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Content cost and creation – and how it relates to community building

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During a meeting at the Dell Storage Forum in London Hans De Leenheer , one our invited bloggers, told me something to this effect: You are Miss Social Media. You have to make it so we are able to keep connecting. You have to make it so we can grow this community. That is your job! My first reaction was – hey wait I can’t single-handedly build a vibrant community. I may be able to architect an environment where people can connect. I may be able to find influencers who want to connect and create a community, and I may be able to create a space online where that can happen.

How I manage the deluge of social information

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I’ve been an information junkie my entire life. will read anything I can get my hands on. When I was a little girl I read almost all of the books in my school library, but during the summers there was a problem. We lived pretty far away from the public library. Me perusing the Reader's Periodic Guide to Literature. Twitter. Here are the Twitter directions for making lists. RSS Reader.

Google Plus – its really all about *you*

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Google has released a new social media platform called Google Plus (g+). It has all the typical elements of a social networking platform: You can follow people, and people can follow you back. You can organize your social connections them by adding them to “circles&#. You can posts links and videos, and comment on posts other people make. You can Hangout. Hangout is by far my favorite feature of g+. It is basically video chat. You fire one up, and anyone can join it. So far, the most concurrent users I’ve seen in one chat is 10. Need to work on that again. My tips for g+.

April #SANchat is Wednesday(4/20). Topic: VDI

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Join us for the April #SANchat this Wednesday, April 19th. We’ll get started at 9 a.m. CT, 10 a.m This is the first time we’re trying for an early start – trying to find the optimal time for everyone! After last month’s diversion into the world of the Dell Storage Forum, #SANChat is back to its vendor neutral roots. This month’s #SANchat will be about VDI (virtual desktop integration). Our co-host this month is Stu Miniman. Stu is an analyst and researcher at Wikibon. Will Urban from Dell EqualLogic is also joining us. What are the barriers to adopting VDI?

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My goodbye song……

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I couldn’t think of a good way to say this – so I’m just going to cut to the chase. I’m leaving EMC. In fact, yesterday was my last full day of work. My time at EMC has been filled with interesting and challenging roles. started as a developer for the SAN courses. moved on to develop courses in the Ionix space, specifically the Voyence Control suite. Think different.

Social Media for small businesses

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Since I do social media in an Enterprise company, many times my friends, family, and owners of the small businesses I frequent ask me for help getting started in social media. Most times I don’t have the time to really help them out. Once I win the lottery maybe I will spend all of my time helping smaller businesses harness the power of the network… but for now I still have to do my day job. thought I’d put together a quick primer so my friends and families could have a place to start when it comes to social media. Comments with more helpful links and advice are most welcome!

Sneak preview of Dell Storage Forum sessions

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Yesterday something very interesting landed in my inbox – a spreadsheet with all of the sessions that are being scheduled for the Dell Storage Forum. know some of y’all are chomping at the bit for this info, so I got the ok to share before the official web site is updated. So here’s a sneak peek to hold you over till the session builder is ready for you (which will be SOON!!). couple of  caveats: this is my interpretation of the spreadsheet. If I get something wrong, I’ll let y’all know right away. Also, there may be some tweaking that has to happen in the 6.5

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Quick post – #ECS at #Interop

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I had to run to my room to find some bandwidth, and I’m taking a page out of @cammybean’s conference experience page and posting notes I took during a couple of sessions at this morning’s Enterprise Cloud Summit. Alistair Croll of Bitcurrent had a fantastic presentation about Ten Cloud Computing Fundamentals. Machines are free. 2. Extreme horizontal scaling. DR is built in. 4.

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Transform Your Video Strategy for Enterprise Learning & Communication

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What is the signature of the storage blog-o-sphere

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The topic of blogging independence is rearing its head again in the storage blog-o-sphere again, this time because some of the “independent&# bloggers have been hired by EMC. wanted to weigh in – reminding everyone up front that I work for EMC. think this whole idea of independent bloggers needs to be defined. Is there such a thing as an independent blogger? They just apply new filters.

EMC Proven Professional Community Roundup: 2010 year in review

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This post is cross-posted from the EMC Proven Professional Community on ECN. Hi everyone! Sorry the round-ups have been sporadic the last part of this quarter. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to be sure to get the round-ups out every Friday for 2011. If you have them, why not share your resolutions over on our Facebook fan page! thought this week I’d do something a little different. wanted to reflect on what we’ve done together as a community in 2010. And instead of doing a top 10 list, I’m doing a roundup of top 10 lists. Proven Professional Community – 2010.

