Five Last Minute
Packing Tips for Pulse
by Erik Anderson
You’ve heard about all of the speakers, live hands on labs, built your agenda, and purchased your registration, right? What? You didn’t register? Don’t worry it’s not too late. You can still do so here. NOW, you’re registered, and it’s time to pack. Sure you brought your usual clothes, your laptop or tablet, and your cell phone charger, but do you have these five things that you might not know to bring if you’ve never been to Pulse before?
Good walking shoes: The MGM grand property is more than 6 acres in size and you will walk from one end to the other at least twice every day. Add to that walking from session to session, to lunch, breakfast, and back to the Expo hall. You will easily walk two to three miles per day. I personally like to wear casual shoes that look dressier than they really are. If you don’t believe me or want to try out your new pair of heels, at least pack another pair of comfortable shoes in case you change your mind.
Lip balm / lotion: In case you didn’t realize this, despite all of the lavish palm trees and extravagant landscaping, Las Vegas is in the middle of the desert. After traveling on a plane to get to Las Vegas, your skin and lips may be a little dry to begin with. Compound that with the dry desert air and you’ll be glad you have something to help keep what little moisture you have left, in your body.
Light jacket: While Las Vegas may be significantly warmer than where you are coming from with daytime highs projected to be in the low 70’s Fahrenheit (low 20’s Celsius), it definitely cools down at night. Think of me when you’re walking and enjoying the various attractions of the Vegas Strip in comfort.
Business Cards / QR Code Reader: In addition to all of the great sessions, demonstrations, and hands on labs that will be available at the conference, Pulse is a great time to do some networking. IBM is expecting more than 9000 attendees this year. Surely you’ll meet someone, and it’s always good to be prepared. If somehow you haven’t met anyone by Wednesday, please stop by Conference Center rooms 309 and 310, and I’d love to meet you. I’ll be by the Cloud labs.
Incessant curiosity: I try to carry this with me wherever I go, and Pulse is no exception. There is so much information to be absorbed each and every day. It really is true that it features the best and brightest IBM and our clients have to offer. From hearing the strategic direction and what’s new in the Main Tent sessions, to the detailed breakouts, birds-of-a-feather sessions, to the hands on labs, there is certainly plenty to learn and pique your curiosity.
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Erik Anderson works in Tivoli Technical Enablement developing and delivering training on Tivoli's cloud computing solutions. The primary focus of his previous work has been around ISDM and TSAM, but recently he has moved into the SmartCloud Provisioning space as well. Erik is a co-author of the Redbook "IBM Tivoli Monitoring: Implementation and Performance Optimization for Large Scale Environments."