I’m sitting typing this from my hotel room in Boston looking out over MIT, having just finished my morning conversation with my wife (skype is great), and thinking back over the past couple of days. I’ve had a great time in Boston, really enjoying the city. It’s a nice old town with an enjoyable skyline, and the rivers are beautiful.
For the interested, I ran a workshop at the CMPros workshop held on the Monday. It was titled “Open Standards and the Convergence of Wikis and Content Management Systems” (slides), and after a brief introduction the workshop focused on discussion around wikis and content management systems. We had some good discussions with people sharing their experiences with both content management systems and wikis. I’ll be running a webinar with Ephox talking about this, and soem of the coming directions in Content Collaboration in the next week. Drop me a line if you are interested.
The Gilbane Boston conference itself has started in earnest now. Tuesday night was the big kick-off for us at Ephox, as we were the proud hosts of a cocktail party, held in the hotel (picture taken by Marco). It was a good night with some really great conversations with some interesting people. Conversations ranging from geography to business (even touching on WYSIWYG editors and content management systems), to obscure technical jokes about metadata and tags.
Yesterday and today have been spent in a combination of manning the Ephox booth, and talking to some of the other vendors ont he floor. My focus has been looking for opportunities for future collaboration, and there looks like some great opportunities.
It has also been great meeting some of the San Mateo based Ephox team face-to-face, getting to know Antony and Marco as more than a voice at the other end of a phone line. They are great guys to work with, and have been doing a great job at helping to make sure that people get to see and know the great products that Ephox has.