12 Replies Latest reply on Mar 12, 2019 9:21 PM by Leonard Warren

    SMAC 2019 - Will it or will it not happen?

    Leonard Warren
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      It is nearing the middle of December 2018 and SMAC 2019 should be on the minds of those who want to attend, help, or just want to know if it is going to happen.

       

      I have been participated in the five World Wide Remedy User Group Conferences (2009 to 2013); T3-SMAC (2017); and last year's SMAC (2018) events to ensure education and training were the key features of the events and to ensure every participate got to see the latest products from BMC and the sponsoring vendors.  However, going into SMAC 2019, there needs to be a high energy of support and attendance if SMAC and any other yearly conference is to go forward.

       

      A few weeks ago, the current SMAC Board of Directors informed BMC Software of its "rough" plans to bring in SMAC 2019. However, the Board of Directors is at a crossroads with the conference as we are in need of your help.  We need the voice of the BMC Community to let us know if you would:

       

      1. Support a SMAC 2019 Conference?

       

      2. If yes to question 1, would like to attend an Educational and Vendor Showcase laced event in late September or early October 2019?

       

      3. If yes to question 1, would be willing to attend if it is in Houston, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Denver, Colorado; Baltimore, Maryland; San Jose, California; or somewhere else other than Las Vegas?

       

      4. If yes to question 1, would be willing to attend if it was in coordination with one of BMC's Exchange or other Event?

       

      5. If yes to question 1, help to get the word out to as many BMC Product contacts as possible to ensure a higher attendance of a very worthy conference?

       

      SMAC 2018 was small in size but big in education, product demonstration, networking, communicating, and having some fun. Even Doug Mueller got involved by having three breakout sessions of his own.  However SMAC 2019 may not get off the ground if we do not get the community involved.

       

      If interested, please send your comments and desired topics to me at rmisolutions@verizon.net so I can gather up the information over the next couple of weeks and a final decision about moving forward with SMAC 2019 is in the interest of the community or should be left to the BMC Exchanges and local Remedy User Groups (RUGs).

       

      Thanks.

       

      Lenny Warren

      President, RMI Solutions LLC and Member of 2018 SMAC Board

        • 1. Re: SMAC 2019 - Will it or will it not happen?
          Gustav Ahlberg

          Any news on this topic? Ive been crossing my fingers all year for this great event to happen (and ofc i answered the survey regarding it last year).

           

          Br,

          Gustav

          • 2. Re: SMAC 2019 - Will it or will it not happen?
            Leonard Warren

            Unfortunately SMAC 2019 is not taking place this year as hoped.  BMC is putting on a three day event in September in California and should be making an announcement about the conference soon. 

             

            The SMAC Committee is planning on hosting training sessions in different areas to cover topics that attendees would like to hear and learn more about, as we hope to coincide this effort with the BMC three day event and other one-day events in different cities. 

             

            So no SMAC 2019 but there will be a yearly conference in 2019 - title unknown at this time.

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            • 3. Re: SMAC 2019 - Will it or will it not happen?
              May Bakken

              Exciting News!

              Victoria Schmidt Leonard Warren - Thank you so much for leading the SMAC event for the last couple of years to keep our tech community physically connected.

               

              This year, the Digital Service Management BU within BMC is please to announce that we will be hosting our own event at the Marriott Santa Clara on September 16-18, 2019 in the heart of the Silicon Valley! It's a hop, skip away from our BMC Santa Clara Campus...

               

              Airport: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport  (SJC) or San Francisco Airport (SFO)

               

              Reserving Room at the Marriott Santa Clara negotiated rate:

              Start date: 9/16/19 - End date: 9/19/19 (Last day to book: 8/26/19)

              Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

               

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              The event will be called BMC Helix Immersion Days. We will have product coverage on BMC Helix Solutions, along with Hands-On Solutions Labs on the following:

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              We plan on having more Customer & Partner speakers to share their stories!  Don't miss the opportunity to connect directly with  BMC Tech and Product Experts!


