Again, always busy...

I had only 5 days at home and then I was off again, this time to Atlanta for the Microsoft Global Briefing where all the Microsofties from the field gather once a year.

Since this event is in Atlanta and my Aunt Peggy lives in the little town of Fayetteville, Tennessee, I decided to bring my 84 year old father, Joe, to see his sister.  We flew into Nashville on Saturday July 10th and drove down to Fayetteville.  Sunday was a fun day visiting with my Aunt and cousins Lori and Chuck.  Monday morning was driving to Atlanta (about 4 hours with no traffic).

Tuesday and Wednesday we have briefings with the Architect Evangelists from throughout the world.  This is my opportunity to get to know the folks that will be carrying out architectural message to the enterprise customers.  They are a great bunch of smart people and I always cherish the chance to hang out with them and learn about the difficulties that they face.  It looks like I will have a lot of time on Atlanta to work on writing my new projects as I am uncommitted from July 15th through 18th.  Lots to write and post to my website!

First, I am going to rewrite the Metropolis: Buildings and Applications talk.  It was the weakest of the talks at Amsterdam and I know it will be a great talk but it just isn't yet...  I am schedule to present this at MGB on Monday, July 19th and I want to be ready with a better version.

The next project is to create a paper called “Data on the Outside versus Data on the Inside”.  This will be a paper version of the contents of “Thoughts on Data” and I will try to get this on www.pathelland.com before I leave Atlanta on July 20th.

Finally, some big news is that I will be doing the closing keynote for MGB and expect around 5,000 people (the technically focused Microsofties from the field).  I will be doing Metropolis: Envisioning the Service-Oriented Enterprise and then I will do my second live performance of “Mr. CIO Guy” which is a satire based on Don McLean's “American Pie” song. Consider the Harvard Business Review paper “IT Doesn't Matter“ by Nicholas Carr of May 2003.  In this paper, Mr. Carr proposes that since IT is expensive, you should consider whether you receive more value than you competitors and, if not, consider reducing your investment.  This led to many articles and headlines of “IT Is Dead“, and in some cases there were companies that reduced their investment in IT.

This song is a “speculative retrospective“ wherein we imagine a world in the future in which a massive reduction in IT investment has occurred stimulated by the Harvard Business Review paper (a scenario I find highly unlikely).  “Mr. CIO Guy” is a whistful look back at “The Day that IT Died”...  You can see the first rendition of this from Amsterdam on www.pathelland.com and I hope to get an even better recording from my live performance for 5,000 people on July 20th.  My friend Mark Glikson will accompany me on the piano for this rendition.

Hope to post some more technical content soon!

Love, Pat