Since I’m in ISV and Developer Relations, I attended the Ecosystem Breakout hosted by Buell Duncan and Kristof Kloeckner. When I think back on all the execs I’ve supported, Buell has to be one of the best. He understands the value of analysts, how to speak with them and not at them and he knows his area WELL.
Having the Head of Strategy supporting the story by explaining how and why the ecosystem is important to IBM is just frosting on the cake.
Needless to say, it went well and the partner message that we work with them instead of competing with them continues to resonate.
It looks like I’m photo blogging my way through this event. Here is Buell Duncan, Judith Hurwitz and Tom Kucharvy of Ovum talking about Software as a Service.
Here is Al Zollar, jet lag champion and others discussing very interesting subjects I’m sure.
A multi talented analyst proved with out doubt that he is working on the side….I’m sure that he and Tiger Woods talk regularly.
I’m sure you’ll hear about what the analyst’s say about our meeting, but the prep was a job in itself. Here’s a shot of the prep meeting where Catherine Manley and Sarita Torres laid out the meeting for everyone. I ran this meeting 2 years ago, and it’s a job by itself let alone your regular job in analyst relations.
Rod Smith and Gary Barnett taped a video podcast for Web 2.0 to be published in a series that Amy Loomis is putting together…more on that later.
All this and we haven’t even started the main event.
After months of preparation, we’re ready for the big event. Here are the ladies getting everything ready for the IBM and the analyst teams. Kudos go to Monica Wells Grace and Tom Morrissey who stayed up until 3 am getting the schedules ready, and to the entire resource team without whom the event wouldn’t run.
Today begins the “big show” with all the IBM SWG GM’s who will cover their area’s and Steve Mills who is the host of the event.
I wish everyone good luck and Godspeed John Glenn.