Beer: the essential ingredient for successful community building

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I don’t know if it was Bitnorth , spending the last couple of nights communing in Barcelona with other members of the internal Dell Storage community , or the tweets coming from my friend Ed Saipetch at Monktoberfest , but I have finally decided to write this post. Beer |  [ wine | $someOtherBeverage ] is an essential ingredient for successfully building communities. This may seem like a radical statement, but hear me out. A few months ago, I wrote a post about the definition of a community. Communion : a sense of attachment to a place, group or idea. Heck you may even talk about beer.

Identity crisis: I’m not a marketer

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Ok, in full disclosure, the title of this blog post is misleading. If you know me, you know I protest vigorously any time someone calls me a marketer. Hell, I did it during my yearly review. If you really know me you know that the reason I protest goes much, much deeper than the age-old techies vs. marketers holy war. What I do for a living is not marketing. Marketing by definition. It generates the strategy that underlies sales techniques, business communication, and business developments. ” Marketing in practice. You know, tell customers about our beautiful babies. Talk at them.

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RIP Cashmere

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Cashmere- or Cashie as we called him – was our cat. We had to put him to sleep yesterday, he was in the final stages of renal failure and we didn’t want him suffering. His brother Velvet died a little over two years ago from the same thing, and we probably should have ended his suffering earlier but we didn’t know what was going on. He loved to sit around watching video games.

August #SANchat is 8/8 – This month’s topic: Tech Field Day

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It’s time for another #SANchat! This month the topic is Tech Field Day , in advance of Tech Field Day 7   which is being held in Austin. Here are the details: Date : 8/8/2011. Time : 11 – 12:30 Eastern, 10 – 11:30 Central, 9:00 – 10:30 Pacific. Location : Twitter using the #SANchat hashtag. We suggest using Tweetchat to keep up with the conversation. We’ll be joined by Tech Field Day organizer Stephen Foskett. We’ll get some background and history on Tech Field Day. As a reminder, #SANchat is a monthly chat hosted by Dell Storage. Hope to see you there!

Can an educator be happy as a marketer?

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My new position at Dell Storage is technically a marketing position. People have asked me – you just got your master’s degree in education – how can you do marketing (this is usually after jokes about a techie crossing over to the dark side…). have always thought there was lots of education skill needed in marketing. And let’s be honest – right now in the storage industry things are moving so fast that the early adopters are being taught by the technical marketers. His post outlines t he three questions all marketers must answer: Who’s the audience.

My new adventures will be at Dell!

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All of the legalities are complete! I’ve accepted a position to work with social media with the Dell Storage team – I start on Valentines Day. I’m looking forward to the position. I get to be technical, and I get to do social media. I was getting away from the technical side a bit this last year. It made me a little sad… and I wasn’t sure how to mix the technical peanut butter with the social media chocolate. Most asked question: where will I be working? Stay tuned, of course I plan to blog the new adventure!! dell Dell storage

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SNWusa Day 1

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Today was the first day of SNW in Santa Clara. The Dell team was there, working in the hands-on labs area (more on that tomorrow!) and giving presentations. Will Urban had a session on VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) where he covered some of the basic considerations for moving from a test bed of 50 users to a more realistic user base of 1000 (and more). You know, the guy who co-founded Apple.

Interop Session – Object-based storage – the next step

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Here are my (mostly) unedited notes from the panel about Object-based storage. Vanessa Alverez also hosted the  panel. The panelists included representatives from Cleversafe, Amplidata, Caringo, and Rackspace. Question : Intros, and describe object-based storage. Amplidata : they do OOS – Optimized object storage. Caringo :  store lots of unstructured data (file sys can’t handle the amount). Rackspace : Cost to store data is going down, cost of keeping data is low enough to keep massive amts of data around just in case. Next decade should have 50x amt of data. Nature of the content.

Where I’ll be next week – Interop

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Conference season is full swing now. Tomorrow I’ll be flying out to Las Vegas to attend Interop. Dell will be at the show in full force, you can expect lots of updates from me here and on twitter. The Dell Tech Center will also be reporting live from the conference. I’ve also started an Interop Twitter list, let me know if you need to be added! EMC World is in Vegas next week too – so it will be a week full of socializing with other storage professionals – in real life (as opposed to online). Here is my tentative schedule – but we all know how these events go.

