CTC 2005: the conclusion

It’s been a good conference, and not just because the food was so great and it was based in New York City (although these factors helped a lot). For me, the inaugural Collaborative Technologies Conference didn’t deliver any magic answers, but it was an excellent way of affirming that we are on the right track in my organisation. Couple this with being able to meet some great folks, talk with others on the same page, and get some interesting insight from people like Tom Malone and James Surowiecki, and you’re on to a winner.

In all honesty, a few of the sessions I could have done without — they offered very little — but that’s par for the course at any conference. Over on Ed’s weblog we had some discussion concerning IBM’s puzzling absence from this event. I stand by my comments though. Whilst Ed seems to be focussing on the size of the conference (no more than 1,000 - 1,500 delegates I’d say), and wanted to know if any big vendors were here (Microsoft, Webex, Nortel, EMC Documentum, Avaya: all big players!), that’s kind of missing the point. The organisers reckon there was a 60:40 split between business people (i.e. CIOs, managers and so on) and out-and-out technologists. I think that’s about right, and certainly IBM missed a big opportunity to engage with those decision makers who have been making us weep over the years.

Oh well, there it is. Hopefully there will be a CTC2006, and hopefully the complete fruitloop who attended this afternoon’s financial services case study will turn up again too — she was very entertaining — who ever thought you’d hear the piercing shriek, “Mark my words! There will be bloodshed!” in a technology conference?!?

Oh yes, Flickr will be updated soon: not many pictures, but anyway… I need to get this posted between now and my flight tomorrow morning first (I refuse to pay sixteen bucks for iffy hotel web access).


  1. My comments have really been more in terms of sizing up the conference. IBM tends to be conservative about investing in "new" conferences -- I personally have felt burned by some of the startup events that I/we have participated in during the last couple of years. IBM -can- be agile, but the hurdle is higher for an event that didn't exist and bears no track record.

    To be honest, I was quite surprised to learn that you were coming to this conference all the way from the UK. Nothing I had read in advance led me to believe it was going to be as big as it was. Some of the other recent startup conferences have had <200 customers, thus my own individual skepticism.

    Michael Sampson had pushed me several times to get to New York this week. The DNUG/Tech Forum event last week coupled with some personal stuff prevented me from doing so. Perhaps, as you say, if there is a CTC 2006.Ed Brill#
  2. PS: We did, as you note, have two speakers there.Ed Brill#
  3. You had two speakers Ed, but they only had about 15 minutes of combined air time!Simon Barratt#
  4. Fair enough Ed. Indeed, here's to 2006.

    With regards Flickr, some snaps are up there:

    … and here: Poole#

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