Community versus conference - why atoms trump electrons

Don't get me wrong. I love the cost and convenience benefits that social and social business technology enables. The ability to easily share ideas, best-practices and experiences cheaply and quickly has done so much to bring us together while accelerating innovation, however there are times when electrons just can't substitute the real thing.

 

I'm here at HP's Discover user conference in Vienna and as day one draws to a close I've already been engaged in conversations with IT leaders (some of whom have gone on to become great friends) from around the planet in a way that, no matter how hard I try, doesn't seem to be the same as being "online".

 

Maybe it's the opportunistic corridor collisions, or perhaps it's bringing together people who've not met before but share a common problem or maybe it's just something about people's willingness to explore the limits of ideas when gathered around a whiteboard - something magical happens when you get into a space with thousands of experienced practitioners all looking to discover and improve their enterprise IT performance.

 

My one great regret is that I can't be in every meeting, I can't be part of all those great conversations and I thought I would reach out to you and ask you to share - your personal "ah-hah!" moment from either HP Discover Vienna or even other conferences you've attended. What value do you get from user conferences and what have you learnt about taking those ideas back to the office and igniting the spark of imagination with your own team?

 

And if you can't make it to Vienna, be sure to follow me and the team at HP Discover Back Stage here; https://h30406.www3.hp.com/campaigns/2011/wwcampaign/Discover-Vienna/premium_backstage.php

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Paul Muller leads the global IT management evangelist team within the Software business at HP. In this role, Muller heads the team responsib...


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