So what did I learn at Interop 2009 Las Vegas? Well, I learned that there are many, many exciting technologies out there right now! The both good and bad of going to this type of event is that you learn something new. Whether its application virtualization, the mobile Internet, web application security, or any other of the dozen of topics covered at Interop, something new is happening and I need to be apart of it. The trick is, how does one find those organizations that are doing exciting work with new technologies?
One of the presenters at the Conference asked the simple question, “What problem are you trying to solve?” Maybe it isn’t about finding which organizations are doing what with new technology. Maybe it’s about find an organization that is willing to utilize new technology to answer the question, “What problem are we trying to solve?” and then applying new ideas (i.e., technologies) as the solution.
So what are my thoughts after leaving the Conference? I’m convinced that application virtualization, the mobile Internet, and remote access are the keys to technology within the next few years. Oh, and let’s not forget about moving the protection schemes to focus on Data and not on the perimeter of the network. I believe that organizations will give their employees, customers, and business partners anytime, anywhere access to information, but only on a need-to-know basis. If you give someone just enough access to do their job, you can protect what is most important – the Data.