The IT Strategy Letter
Doug Kaye, RDS Strategies LLC
June 23, 2004 (Subscribe)

It's Conference Season!

We're past the summer solstice, the days are long, school is out, and there are conferences nearly every week. I'll be hitting some of the very best of them -- best for IT professionals that is -- and bringing them to you via IT Conversations. Here are three conferences of note: two new ones, and another whose archives I've just posted:

Supernova 2004 (starting tomorrow!)
O'Reilly Open Source Convention (next month)
Open Source Business Conference (from March)

Tomorrow and Friday: Live Audio from Supernova 2004

This is shaping up to be one of the hottest events of the year. If you're not able to be at Supernova 2004 in Santa Clara tomorrow, you can catch many of the sessions live on IT Conversations.

Hear the following presentations live from Supernova 2004.
Click here to listen. Requires Windows Media Player.

Here's our broadcast schedule. Times are Pacific Daylight Time (GMT-0700).

Thursday, June 24



Kevin Werbach





Tom Malone (MIT Business School)





Ray Ozzie (Groove Networks)



Panel: The Network is People


Esther Dyson, Mena Trott, Christopher Allen, Ray Ozzie



Panel: Syndication Nation


Moderator Paul Boutin; Scott Rosenberg, Dave Sifry, Tim Bray





Alan Ganek, VP, Autonomic Computing, IBM


Friday, June 25





Kevin Werbach





Jonathan Schwartz (Sun Microsystems)



Panel: Exploding the Enterprise


Moderator: Phil Windley; John Hagel III, Halsey Minor, Gordon Eubanks, Darren Lee



Panel: Disruptive Wireless


Michael Gallagher, Rob Poor, Vanu Bose, Tren Griffin



The Gillmor Gang


Special live broadcast from the conference.





Doc Searls, Senior Editor, Linux Journal



Panel: Is Government the Problem or the Solution?


Moderator Peter Harter; Chris Marsden, Rick White, Scott Blake Harris, Laura Ipsen



Panel: Broadband Life: Bringing it All Together


Moderator Keith Teare; Shawn Hardin, Rob Reid, Joanna Gallanter



Roundtable: Closing the Back-Channel Loop


Liz Lawley, Loic Le Meur, Doc Searls, Dan Gillmor, Judith Meskill

O'Reilly Open Source Convention.

Next month's top event is O'Reilly's Open Source Convention. I'll bring you the keynotes via IT Conversations, but you may want to get yourself to Portland for the meat of the conference, the technical tracks:

  • Linux - NEW!
  • Perl Conference 8
  • PHP Conference 4
  • Emerging Topics
  • Python 12 Conference
  • Apache
  • XML
  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Java
  • Ruby
  • Security - NEW!
  • Products & Services

I was able to get the recordings from the Open Source Business Conference held in San Francisco in March. I've uploaded the audio and transcripts will follow shortly. Among the sessions are some terrific presentations by:

  • Clayton Christensen
  • Tim O'Reilly
  • Lawrence Lessig
  • Raymond Lane
  • David Ritter
  • Jason Matusow
  • r0ml Lefkowitz
  • Mark Bregman
  • William Swope
  • Samual Greenblatt
  • Chris Stone
  • Scott Handy
  • Dave Parry


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--James Snell, IBM, author Programming Web Services with SOAP
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