NY Tech Summit speaker
and Network Computing
editor Mike Fratto
(shown left) has something to say about multi-path Ethernet standards. In his recent post, "Proprietary Is Not A Four Letter Word," he describes his experience doing an informal poll among NY Tech Summit attendees - and confirmed what he might have already guessed: "Some people care about standards. Many don't care that much about standards. But everyone wants products that work."
Instead of delving deeper into Fratto's findings (you can read the post here
, because he'll say it better than I can anyways), I do want to point out the value in attending IT trade shows and events where you can network, converse, debate and bounce ideas off of your colleagues in the field.
In a recent post, Kevin Heslin of Mission Critical
went as far as to say that NY Tech Summit changed how he viewed the industry based on conversations with attendees. What he assumed to be the norm for most IT practitioners was not, in fact, the case.
While it's easier than ever to communicate electronically (who doesn't have access to email on their phone these days?) don't discount the value of meeting other IT practitioners and industry experts face-to-face.