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One of the many things I learned from my sales mentor Jeffrey Gitomer is that if your industry is having an event and there will be more than 100 high profile butts in the seats, then your butt better be there too with an elevator pitch, a stack of business cards and some great ideas– everybody loves ideas right?
Well, last December I got a call from Greg Duplessie explaining to me that he had this idea for a networking event called, get this – The Business Development Networking Event. Needless to say, I didn’t have to ask what the purpose of the conference was if you know what I mean.
It was another successful and busy week at Storage Networking World (SNW) Spring 2009 in Orlando. Although the number of vendors, by my count, was 48% of what it was in Spring 2008, it was apparent that the vendors who did participate sent fewer people. However, the SNW officials said that the end-user attendance was 92% of what it was in Spring 2008. Obviously travel budgets have been cut, and this was reflected in the end-user attendance, which had shifted to many local IT professionals from the central Florida region.
The Spring 2009 Storage Networking World ends today. It was a busy week for the Wikibon team as we were briefed by more than 25 technology companies and tweeted the live action to the Wikibon community. Bill Mottram, Dennis Martin and I gave presentations during the week, Dennis on SSD for Microsoft Apps, Bill on optimizing energy and efficiency and me with Rich Avila on how Virtualization Energizes Cal State U East Bay.
Most of us arrived last night in Orlando. Nick Allen, Bill Mottram, Dennis Martin, Gary MacFadden, Ed Parolisi and I had a nice dinner and then we checked out our meeting place. Dennis Martin installed a wireless network and we’re ready to go. You can follow the action on Twitter, check this blog and Wikibon for updates.
David Floyer arrives tonight to round out the Wikibon cast.
Dennis is speaking at 9:20 this morning. Monday’s are always the best day to speak at SNW because you get way more IT practitioners in the room on Monday. Last two times I pulled a Monday slot we had 75 and 100 people in the room, 75% IT people. Note to self…no more Tues/Wed speeches.
I received a hilarious email this morning from someone poking fun at the analyst business with a radically new model. It’s brilliant, check it out. Harvester Research has a new way of doing business. ForceSales.com is being launched as the industry’s first Analyst as a Service (AaaS).
As funny as this April 1 spoof is, it underscores the fact that something in this business has to change. It’s a big reason we launched Wikibon, to provide practitioners direct and transparent access and input to the research process. We invite the vendor community to participate but if something gets posted that is just pure marketing, all the community has to do to improve it is hit the edit button. Marketing is fine, as long as it’s a source of value, otherwise it’s just an annoyance.
According to the Wall Street Journal IBM is in talks to buy Sun Microsystems Inc for at least $6.5 billion. That price tag would translate into a premium of about 100 percent over Sun’s NASDAQ closing price Tuesday of $4.97.
WSJ displayed a masterful ability to hedge their bet by saying that a deal with IBM could happen as early as this week – or fall apart! They also noted that if IBM does buy Sun, it would be the company’s largest acquisition since it bought Canadian software maker Cognos for about $5 billion in January 2008.
Here’s what happens when you run the ‘About Wikibon’ through Wordle.
Wordle might seem pointless but it’s actually very cool. It’s not that I’m excited just seeing the giant “Wikibon,” which is prominent because it’s cited a zillion times in the About page. The subtleties of Wikibon are what drive my passions. You’d expect to see things like Gartner, Meta, IDC and Forrester because our founders and early contributors had backgrounds at these research giants. And it’s not surprising to see Wells (as in Wells Fargo) and Pfizer and other organizations that advised us in the beginning– all new companies need advisers from the good people they wish to serve.