Gartner’s 2008 Web Innovation Summit was held last week. It was an exciting week, with lots of good buzz from attendees and exhibiting vendors alike. As usual, the analysts did an outstanding job delivering presentations, running roundtable sessions, and doing client 1-1 meetings.
I ran into a few surprises at the Summit.
For one, I was surprised at the number of attendees that were interested in cloud computing. We added two full tracks of cloud content, but I thought that most attendees would be there for the two tracks of Web content. From my informal surveys, it appears that the split was 50-50.
Another learning is the angle on cloud computing that the attendees were looking at. I thought that most would be interested in applications delivered via SaaS, but a large percentage were interested in infrastructure services in the cloud.
These are just a couple of top-of-mind areas that surprised me at the Summit. More learnings to come.