Storage: a small industry that is responsible for the world’s data

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The other day, someone on Twitter called a frienemy , because I was having a friendly conversation with someone who still works with my previous employer. By now everyone knows I left EMC to come over to Dell Storage. still live in Massachusetts, in the town next to Hopkinton (where EMC is headquartered). also have lots of friends (not to mention a husband!) who still work for EMC. So what happens to all of those connections when you move from one employer to another in the same industry? First of all, I’ve worked in the storage industry for most of my career. What do you think?

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Reflections on my first two weeks at Dell

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I’ve been at Dell a whole two weeks. spent those first two weeks in Austin, and the entire time was jammed full of meeting people, figuring out the Dell corporate systems, and figuring out who I should be meeting. I was thrown right into work – think hit the ground running times 10. There is a lot going on in the storage space at Dell. For example, last week we announced that the Compellent acquisition had been completed , and introduced the Dell Storage Forum 2011 details. work in the product group, with the marketers that tell the world about Dell’s storage products.

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Time to pack your bags for the Dell Storage Forum!

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Can you believe that the Dell Storage Forum is less than a week away? There have already been some great posts about what to expect, like this one from the Dell Tech Center. You can find full schedule details on the Dell Storage Forum microsite. This post is to help you get ready for the social activities, whether you are coming to Orlando or if you weren’t able to make it this time. Social Set-up. Our “home-base&# for social will be the Dell Storage Forum Facebook fan page. We will be adding all the links we run across to the fan page, but don’t be shy! Password: DellSF11.

Tech women attending VMworld: we need YOU for our v0dgeball team!

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Are you a techie woman headed to VMworld in August? We still have a couple of spaces left on the all-lady v0dgeball team! You don’t know what v0dgeball is? Well here are the details: WHAT :   A rules-based dodgeball tournament with an M.C. and referee. WHEN :   Sunday August 28th 7pm-till its over. WHERE:   Sports Center of Las Vegas – 121 East Sunset Road, Las Vegas, NV. Juniper.

Why is it so hard for the tech community to discuss sexism?

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Last week I went to #startupfest in Montreal.  I was there on vacation (meaning I was not there representing Dell in any way). It was great. could go to sessions, I could hang out with people, I could pay attention to what I wanted to pay attention to. And Montreal is definitely my new favorite city. If only it didn’t snow there, it would be perfect. Was startupfest sexist? In the face.

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Dell Storage Forum and the emergence of a new community

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A goal we had for the Dell Storage Forum was to bring together all users of Dell Storage – whether they use PowerVault, EqualLogic, or Compellent, into one Dell Storage community. For me, one of the biggest take-aways from the  Forum was the emergence of a visible, coherent community. Community Definition. Communion : a sense of attachment to a place, group or idea. Where do we go now? 2002).

Dell Storage Forum – preview reviews, and what’s on deck for Day 1

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I’m writing this from the Dell Storage Forum Fluid Blogger’s Lounge. We still have some set up to do – the hotel IT guys are here right now setting up some ethernet drops for us. We should be ready to rock and roll tomorrow morning! Preview Reviews. Lance from the Dell Tech Center got ready by looking back at last year’s Dell Storage Forum. Let me know if I missed your post!

The Dixie Chicks are Reuniting at the Dell Storage Forum

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One of my big passions is building community. If you know me, or have read this blog for any length of time, you know I tend to wax poetic at times about the size and the importance of the storage community. When I came to Dell, I didn’t leave that storage community. One of the people I really missed working with was Christina Weil. She was an Commercial AE from New Orleans.

What its really all about – getting social at Interop

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I think Stephen Foskett said it best in this post : “ We are social people, and nothing beats meeting someone face to face.&#. Last week, Interop and EMC World were held in Vegas. You can check out my review of Interop in this post ). Part of the anticipation of these events is not just coming to talk to customers in the booth, or to present or listen to interesting sessions.

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Help EMC indentify the storage industry’s trends & challenges

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It’s that time of year again – time for EMC Education’s annual survey of storage and IT managers and individual contributors. Cutting to the chase - this is the link to the survey. Every year we reach out to information and storage professionals, excluding any EMC employees, and ask them to give us feedback on the challenges they are seeing in their environments, as well as trends (what technologies is everyone using, what are the new technologies that are actually being adopted, what things do people no longer use). Each year we publish the results at EMC World.