The bags are almost packed. I’m nearly ready to go. Before I pack up the laptop for the trip, I thought I’d pass along some info on where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing at Dreamforce, just in case you’d like to find me among our newest 15,000+ friends.
New Attendee Orientation
Tuesday night at 5 PM in N134 is the New Attendee Orientation led by Tom Wong. I’m going to be giving a few tips to the new attendees there and if you haven’t been to Dreamforce before, you really should plan to attend this session. I’m not saying you should attend on account of me, it’s all the other stuff you’ll get out of it that I guarantee will be worth the effort to be there.
The Dreamforce TweetUp
Held in the Expo Tuesday at 6 PM, there will be a meeting of a whole bunch of Twitterers who have never seen each other in person before. I’m excited because though I’ve been on Twitter for more than 2 years, it’s only in the last year that I’ve found it to be an invaluable business resource. Yes, I said a business resource. Come find out why Twitter is home to slew of activity about the Salesforce community. If you don’t use or understand Twitter, stop by and see why you should consider trying it out.
Wednesday AM Keynote
Without a doubt, this is the keynote everyone goes to see. I’ll be seated in the Press/Blogger section, madly Tweeting away.
“Increasing Speed to Value with the AppExchange”
Wednesday evening at 6 PM, I’ll be in the Campground Theater giving a half hour talk / Q&A about AppExchange apps that give some great value at no or low cost.
Speakeasy in the Cloud
My blog sponsor, Appirio, is pretty well known for the parties that they’ve thrown at the last few Dreamforce events and this year will be no exception to that. This year, it’s being held at the Old San Francisco Mint. If you don’t have an invitation to this event, there’s a waiting list you can add yourself to.
Birds of a Feather
Thursday at lunchtime, I’ll be found in the Insurance Industry area of the lunch room, specifically meeting with other Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates who use Salesforce. I’m really looking forward to meeting those folks.
Salesforce threw a mighty fine gig at Temple nightclub last year and once again, I’m going back. This one is Thursday night and will likely be a pretty late night.
“There’s an App for That; Boost Sales with the AppExchange”
This is a Sales track breakout session Friday at 9:00 that I’ll be on a panel for. I’m sharing the stage with some great sales people who have found some incredible value from the AppExchange apps they use. Come find out what those apps are.
Between all that stuff, I’ll be attending breakout sessions, stopping by as many of the Expo exhibitor booths as I can and hitting some other parties from great companies like Model Metrics, Informatica, Reside, InsideView, Genius, and others. To add more content to the blog in the coming weeks and months, I’ve got numerous interviews planned with some interesting executives. You’ll hear more about those later.
And now, I’m off to finish zipping up the suitcase and get some sleep. If I’ve never met you before, I hope to meet you this year at Dreamforce. If we’ve met before, it’ll be great to see you again. And if you’re not able to make it to Dreamforce this year, fear not. You can put Dreamforce 2010 on your calendar right now. It’s December 6-9, 2010 and it’s once again in San Francisco. I look forward to making your acquaintance there.