I woke up early in Charlotte, piled myself into my car and drove from Charlotte to Atlanta to Chattanooga and arrived in Nashville around 2:00 CST. The Opryland Hotel is entirely to huge. I will go into why I don’t like the hotel and how they fail as a good hotel for conventions from my first impressions.
COMMON on the other hand is set up really well. One day Hotels will set up their conventions so that are not mazes. I always love coming to COMMON and seeing all the people who are here because they love the System i.
When I arrived and signed in I saw a few people I had looked forward to seeing. Everything is right where it should be. The Book store is in place and the Education table is up. After wandering around for a bit shaking hands and saying hello we all ventured over to the main hall for the opening session.
The opening session was impressive. I want to say there were over 1000 people in there if not more. I would like to say that I want the Opening Session to be exciting. Randy Default is not an exciting speaker. While I respect that fact that he is the president of COMMON I don’t think he should be speaking to get people excited. He is a very direct and scripted speaker. To start of with he covered some of the most boring information alive.
At some point he handed over the floor to Mark Shearer from IBM, while Mark is excited about the brand he is not very animated. I willpost what was covered in detail later in the blog.
There is some big info coming this week, they all hinted around to it and we all find out on Tuesday morning about the big news.
After the Opening Session which IMHO was a snooze and covered a bunch of crap I already knew. They opened the Expo floor, which is the same old same old. Got to see some old faces, The booths keep getting smaller. The food was pretty good on the floor. I am trying to eat better while on the road. It ain’t easy but I am going to try. I am also on my own dime this week so eating FREE food is cheaper than paying for it.
More updates later.