Off to Boston: Enterprise 2.0 gig

by admin on May 29, 2008

in General,Innovation

I really hate all these XX 2.0 monikers. They’re meaningless but then the software industry has become enamoured of their use. Anyhoo. June 9th-12th I’ll be in Boston for Enterprise 2.0. I’m chairing a panel on ‘micro-blogging in the enterprise’ on June 12th. It’s the graveyard session but we’ll make the most of it and have fun in the process.

I’ll be joined by Rachel Happe, analyst with IDC, Chris Brogan, who ‘writes articles and makes media of all kinds’, Laura Fitton who ‘helps make presentations suck less’ but has become something of a Twitter rockstar (and who also presented at Going Solo), Bhaskar Roy, president of Qik and my good friend Loren Feldman, aka 1938 media. Loren doesn’t do much by way of public speaking engagements, preferring instead to either tell everyone how dopey they are on his videos, or poke fun at Silicon Valley luminaries. This is one of my favourites for two reasons:

  • He is bang on the money
  • He’s right – he looks bad

Someone recently described Loren as ‘the tank cleaner.’ That’s someone who acts like those bottom feeding fish that clean out the crap in the fish tank. It’s necessary and love or hate him, the software industry needs people like Loren. Without folk like he, a lot of the time, the industry would have all the appearance of having its collective head shoved firmly where the sun doesn’t shine.

It will be the first time I’ve met Chris and Rachel so I’m definitely looking forward to that but the person I am most looking forward to meeting is the infectiously optimistic and effervescent Luis Suarez. He’s a glass 3/4 full guy. I’ve had many enjoyable conversations between myself here in Alcaudete and he in Gran Canaria. Luis is one of the those poeple that can ALWAYS put a smile on your face. He is on a roll at the moment, schlepping around Europe spreading the word about dumping email. It will be good to hear how he’s getting on, especially as he works for IBM, a company with which I’d like to get closer.

Apart from these people, I expect to catch up with a slew of friends from around the communities in which I participate.

It’s going to be a fun few days but there will be a lot of learning. If you’re coming, then check out the Enterprise 2.0 Mayhem dinner on Upcoming. I’m definitely attending.

Oh did I tell you? Community is about the people. Hence all the name checks.

Pic courtesy of Hugh MacLeod

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Luis Suarez May 29, 2008 at 11:49 am

Hi Dennis! WOW!!! Thanks a bunch for the kind comments, my friend! I am surely looking forward to seeing you in Boston and too bad that we couldn't get things going to go on the same flight. It would have been awesome and quite an experience!! lol I am sure! Either way, I am not going to miss the panel you would be doing with those folks I have been following myself for a little while now, so it would be something else to look forward to! And meeting you? One of the highlights from the entire event. I have been looking forward to the opportunity of meeting up and finally we are going to be able to make it! Wooohooo!

Can't wait!!

PS. Off I go with the roadshow in Germany hehe See ya soon!

Sandy Kemsley May 29, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Good to see that someone has their expenses covered as a speaker, even if it's not me ;)

Rachel Happe May 29, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Hi Dennis – Looking forward to it! Maybe Luis and I can exchange rants about email… growing to dislike it as an enterprise communications tool quite a bit – mostly because it re-enforces arbitrary structure rather than encouraging transparency. What did my mother used to say "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" – I feel the same way about the vast majority of work communications – if it can't be shared liberally there is likely a rat in there somewhere…

Dennis Howlett May 29, 2008 at 8:24 pm

@Luis/@Rachel: That's a debate I'm really looking forward to joining.

@Sandy: You're not alone but then my travel is x4 most others plus I made it a condition up front.

Luis Suarez May 30, 2008 at 1:56 am

Oh, Dennis, I nearly forgot, you are also more than welcome to join us on that debate! I am sure we could learn quite a bit from your own experience throughout the years on what it was and how it changed and how it needs to change once again! Should be fun! :)

Luis Suarez May 30, 2008 at 1:55 am

@Rachel You are on! I would love to exchange ideas on how we both feel about corporate e-mail, because somehow I feel that we would have plenty of common things to discuss and go for! One other item to add to the list of many many things to looking forward to, including meeting you all after all of these online interactions! Can't wait! Speak to you soon!

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