BrainShare - Salt Lake City is here! I hope to see all of you this coming week. It is going to be an awesome event. Please stop by and say Hello!
BrainShare 2010 - March 21-25 - Salt Lake City
I will be attending BrainShare this next week and I am looking forward to associating with so many colleagues, customers and partners. The entire engineering team will be there to present sessions, work the technology lab, man the hot seat at Tech Talk night and meet with customers and partners.
There are over 55 Collaboration Business Unit sessions that will be presented in Salt Lake City. I will be participating and presenting in several. I am part of a Collaboration Leadership Panel session with all of the Product Management team and Dean Payne, Engineering Director for OES. We will be fielding questions about products, schedules, futures, decisions and roadmaps. I will also be presenting with Alex Evans, GroupWise Product Manager. We are presenting "Integrated Collaboration: A First Look". This is a session where we discuss all of the current, planned and possible 3rd-party integrations with our Collaboration Products. I am also excited to attend a session by Scott Clayton. Scott is the Lead Architect for all of the GroupWise Clients. He will be discussing and demonstrating the new features in 8.0.2, the planned features for Ascot/Windermere and soliciting input/feedback on a variety of collaboration technologies.
The engineering team will obviously be staffing the Technology Lab. The QA team began setup procedures today. Lex Barfuss called me from the Salt Palace to complain that all of the keyboards and mice were not USB. We got it worked out, but no event is without a few glitches or challenges. The Technology Lab is a great place to not only meet many of the creative engineers that work on our products, but to also discuss problems, find solutions and provide input to our engineering and products.
Almost every engineering design discussion we have back in our labs includes a statement from one of the engineers - "We have to do this feature and we have to do it this way because I spoke with a customer at BrainShare and that is what we decided to do!" Your opinion matters and your idea is more than likely going to end up in one of our products!
I always look forward to 'Meet the Experts" night. This year it is called Tech Talk, but it is the place where creativity, ideas, innovation and just plain 'cool stuff' happens! There has not been a year since I began attending BrainShare that Tech Talk night did not produce an "aha!" moment. Come be part of that experience - it is awesome! You will meet some of the nicest, brightest and innovative people anywhere. People like Kent Sievers, Ralph Tse, Scott Clayton, Kiran Palagiri, Sam Meza, Peter Hurley, Kevin Crutchfield, Patti Brooks,Dennis Foster, etc. etc. etc. Way too many to actually list them all....You will know what I mean when you meet them!
I also am scheduled to meet with several Industry Analysts while at the show. I will be meeting with David Smith from Garner and Bill Pray from Burton Group. I am very excited to discuss with them all of the Collaboration solutions we are delivering and that we plan to deliver this year!
Every year, Pam Robello schedules me to meet with the SysOps over breakfast. I get to eat french toast while hearing "constructive criticism" from the likes of Tommy Miklelsen, Massimo Rosen, Joe Marton, Danita Zanre and several others. Hmmm I wonder if we should invite Erno de Korte....I'll call Pam...On second thought - maybe I will wait to talk to Erno at BrainShare EMEA in Amsterdam in May :)
Anyway - it is a meeting I look forward to with great anticipation!!
It all starts on Sunday Night. GWAVA is sponsoring a movie and then a VIP reception. What a great time!
Please come find me and say hello!
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