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Posted by Robert Whiteley III on February 19, 2010
I just bought tickets to Dallas.
Ok, that in and of itself is not a big deal, so bear with me. Unfortunately, flying is part of the job and I log about 150,000 miles a year. That means I see lovely DFW about once a month.
But this is no average trip to DFW. I’m heading down for two of the best things I’ll do this year: 1) host our annual Infrastructure & Operations (I&O) Forum, which I’ll elaborate on below; and 2) get a tour of the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. How cool is that?! I mean the NBA All Star game was just hosted there and it set a record attendance for a basketball game. Despite all the star athletes, it was the stadium that stole the show. And yours truly will be getting a tour, including the datacenter that powers the entire venue. I know it’s just blinking lights in racks, but it’s still some serious infrastructure firepower. How’s all this happening? Because the VP of Infrastructure, Bill Haggard, will be speaking at the I&O Forum and he has some eye-popping stats about the gear. I highly recommend you to attend his keynote if you want to get the stats and photos.
And that’s where the I&O Forum comes in. One of the best parts of my job is hosting our annual client event. I was the MC for last year’s inaugural event in San Diego and this year I’m hosting it in London for the first EMEA version (March 11 and 12) and then in Dallas (March 17 and 18). The event theme is “Back in black: Planning and executing your post-recession initiatives.” Our goal is to help you as a VP or Director of I&O to prioritize projects as budgets finally free up after 12 to 18 months of deepfreeze. The two day event breaks out as:
All of this is tied together by presenters from the BAE Systems, Morgan Stanley, Northwestern Mutual, P&G, United Space Alliance, Visa, the itSMF, and the Dallas Cowboys, of course.
I hope to you see you there. But regardless of whether you attend or not you can follow all the action on (follow me here). I’ll be joined by about 25 other Forrester analysts who will be using the hash tag #FIOF10.
And don’t worry, I’ll try to send some cool twitpics from inside Cowboy Stadium if Bill let’s me.
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