Sitting in the last session of the conference – Ismael is going over the tools used to run the entire operation – 500 physical attendees and a couple of thousand virtual ones. All planned and arranged in a couple of months – it’s been a whirlwind.

Overall it’s been great to be around a bunch of people who "get it" – understand the cloud and what it can bring to business going forwards.

If I had any criticism it would be that a lot of time was spent talking about where we are at – not so much time spent visioning the future. Obviously with a number of vendors present this isn’t a surprising fact – but nonetheless it would have been great to have some visioning sessions that were vendor agnostic.

Anyway… thanks to all the attendees, thanks a bunch to Ismael and his team and I look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

  • Thanks for your realtime reporting of the event. Enjoyed many of your observations and the alacrity with of your postings. Swift fingered, sharp witted.

  • @MP Aw shucks – thanks to you to – if you ever need me at one of your gigs just let me know….

  • off-topic Ben, is the name Ismael & Ishmael the same meaning? I have 2 Ishmaels in my family, my dad’s and a 6 year old grandson of his. Some people have asked us, here in NZ if we’re somehow Jewish because of the name Ishmael, but we’re not. I asked my dad about that name and he said, that his parents picked the name from the bible. Just curious, since I often see that there are 2 different spellings, which I have no idea if they’re the same or not.

  • FF – Simple really – Abraham had two sons – Issac and Ishmael. Isaac carried on the to be patriach of the Jews, Ishmael of the Muslims.

    Either spelling works as it is a transliteration from the original Aramaic

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