While reading industry blogs I often see entries describing informal meet-ups between bloggers, Tablet PC enthusiasts and members of the Microsoft MVP program. Aside from the Tablet gathering at CES, I rarely get to participate in these fun and informal opportunities for networking with my peers from other mobile computing companies.
Yesterday that all changed.
I am writing this blog from Florida where I am attending the Microsoft North America Channel Partner Summit (CPS), an event that brings together hundreds of MS partners including OEM manufacturers, ISVs, distributors and system builders. Included in the agenda yesterday was a lunchtime round-table mobility discussion for direct OEM partners including TabletKiosk, Motion Computing, OQO, General Dynamics Itronix and Mobile Demand.
We covered a broad range of subjects including the challenge of transitioning customers to Vista, vertical market overview, consumer vs. enterprise markets and recent announcements about the ULCPCs. It was a very productive meeting, which was put together by Debbie Martin who is the Microsoft OEM Account Manager for Mobility.
Later in the evening, some of us continued the meeting on a much more informal basis over a couple rounds of drinks in the hotel bar. It was really cool to have such a positive experience with my peers, and sometimes competitors, who face similar challenges everyday; and I look forward to developing these new business relationships.
To my friends in the bogging community, please know that we are all paying attention to your posts...