It's Thursday night of Forrester IT Forum and I've had 19 formal one-on-one meetings with attendees so far, and talked with dozens of other people during meals and breaks and before and after presentations. There's something striking about these conversations, compared to years past. Pretty much every meeting I've had with non-vendor attendees has been about their organization's enterprise collaboration strategy or Information Workplace strategy — or their need to develop one. I've been speaking with information and knowledge management professionals with titles like CIO, VP Emerging Technology, Sr. Project Leader, Dir. Global Strategy and Architecture, and VP of Information Systems. They are coming to 1:1 meetings extremely well-prepared, armed with architecture diagrams, drafts of their collaboration strategy documents, and lists of carefully thought-through questions. What a difference from five years ago when common questions were, "What are other companies doing in the area of collaboration?" or "Which is a better team collaboration tool: eRoom or Groove?"
What does it say when an airline CEO whose stock is being re-listed opens that stock exchange remotely, rather than in person? On Wednesday May 3, Delta Air Lines, which emerged from bankruptcy April 30, began trading its newly listed stock on the New York Stock Exchange – the same exchange it traded on prior to filing bankruptcy more than 18 months ago. Rather than flying to New York to ring the ceremonial opening bell, Gerry Grinstein, the airline’s CEO, opened the exchange remotely form the Atlanta airport. Mr. Grinstein is scheduled to ring the closing bell in New York today.