              Agenda: *Subject to change - Detail Agenda to follow*

              • Monday, Sept 16 | Welcome Reception/Mixer (3:00pm)
              • Tuesday, Sept 17 | (9:00 am - 5:00 pm) | Full Immersion BMC Helix Immersion Day
              • Tuesday, Sept 17 | Networking Party Evening (6:00pm)
              • Wednesday, Sept 18 | (9:00 am - 5:00 pm) | Full Immersion BMC Helix Immersion Day
              • Wednesday, Sept 18 | Evening with Experts  (6:00pm)

               

              BMC Helix Immersion Days

              • Early Bird - $550 (Bring a friend and your event pass is 50% off) - by May 31st, 2019
              • Regular - $750 (Bring a friend and your event pass is 50% off)

              Registration link: Coming soon!

              Contact May Bakken if you have questions.

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              • 4. Re: SMAC 2019 - Will it or will it not happen?
                Gustav Ahlberg

                Thanks for answer Leonard Warren and May Bakken .

                 

                Sorry to hear no SMAC for 2019, i really enjoyed that event.

                Im very happy to hear that BMC now hosts a yearly conference again though. Exchange was never really a substitute for that. So if i understand it correctly it will be a joint effort with BMC were the SMAC Committee arrange some sessions during the time of the conference?

                 

                As a long-distance attendee for this event I just like to add that an extra day of some sort would be splendid. Transatlantic travels takes some time and are somewhat costly so the more conference days the merrier . An "optional" Thursday (and even Friday) of sorts is something i would most certainly attend to.

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                • 5. Re: SMAC 2019 - Will it or will it not happen?
                  Leonard Warren

                  Hello Gustav

                   

                  I will let you know what we can provide before or after or both around the BMC Event in September.  In previous Remedy User Groups, the Education Team would host training sessions prior to the primary conference.  We are ironing out the training offerings and to see where we can host the event as well - may be at the same location as the BMC Event .  It is important for us to ensure that we offer the most effective training sessions possible,

                   

                  If you have any training requirements/topics that you would like to attend, just ping me at my email address and I will see what I can do to get them worked into the schedule. This goes for anyone else who is interested in attended the BMC Event in September 2019.

                   

                  Lenny

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                  • 7. Re: SMAC 2019 - Will it or will it not happen?
                    Gustav Ahlberg

                    Thanks Lenny, this sounds great.

                     

                    I will absolutely send a "wishlist" of sessions and topics . If possible it would be great with a thread listing current decided and requested topics where we can see how things turn out.

                    • 8. Re: SMAC 2019 - Will it or will it not happen?
                      Mario Marjanovic

                      Thanks Lenny for sharing this. Nice that BMC will host this conference in September and sorry to hear that no SMAC 2019 in plans...Few of us from Europe planned to attend SMAC...

                      As Gustav said, would be good to have more days with additional sessions and labs, since not easy to travel from Europe just for 3 days trip...

                      Thanks and please share links for registration, additional infos.

                       

                      Btw, regarding sessions, would be good to have also Control-M 19, AI and TrueSight sessions, not only Helix..

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                      • 9. Re: SMAC 2019 - Will it or will it not happen?
                        Bradley Murphy

                        Yes fully agree Mario - it is going to be a hard sell to get approval to fly all the way to Vegas for a 2 day event (Tuesday and Wednesday) especially when you take into account that some of us have to travel for a day or two to get there.

                        • 10. Re: SMAC 2019 - Will it or will it not happen?
                          Leonard Warren

                          Hello Gustav

                           

                          I am working with Victoria and Phil Schmidt on a list to offer soon.  Will post it here as soon as we have it set up.

                           

                          Lenny

                          • 11. Re: SMAC 2019 - Will it or will it not happen?
                            Leonard Warren

                            Hello Mario

                             

                            I am not strong on those areas but it is possible that we can get others to present on those topics as we are focusing on sharing the knowledge on a vast amount of BMC Products.  I will bring this to the table and see what we can do.

                             

                            Even though we are not doing SMAC this year, the BMC Event in September will be just as big and should be bigger if we can tack on additional training opportunities.

                             

                            Lenny

                            • 12. Re: SMAC 2019 - Will it or will it not happen?
                              Leonard Warren

                              Bradley

                               

                              The event is actually going to be in California in September and for three days.  If we can swing adding on a day or two to the event, this could enhance your ability to get approval to go to the event.  Will keep you all posted on where we go from here.

                               

                              Lenny