The Fall 2007 CDI-MDM Summit has wrapped up. It seemed even more intense than the Spring ’07 conference. More consulting firms and software vendors exhibiting, more real world case studies from companies that have implemented or are implementing MDM solutions. More hallway conversations and networking. More activity overall …
This is great for the MDM market place. Is there room for both Gartner and The CDI-MDM Institute to have conferences on this topic? My feeling is yes. Just like there’s an Oracle OpenWorld conference in the fall and an Oracle Applications User Group conference in the spring. They both come at the same subject matter from a different perspective. With Oracle, it’s obvious they’re in control of the agenda and selling more Oracle products is their goal. With OAUG, it’s independent from Oracle, and the presentations are much more “user to user”, with some consulting firms’ presentations mixed in.
I’m not sure how it will shake out between Gartner and The CDI-MDM Institute, but I know that I really enjoyed the conference that Aaron Zorne and SourceMedia put on this year. You can always find little things that need improving at any conference, but overall, the presentations were spot on, the logistics were fine, and the mood of the conference was very upbeat.
I particularly enjoyed:
There was a tie for my favorite presentation of the entire conference between:
We weren’t able to stay for the post-conference workshops, as we had to catch a train back to Boston. But overall, another fantastic conference from The CDI-MDM Institute and SourceMedia.