First, I would like to thank everyone whom I had the pleasure of meeting for the kind remarks about my blog. I definitely feel re-energized to make an effort to get all of the articles I have been drafting up on the site.
Like last year, the BusinessObjects user conference was dominated by Xcelsius presentations. This year there was not different with multiple sessions per track which may have been overkill since a lot of information was probably a bit repetitive. I hope that the event team takes the session feedback sheets seriously to properly plan the content next year.
On a personal note, this was the best conference I have ever attended because I got to meet so many readers, customers, and partners whom I never met face to face. With that said, the conference itself seemed smaller in attendance and definitely lacked the buzz that previous BusinessObjects hosted events had. Years ago, the BOBJ conference in October was a production with lots of exciting news about new developments, product announcements, and interesting keynote speakers in addition to standard executive keynotes.
A buzz-worthy product that people seemed energized about was Roambi by meLLmo. This was BusinessObjects customer’s first taste of mobile business intelligence in an iPhone world and it was well received.
I look forward to next year to see how this event evolves, since it is a great forum for user’s to meet and learn about new BusinessObjects and related technologies.