Now that Enterprise Connect is over and I’m back home to decompress, here are my usual random thoughts about the whole thing, in no particular order of importance. This being my first EC, I had no idea what to expect. Here is a sample...
- House lighting was interesting. Our booth had bad lighting. I chalked it up to “it is what it is” until I walked about three aisles over to see a huge difference in the house lights. I couldn’t even look at the light it was so bright, like a nice sunny happy day. Then I went back to my booth and felt like it was overcast.
-Word ‘round the campfire said that Polycom was escorting Cisco employees out of their booth. I read that from a Cisco employee so take it with a grain of salt, but it’s laughable if that happened. We had a lot of Cisco people at our booth and it was a pleasure to talk to them and see their interest in our product. One Cisco employee told me that our product was so simple and elegant, why didn’t they think of it. I felt that I needed to remind him who invented immersive telepresence and why it’s no real surprise that Cisco did not come up with the concept.
-Beer and wine gets thrown around quite liberally at the show. This can have unintended and bad consequences. I won’t go into it but booze, certain business executives with too much power (in their minds) and pretty women don’t mix. Neither ‘booth babes’ nor female booth exhibitors should be treated with disrespect. Enterprise Connect needs to be aware that there can be a problem with too much free booze flowing.
-Lifesize had a very minimal presence. I hope that's not a (bad) sign of things to come.
-At Infocomm, our entire industry was freaking out about Lync. Now they are all freaking out about Skype for Business.
-If money were no object, I would hire people to be "attendees" and have them mill around our booth. It always seemed that the more people that were in our booth, the more attention it would attract.
Overall, it was a great show that I plan to attend next year.