The Internet is responsible for the demise of many "meatspace" industries, from magazine publishing to CD sales, but there are some things it'll never do: No matter how much time you spend interacting online, meeting in person is something else entirely. I'm not trying to advocate a return to the old world of tech conferences and user groups. Rather, I envision a new breed of … [Read more...] about Nothing Beats Meeting In Person
I was at Interop Las Vegas this week, and the Expo floor was alive with gimmicks. We had a talking robot, a boxing ring, a GT40, and two Mythbusters lookalikes. But what's the point of a gimmick without a tie-in? So I set out on a personal quest, asking the sponsors of the gimmickiest stunts to explain what point they were trying to make. Why did McAfee have two Ford GT's? … [Read more...] about Interop Show-Floor Gimmicks: What’s the Tie-In?
I've never been a fan of the junky, wasteful side of conference attendance. I railed about "booth babes and chotchkies" last year, and tried to make my presentations qualitatively different. But there is another class of giveaway at conferences: Solid, pricey loot. Back in the old days, vendors used to give away Harley Davidson motorcycles and Mercedes-Benz cars (no … [Read more...] about Conference Loot: SNW Orlando 2010 Edition
The final approvals are in, and I'm pleased to announce that I will have speaking sessions at both of Sys-Con's European Expos in Prague in two weeks' time! I am very excited to be visiting "Praha matka mÄ›st" for the first time, but now have to work to get my sessions ready. There is still time to register and attend the Expo, and I'd love to meet up with readers and new … [Read more...] about Preparing For Cloud and Virtualization Expo in Prague
I am pleased to be part of Cloud Slam '09, the cloud computing virtual conference! My presentation on Monday evening focuses on the emergence of cloud storage in the enterprise space: Why it's important, what it is, and how to act on it. I start by talking about the drivers, including the unexpectedly high cost of storage and the failures of tiered storage so far. I then … [Read more...] about My Cloud Slam Topic: Enterprise Storage (Predictable?)