CEC 2006 - Day 2 (Tuesday, October 3rd)

I was able to get to sleep rather early Monday night, so I ended up waking up at about 3:30AM. Since I was up, I ran through the keynote I was to be giving later in the day. I was out of the hotel by 6:45AM and on my way to Moscone for 7AM rehearsals and review of the days winners (best blog, most interactive, best session, etc).

Around 7:30AM it was time to get dressed. Dressed into our costumes. I think part of the requirement for hosting CEC is to try to make as big of fool out of your self as possible. Jim dressed as a wizard and I took on the character of Dilbert. I think we pulled it off, we both looked rather foolish...

At 8AM we were out on the stage getting a few laughs but the big news of the day was the announcement of the Safari deal, where all Sun employees now have access to over 5000 books online. After that we heard from David Yen on Storage, Rich Green on Software and Ian White/Peter Weber on Services.

Coming out of the break we Introduced Andy and let him do his thing. Let's just say he was once again incredible. I came out to do Q&A with Andy, but it was not really needed. He was just reading the questions off of the monitor as they came in. As fast as the team back stage could relay the questions, Andy was answering them.

Then is was for Jim and I to close the general sessions for the day. Jim talked about web 2.0 and what is next in architecture. I talked about our Customer Engineering programs, the intent being to let people know about what initiatives, programs and communities we have and how engineers can use them.

Backstage we got unhooked again, grabbed a quick lunch and then we were off again.

At 1:15PM it was off to meet with a number of our GSS Chief Technologists (CT) to talk a bit about the CT positions and their related roles and responsibilities. At 2:30PM Olaf Schnapauff and I found a quite place back stage to do an interview for the Vodafone account teams. It was an interview about me taking on a new role as the Technical Executive Sponsor for Vodafone. About 3:30PM it was back to the office and finally a bit of time to walk around the event and see what was happening. I popped into a number of sessions to see how things were going but didn't have much time to stay and learn. At 5:30 it was off to the Hilton to do another run through with the GCS team for the all hands on Wednesday morning. I left the Hilton at 6:45 to make it back to Moscone by about 7PM for the start of the big CEC party.

The party was great. Lots of people, video games, casino tables, food, drink and lots of entertainment. There were all kinds of circus like performers (air dancers, contortionists, dancers, etc). We also had a DJ, DJ Amber to be precise. She was great! We handed out t-shirts and permanent markers. The front of the shirt had three lines labeled "Customer", "Expertise" and "Passion". Everyone was to use the markers and personalize their t-shirt. Then you could walk around and find others with similar "tags". For the record mine read: Customer: Vodafone & Customer Engineering (the folks at CEC), Expertise: Threads & Java, Passion: Technology & Wine.

At about 8:45PM Hal Stern, Jim and I got up on the DJ stage and raffled off a number of prizes. It was a great end to a great day. Since I didn't get a chance to eat at the party, it was back to the hotel to have dinner with a few folks from the team. Back to the room and my first chance to read some email for the week. Bed came early again at about 12:30AM.

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