Monday, February 23, 2009

Letter From the Editor from the upcoming March edition of Virtual Office News

From the upcoming March 2009 edition of Virtual Office News

Letter from the Editor

Well, I literally just returned from the T3 conference last night, and had been holding this page open to receive my comments.

We know from our Wrap-Up session at the conference that many of you (subscribers) were in attendance, so my comments will be old news to some readers. But, to those subscribers who couldn’t attend, you missed a really good show!

Attendees and sponsors were thrilled with this year’s venue and the quality of the program. Some of the things we “switched up” this year to keep the conference fresh included mixing advisors and sponsors on the panels, and having sponsor reps sit on panels on specific technologies different from the ones they sell — rather — technologies they use in their own day-to-day work like business networking sites (e.g., LinkedIn), or Apple hardware.

And finally, in keeping with prior years, we included panels on some bleeding edge technologies, like Smartphones and their ability to integrate and share data with computer software systems, or cloud computing and text-to-voice/voice-to-text systems.

To give you a chance to experience the conference if you weren’t there, please take a look at our blog at where you’ll find many video clips and commentary on the conference.

We’re already planning next year’s conference. It will be held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines (San Diego) from February 17-20, 2010, and we’re looking into the possibility of extending it to four days with the first day being a golf outing (or tournament). Keep watch on the VON website for more details.

My last impression of the conference that I want to share is something I mentioned in our Wrap Up session. T3 has become an incubator of sorts. It has already incubated Your Silver Bullet, the consortium of 22 technology companies (the vast majority being T3 sponsors) that are collaborating to build software bridges, and the process is now drawing in larger and larger companies. (AT&T had a new presence at this year’s conference). So, in the future, look for more good things to come out of T3 that will ultimately benefit you in your practices.


Dave Drucker, Editor
Virtual Office News

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