Information Builders has organized the event well to facilitate mingling and conversations. The breakfast, lunch, break, and reception activities are all perfectly suited for talking with guests, analysts, and vendors. Tonight is the offsite Rodeo event, another great place to interact with people.
|Gerry, Vashti, and Mark|
Yesterday, I had breakfast with Lt. John of the New York City's 1PD. Passionate about his job, Lt. John supports about 4000 detectives with a WebFOCUS application for incident reporting, arrests, and criminal investigations. In a few minutes, I will watch his presentation.
Equally passionate was Teri from a financial services firm who had created a SaaS reporting application using web services to get to the nuts and bolts of WebFOCUS and opened it up to external customers.
At lunch, I sat with individuals who use WebFOCUS to do financial dashboards for a non-profit organization in Texas. At dinner, I had a great time with BI professionals from a variety of industries.
I had the good fortune of sharing an elevator with Howard Dresner and having a nice chat while walking to the sessions. Later that night, Wayne Eckerson stopped by the Partner Intelligence booth for a conversation. I was also able to spend time with many of the great IBI employees.
About two hundred people have already dropped off raffle tickets to win a free Amazon Kindle book reader. I wish there was enough time to get to know each of them.
Talking to people, it is obvious that we have a tight job market for WebFOCUS professionals. There is a shortage of qualified people out there, everybody has a job, and many companies are trying to hire. I talked to several people who had just recently switched employers.
This is an exciting time to be a BI professional. The more people you know, the better your career opportunities. If you are here in Dallas at the Summit 2011, be sure to stop at the Partner Intelligence booth and introduce yourself.