Ellen and I arrived this morning. For me, this is my 17th Momentum. While the venue is pretty much identical to last year right down to the furniture in the Momentum Lounge, the agenda has changed. This post will highlight our thoughts after the first ½ Day.
First Half Day
One major change was moving the keynote addresses, including both Joe Tucci from EMC and Rick Devenuti to Tuesday morning. Where we used to kick off Monday with the Keynote addresses, this year EMC has blocked off Monday morning for partner summit and IIG specifically has blocked off Monday afternoon for specific IIG Partner breakout sessions. We are looking forward to hearing updates from the partners. We only have two tracks of break-outs this afternoon with a keynote by David Goulden and Jeremy Burton on “Storage-Defined Storage”.
This morning has been somewhat confusing for the users attending (including us) as, besides hanging out in the lounge and connecting with old friends, there is really not much to do.
EMC is pursuing a super hero theme (I am being serious here) with
- Captain Data Center
- Doctor Stratus
- Sage StorageBot
IIG, while it is hard every year, is being consistent with a Fantastic Four theme with “The Fantastic Trans4m” including:
- Mr. Transform
- Sync & Share
- The Cloud
Hoping we will see some costumes, particularly for Jeetu as Sync & Share ties to Syncplicity (his product) but is represented by a female character.
Solutions Still the Buzzword
As we mentioned in our post two weeks ago, we are anticipating “solutions” will be the word of the conference. Rick’s Keynote tomorrow – “New Solutions: Delivered. Transformation: Delivered” seem to bear that in mind. Nothing new yet from talking to attendees that indicates that will be any different. Ellen and I will be posting as we learn more…. Stay tuned.