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For the first time since 1997, I watched the OGS from my home office. First of all, GREAT JOB to those who put the live stream together. I don't really care if it was done with IBM products or not. Someone picked the right technology this time because the sound and video were clear, crisp, and very minimally delayed. There were only two very brief pauses right near the end. I was working, but had my laptop next to my desk with the video on full screen.
The session flowed well. There were no boring customer panels, but there were some good customers. We weren't bogged down by numbers as in the old days -- there were almost no numbers mentioned. The demos worked smoothly and the session itself left me neither excited nor terribly upset. I was disappointed by the almost complete lack of attention paid to the product that still brings the vast bulk of the attendees, but I wasn't expecting any different. I wish it were otherwise. The other 99.9% of the session showed either Connections, or a bunch of other products and tools that looked really cool and totally outside the realm of anything a small to medium IBM Business Partner or an SME customer will ever get anywhere close to.
I particularly liked the tools for managing a social media marketing campaign. That looked really great. I have no idea what it was, where I could go buy it, or how much gear it takes to deploy. If that's something I can pay a few hundred dollars for and install on a windows desktop, I think we're all set. Otherwise, it looks like a cool idea that won't get much revenue. The HR stuff says the same thing to me. If you really take full advantage of what it can do, it looks great. The people I've spoken to who have submitted resumes to companies using it tell me that it rarely gets the full treatment though, and they didn't have a good experience with it. Again, it doesn't matter to me, since I don't see how to make money with that offering.
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