VMworld 2016 was a whirlwind of activity for me. I didn't get much time to stop and talk to the network of IT professionals that I value so much because I had my schedule crammed full talking to interesting vendors.
Although I might need to leave a little more breathing room in my schedule next year, the silver lining is that I got some fantastic insights about the current state of the industry and learned about some solutions that will be changing the game for their customers in the months and years to come. My team covered everything that we did at VMworld 2016 on our blog.
There were some vendors that really stood out to me in the way they address challenges IT professionals today are facing. I'm recapping six of them below, and because I don't want to give the impression that one is more exciting than the other, they're listed in alphabetical order.