Last week’s Agile2009 in Chicago was a pleasant surprise in a couple of ways. First, in a down economy the conference attracted nearly 1400 attendees from around the globe – which is outstanding considering many conferences organizers we’ve talked to are reporting a 30% decline in attendance. According to the organizers 60% of the attendees were first-timers at the conference which is a testament to the quality of the event. And, there was a large international contingent – we met lots of Aussies, Kiwis, Brits and Europeans; in fact it felt like 50% of the Agilists we spoke to were from outside the US – and great to meet them all! (more…)
Mike Jones, Robert Neri, Roy Carnes and I are heading to Chicago on Monday to attend this year’s Agile 2009 conference. This is OutSystems’ second year at the conference and we’re looking forward to a great week of Agile learning, meeting new people and community activities. If you’re going to be there – stop by the booth and say Hi and join us for Happy Hour during Muzik Masti on Wednesday night – we’re buying the drinks!! (more…)
Paulo Rosado, CEO of OutSystems, kicked off the conference with a thought provoking keynote arguing the idea that IT doesn’t matter and is just a commodity was incorrect and described how and why IT is in fact the source of competitive advantage for many leading companies. He also warned the audience that because every good idea is eventually copied -eroding any competitive advantage – continuous innovation is imperative.