The recently held C-Change 2009 in Kathmandu was exciting and fun! However, I felt that most of the vendor sessions were quite drab! Especially, having two sessions on virtualization were a bit too much! Turns out, it was a virtualization overdose!
I sometimes wonder, this technology has been around for quite a while now, and it is still being touted as a hot technology! Wonder, whether IT is really slipping, sometimes!
I did meet up with several CIOs as well and the majority wasn't really impressed with this line-up of discussions. Even I, as a tech journalist, attend conferences, hoping to see and hear something new. In that context, even the presentations from Frost and IDC disappointed.
The panel discussions stood out well, and it was quite clear that the CIOs want to have more say and involvement with the event. Peddling vendors alone, or having some overdose of technologies isn't really going to help anyone.
It was so good to see CIOs totally captivated by the sessions taken by Dr. Ganesh Natarajan and Som Mittal of NASSCOM, Jagdish Khattar and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta.
One other heartening thing to note was the interest of CIOs in undertaking some team exercises, a la C-Change 2008. Maybe, the organizers will include it all over again in the next edition.