I am still amazed with how quickly you can reach a global audience. It's been 61 days since we started Data Center Pulse. Since then we have secured 312 members from 180 companies in 21 countries representing at least 20 different industries! The member list is growing like mad.
As Mark and I continued to recruit members a realization set in. The list of companies that are represented on Data Center Pulse are from every industry. This group spends or influences hundreds of billions of dollars every year. They build the engines that run banking, medical support systems, schools, military, government, transportation systems, and this little thing called the internet. :-) Over the weekend we brainstormed how to best leverage the strength of this group. What is it that most of the people are interested in? What would be worth their time? Personally, I benefit greatly when I am able to sit down for detailed discussions and debate on Data Center topics with my peers in the industry. I really enjoyed the round table we held at the AFCOM session and wished there could be more.
So, Mark and I decided to take the next step. We want to get this community together for a face to face working session. The goal is to discuss and debate the top 10 topics that are on the minds of these owners and operators. What are those topics? We want the community to decide. Who will lead these discussions? We want the leaders to be selected from the community. What will we do with this information? The topic leaders will present it out to the industry. What will the next steps be? The community will decide. In other words, the Data Center Pulse members will create the agenda, content, output and followup for this summit. When we harness the knowledge and experience of this group along with the challenges they face, some very useful information will be generated. Wouldn't you like to know what's on the mind of your customers? What they want? What they need? With this summit, you will get it directly from the horses mouth.
Data Center Pulse Summit
On February 17-18, 2009 we will host the first Data Center Pulse Summit in Northern California. You can read more about this event through the latest blog entry.
Keep in mind, that this is an invitation only event for Data Center Pulse members. But, anyone in the industry can submit topic ideas through this survey to be considered for the different tracks. We have also partnered with the AFCOM Northern California Chapter to host the read-out of the topic findings immediately following the event (February 18, 2009). We have also partnered with Teladata to have the output of these 10 topics discussed at round tables at their Technology Convergence conference the following day (February 19, 2009).
We have high hopes for this summit and would appreciate your input. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions.