Since too many of my friends and family have to read this blog to keep up with where I’m at in life (yes, sometimes that included my wife) I thought I would check in from SMB Nation here in Redmond (MS Campus).
Today is technically Day 1 even though I arrived yesterday and attending a pre conference session and had dinner with a vendor. Four hours sleep going into Friday and six going into today so I think I may actually survive the time change (until I get back to Charlotte and have to wake up early).
Today I had breakfast with Andrea Russel (in charge of SBSC Worldwide) and she was asking us about a major system builder that had approached her to offer an SBSC exclusive offer. Let me ask you the same question: If you were to get special pricing from a system builder for you customers would you want the OS OEM or Open? We agreed Open as we like to keep your server OS installs “migratable”.
After breakfast I was put on stage during the keynote Q & A to answer questions about the SBSC initative from a partner perspective. With over 1000 people watching live (in the room, overflow room and onine) and those darn bright lights in my face I hope I did OK. At least it will make my presentation on P2V conversion to 200 folks later today feel like a small group of friends.
Right now I’m watching Respose Point being demonstrated by Jeff Smith himself. I can wait to get my demo unit. I really belive Microsoft is making the right move by getting into the phone system business (at least from a software dev standpoint).
It looks like tonight will be the big party night starting with the SBSC Wine & Cheese at 5, Magic Show after that than the big suprise party by Autotask (oops, did I blog the suprise). If I get to some sleep tonight I will be sure to post an update tomorrow.
If you are not here, please keep an eye out for my announcement of the SMB Summit coming in spring ‘08.