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Vision 2010 Barcelona FAQ

Created: 20 May 2010 • Updated: 14 Jun 2010
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Below are frequently asked questions about the upcoming Vision EMEA 2010 user conference in Barcelona, Spain. 


Q:    What is Symantec Vision 2010
A:    Symantec Vision 2010 is a world-class technical conference to gain the knowledge, insights, and inspiration you need to solve tough new IT challenges, squeeze even more value from your Symantec investment, and take total control of your IT world.
Vision provides the perfect venue for:

  • Diving deep into more hands-on labs, technical breakouts, in-depth training, and other technical content than ever before.
  • Expanding your horizons by exploring cutting edge new developments in IT management, risk management, security, storage, and more.
  • Learning from the best with new opportunities to interact one-on-one with top Symantec engineers and experts.

Q:    Which is the Symantec Vision 2010 website?

A:    Check it out here. Here you will find a lot of detailed information about the conference.

Q:    Where and when is Vision being held?

A:    Vision EMEA will be held from 5-7 October , 2010 at the CCIB in Barcelona, Spain.  Pre-conference meetings will be hosted on Monday, October 4 by invitation only. CCIB is a state-of-the-art conference facility, where you're just minutes away from the ocean, the famous Gaudi buildings, some of the hottest clubs, and finest restaurants in Barcelona. Frequent, inexpensive flights, along with a huge variety of all hotel categories and rates - some with special discounts for Vision attendees- make Barcelona a great option for all conference delegates.

Q:    Who should attend the Vision conference?

A:    The conference targets IT managers and administrators and provides hands-on instructor led labs, break-out sessions, and one-on-one meeting opportunities between Symantec product experts and customers.  Additional job titles for our target audience include:  Application Administrators, Datacenter Administrators, Network Operators, Help Desk Operators,  IT Consultants, Trainers,  IT Developers,  IT Operators,  Support Staff, IT Administrators, Desktop Managers, IT Systems Integrators. In addition, there will be some invited members of the Press and Analysts in attendance.

Q:    What is the cost to attend?

A:    Depending on the type of registration and when you register, there are different costs. (Please refer to the outline below.)

The Early Bird Gets the Discount

Don't delay - register for Vision 2010 by 30 June 2010. Early registration gives you full access to all sessions and the Exhibition Hall and saves you €400 off the standard conference price of €1445 plus 16% VAT; in addition you will receive a limited edition Vision 2010 jacket.

Summer Special
If you can't register before the end of June 2010, don't worry, - with the Summer Special you can still save €200 off the standard full conference price and get the Vision 2010 jacket, until 31 July 2010.

Regular Passes and Late Registrations

Get full access to all sessions and the Exhibition Hall for €1445 plus VAT, if you register between 31 July and until 17 September. Registrations after this September deadline can still enter the conference at the rate of €1545 plus VAT.

Group Savings

Larger groups from the same organization are eligible for additional Vision 2010 discounts. If you have four (4) or more full paying individuals registering from your organization, you will get one extra pass for FREE.
Please register at least 4 delegates and then contact EMEA Events events_emea@symantec.com to obtain a special promotional code for the free pass.

Certification & Testing

Symantec is offering Certified Specialist (SCS) exams onsite at Symantec Vision 2010 for a discounted price (50% off) of only €51,50 for customer and 31€ for partner exams. You can take advantage of this great deal, by following the simple steps as described here (links to certification sub page) to sign up for an exam. 
Pre-conference sign-ups are strongly recommended to reserve your spot in our on-site Testing Center, but a limited number of walk-ins will also be available at the event

Guest Passes

Don't let your friends and your family miss out on the fun - purchase guest passes for Vision 2010 evening functions at the discounted price of €150 plus VAT through the online registration system. Guests may attend ONLY the evening functions for Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Guests will not have access to conference sessions, registration materials, or other meals. A guest pass purchased onsite is priced at €150 plus VAT. Some restrictions and conditions apply.

Q:    How do I register?

A:    Register online here.

Q:    Can I register and pay for my customer?

A:    Yes, this year we have a proxy registration to let people register and pay for others. This process is set up for partners who want to invite customers. Check it out here.

Q:    We have four people from our company attending, how can we register the fifth for free?

A:    Register the four people and afterwards send a message to events_emea@symantec.com, we will validate your group and send you a code for a free ticket.

Q:    What are the session tracks and content?

A:    There are 6 tracks with technical content geared for the functional IT audience to be presented in break-outs and hands-on labs. For more information, visit this blog entry.

1)  Infrastructure Protection
   
2)  Infrastructure Management
   
3)  Storage and Availability Management
   
4)  Information Risk & Governance
   
5)  Information Management
   
6)  Strategic IT and Solutions
 
Hot Topics
In addition to the dedicated tracks outlined, please note that there will be sessions within these tracks that focus on a number of current issues faced by many IT professionals. Below are just some of these topics that will be addressed:


  • Cloud Computing: Hosted Services, Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Green IT
  • Virtualization (client, server, data center, storage, more)

 

Q:    How is this year’s Vision conference different/similar to the Symantec of the past?

A:    Symantec Vision previously focused on senior IT decision makers.  The Vision content primarily focused on the data center and was increasing to include more solutions from the full Symantec portfolio.  Symantec Vision 2010 is more of a user conference with content focusing on the full range of Symantec solutions. We intend to create a more high-energy, atmosphere at Vision this year, strongly encouraging interaction between attendees and product experts.  The hands-on labs teach attendees how to use the products and tips and tricks to be more effective in their use of Symantec products. Attendees will also experience a true late-night talk show format for its keynotes, with VP of Product Marketing, Steve Morton, as the MC.  Steve’s rapid fire delivery and broad product knowledge makes these “no PPT allowed” keynotes entertaining and informative.

Q:    Are there sponsors besides Symantec?

A:    Yes, sponsorships are being finalized with industry leading solution providers in the hardware, software, and services partner categories. For more information about our sponsorship opportunities please visit http://www.symantec.com/es/es/vision/sponsors/inde... and check out our Sponsorship Opportunity Guide.


Q:    How do the sponsors interact with customers?

A:    Depending on the sponsorship level, some sponsors will be involved in the daily keynotes, some will have breakout sessions and hands-on labs, but all will have booths in the Partner Expo area, providing opportunities for attendees to learn about the sponsors’ solutions.

Q:    Are hotel accommodations included in the conference price?

A:    Accommodations are not included; however, reservations should be made through the Vision registration site to take advantage of the special rates at the premier Vision 2010 hotels and are subject to availability. Please visit here for more information and rates. Once you register you do your hotel reservation online.

Q:    How can I extend my hotel reservation?

A:    In order to extend the hotel reservation the delegate needs to contact the hotel directly. Reservations are not transferred in real-time to the hotels it may happen that the delegate calls the hotel and they can’t see the booking – in that case the hotels are asked to process the extension after they have pulled the reservation list from our system.

Q:     Are any meals included in the conference registration fee?

A:    Yes!  Most meals during the main program dates are included with your conference registration fee.  Breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon beverages and snacks will be served all three days of the main program, with evening functions providing dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Q:    Are guests allowed at the evening functions?

A:    Yes, you may purchase a guest pass along with your conference pass through the online registration system for €150 plus VAT. We have some fun events with great food and entertainment planned for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at the conference.

Q:    How can I get a formal invitation letter for my visa application?

A:    You can request this letter from the Vision Conference Team contacting  events_emea@symantec.com

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