Analysis of a dinner

Last night's primary activity, other thanthe JAMFest, was the annual press and analyst dinner.  It was a goodevening for both informal conversations and some networking.  It wasgood to see so many analysts are here -- I spoke with Gartner, Ferris,and Burton, but missed some of the others around (if the Redmonk chapsare here, I hope you'll be at the blogging panel today or one of my sessionstomorrow?).  I know for sure that one particular analyst firm seemsto have skipped Lotusphere again this year....One of the highlights of the eveningwas hearing the feedback about the Sametime 7.5 announcements.  There'sa big difference between the press/analyst reaction and customer reaction. Customers are jazzed about the new UI, screen capture and send capability,voice over IP.  Press and analysts are buzzing about the AOL/Yahoo/Googledeals.  Haven't quite figured out the difference... I have to sayI expected the interoperability deals to be a bigger buzz myself.

Last night's primary activity, other than the JAMFest, was the annual press and analyst dinner.  It was a good evening for both informal conversations and some networking.  It was good to see so many analysts are here -- I spoke with Gartner, Ferris, and Burton, but missed some of the others around (if the Redmonk chaps are here, I hope you'll be at the blogging panel today or one of my sessions tomorrow?).  I know for sure that one particular analyst firm seems to have skipped Lotusphere again this year....

One of the highlights of the evening was hearing the feedback about the Sametime 7.5 announcements.  There's a big difference between the press/analyst reaction and customer reaction.  Customers are jazzed about the new UI, screen capture and send capability, voice over IP.  Press and analysts are buzzing about the AOL/Yahoo/Google deals.  Haven't quite figured out the difference... I have to say I expected the interoperability deals to be a bigger buzz myself.

Originally by Ed Brill from Ed Brill on January 24, 2006, 4:35am

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