We're entering into Day 3 of Burton Group's Catalyst Conference in San Diego, and I thought I'd give a quick overview of the conference, the workshops I've given so far, and the presentations coming up.
The total attendee count is up to 1,500--more than last year and an accomplishment at a time when we're seeing client travel budgets slashed left and right. I talked to a client on Monday who is here basically on his own dime--although his company is a client (and hence had a free ticket to the conference), it refused to pay for travel and lodging for him to attend. Rather than accepting defeat, he decided, "Fine," and arrived here on his own frequent flyer miles and is paying for his own hotel. Now that's what I call customer loyalty.
Workshops have been quite popular this year. On Monday, Peter O'Kelly and I gave a half-day workshop on, "Exploiting New Information Management Opportunities." It was sold out. We discussed the evolution from content silos to content streams, how databases have evolved, search engine technologies, and other important patterns we're seeing. We did a "raise your hand" poll on, "How many of you have installed or are in the process of installing SharePoint?" and about 90% of the class raised their hands. When we asked, "How many of you have Lotus Notes?" about half the class raised their hands, to which one person piped up, "Yeah, we have it, but mostly because it's so difficult to rip out."
On Tuesday, Craig Roth, Larry Cannell, and I gave a workshop on SharePoint 2007: "SharePoint and Office 2007." Again, very well attended. Based on attendee comments, it's clear that SharePoint sites are growing like weeds in many companies and that governance is becoming an issue.
For the remainder of the conference I will give four presentations:
- And They’re Off!”: The Vendor Race in SaaS-based Collaboration, Communication, and Content
- SharePoint in 2008: The Next Steps
- ODF, Open XML, and the Implications of Productivity Application File Format Standards (joint presentation with Peter O'Kelly)
- Classonomies: Ontologies, Taxonomies, and Folksonomies Demystified