help a ton.

    I know that lots of people have mentioned full Powershell training session/s.



  • @Minion-Queen said:

    I know that lots of people have mentioned full Powershell training session/s.

    A BASH or Linux CLI one would be really handy as well.



  • I loved Darren's panel on CEO/CFO speak. Breaking it down to what you need to present, how to present multiple options, but framing them in such a way that you lead them to the decision you want.

    I attended Darren's VMWare DR plan in 2011. That presentation definitely opened my eyes to new ways to present options to the powers that be.

    The Group Policy panel on Thursday was pretty good as well. Wish I would have gone to the Friday one. Now I'm waiting on the video for that one to come out.



  • @Minion-Queen said:

    Part of the place and time for that is getting to use their stuff in labs. Just Seeing it at a table but not having hands on doesn't help a ton.

    ^ This x 1000. I love watching the demos they have running at the table... but nothing beats getting to use $Product in a lab environment and seeing how it actually really does work.



  • @dafyre said:

    @Minion-Queen said:

    Part of the place and time for that is getting to use their stuff in labs. Just Seeing it at a table but not having hands on doesn't help a ton.

    ^ This x 1000. I love watching the demos they have running at the table... but nothing beats getting to use $Product in a lab environment and seeing how it actually really does work.

    This was what I was promised by the Cylance guys, but alas their VM broke and they couldn't recover onsite. They were suppose to do live demos of them downloading the most recent (from that morning) viruii from VirusTotal.com then execute and show how they were all caught while never having a definition file.

    The hands on live stuff is definitely a huge plus. Helps someone like me who will remember better when I've done it myself, instead of just watching or reading.


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