Greetings from a hot Las Vegas! Lady Backup traveled thousands of miles and many time zones to join 15,000 of my closest friends for EMC World 2012.
This is my 7th EMC World and in the time I’ve attended, the show has gone through lots of change. It’s not just the number of attendees – which is 10x more today compared with the first EMC World 11 years ago. There is also a feeling that people are looking for change.
The idea of transformation seems to really hit the mark because it is both an organization and a personal thing. The agenda is stacked with IT transformation sessions. Of course I’m partial to the dozens of backup transformation sessions.
But I also see people looking to transform themselves. Take the number of people signing up for their first Twitter account. Small example of course but I think there is an appetite for people to advance themselves just as much as they think about the evolution of their technology infrastructure.
There is also the reality of data growth. Pat Gelsinger had an interesting comment during the keynote when he said, “Data becomes the new center of gravity for IT.” He gave a number of stats, such as 1 billion queries per day on Google to illustrate the vastness of the digital universe.
It’s no surprise that the keynote was imaged as a space voyage. The vastness of unexplored outer space has a lot of parallels to the data that we are collecting across the global. The next innovation, the next cure, the next big idea… they are all waiting to be unlocked among the vastness of the digital universe.
It’s an exciting time to be in IT. You can feel it here in Vegas and hopefully the wave is traveling around the world this week through all of the social media feeds from the show.
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