Now that I’ve gotten the “rant” out of me regarding on how EMC World needs to improve, not to mention all of that coffee, let’s start hitting the positives. I will dive into more details on most of these, but I wanted to share something besides random thoughts in the middle of my notes. So, off we go, in no particular order.
I’m sitting next to Marko and thinking about EMC World this year and trying to get my thoughts down as to how this year rated. I’m not going to be talking about what I learned in this post, but more on the conference itself. Marko had a couple of posts and I think they are a great starting point for the discussion. After you have read them, read on.
Sense of Perspective
I’ve been to every US Documentum user conference since 2000 and I’ve seen a lot of changes over time. I remember the exhibition being setup for the whole conference with almost no traffic (better now). I remember motorcycles zooming in to the stage at the keynote (fun, energetic, suffocating). I remember walking down Bourbon Street and having a great time as if it was just an extension of the conference (a great sense of community).
Some things have improved. One thing that hasn’t is that sense of fun and community. It was easier to find Documentum folks on Bourbon Street in 2003 than it is at time at EMC World. In 2006, there were over 2000 attendees at the last Momentum in Anaheim (thrown together on the quick) and more than 2500 the year before in Vegas. This year, the number given was 1500+ out of 9300+ attendees. It makes it hard to find people that have similar interest unless you already know them. You can find those people at sessions, but the sessions aren’t that well grouped together. The decrease in CMA attendance speaks volumes.
Decided that instead of hearing about how an ECM system can make a social computing system more robust, that I would listen to Sean Baird tell me something that might help me do my job as a consultant on a daily basis. As cool as Enterprise 2.0 is, scanning is still important for organizations on a day-to-day basis.
Been reading Chuck’s blog on EMC’s Journey in Social Media for a while. Burt Kaliski is going to share a little about those efforts internally. I thought it might make a nice insight into how some of this Enterprise 2.0 stuff is actually working. Meanwhile, it looks like the EMC Developer Network is recording the presentation, so keep an eye out for that later.
Michael Mohen and Paul Kwitkin of EMC Professional Services are going to share some of their experiences with DFS in the wild. I’ve been looking forward to this session and Craig had some good things to say about it earlier. Would be nice to hear directly from a client though. However, can’t blame Michael and Paul for that little detail. On to the show.
Thoughts on Day 3 will be coming later. Depending on my Internet access today, I may just do one big conference wrap-up later. It is always a strange day on Thursday as people start flying-out and more people are a little wiped out from the final party, though not as much this year, but that is another story. In the meantime, let’s see what Brian Quigley, Product Manager for the Interactive Content Group. The rest of the title is “What are the New Ways that Customers are Working with their Rich Media”.
Finally, collaboration. David LeStrat, the manager of Magellan, will hopefully answer some of my questions.
- The vision
- Web 2.0 Client
- Information Intelligence
- Anywhere Access
- Web 2.0 Platform