Bob Plankers, The Lone Sysadmin, is taking steps today to ensure he and his team can go to VMword next year:
Something new in my budget this year is explicit funding for several people to go to VMworld. Over the last few years I’ve been able to attend as part of my organization’s training budget. With budgets shrinking I want to ensure that some folks get to go in 2009, so I’m building it into my service fees.
Sounds like excellent advice. In his artice he also explains where the extra money in his budget will actually come from.