The Enterprise 2.0 conference was in Boston again this year. It barely crossed my radar screen last year, since I lived in Chicago. But this year, I thought it might be a nice time to see my KM and Friends2.0 that I don't normally get to see because they live on the other side of the globe - people like Luis Suarez and Stephen Collins. And there were plenty of people who live nearby, but who I just hadn't met yet. Plus the do-you-know-so-and-so meetings that are the hallmark of any conference. The list of friends at the event is just too long to post here.
I decided not to go for the full conference, picking up the Demo Pavilion pass instead. I went in for the afternoon Demo sessions and stuck around for hallway meetings. As I expected, there were plenty of people milling about around the vendor booths and around the sitting area outside of the actual conference sessions.
Even though I wasn't _in_ the conference, I certainly heard a lot about the conference. It doesn't hurt that a bunch of my Twitter friends have been Tweeting their heads off about the good and the bad of the conference. Some obvious items from these sources:
- Wi-fi at the conference has been very unstable. Will someone please get this right already?
- Some people know how to do demonstrations and some don't.
- The Wachovia presentation this morning appears to have opened some people's eyes on how things could happen.
- MS SharePoint 2007 appears to be moving in the right direction, but is heavily dependent on their partners to make it really sing 2.0. And SharePoint's wiki application sends update notifications that contain the entire page: there is no way to get the diff in the notifications. D'oh!
- The CIA seems to understand 2.0 and how it applies for them (and the rest of Homeland Security?)
- There are a bunch of vendors who really seem to fit the sweet spot for Enterprise 2.0. They get the holistic idea of using their groovy technology to support human processes within the enterprise. Sometimes I go to conferences, and it seems like the vendors don't get
- People get ticked off at twittering and live-blogging during an Enterprise 2.0 conference, just like they do at other events. Hello!