CEC 2006 - Day 3 (Wednesday, October 4th)

Last day of CEC 2006. Up at 5:30AM. Yuck. I reviewed what I planned to say at the Global Customer Services (GCS) all-hands later that morning. I was off and over at Moscone by 6:30AM to spend a bit of time just relaxing and writing this blog. About 7AM I went back stage to get plugged in again and do a brief review of the show flow for the day. At 7:30 I was the MC for GCS all-hands, we were on time so I was back stage by 9AM.

At 9AM I met with with Jim and Hal to get dressed. Yes again Jim and I would dress up but this time Hal joined us as "The Morning Snowman" aka Frosty. A brief run though with Hal and then a review of Tuesday's winners. At 10:30AM Hal took the stage as Frosty and Jim and I followed as the Wizard and Dilbert.

As Hal got out of his Snowman, Jim and I thanked the following people for their incredible efforts in making CEC a success (sorry if I missed anyone): Andrew Amalfitano, Christian Bandulet, Michael Barrows, Brad Beadles, Eric Bezille, David Blankenhorn, Mike Briggs, Joe Chmura, Borje Lindh, Jeff Victor, Bill Walker, Joel Weise, Stanley Haag, Franz Haberhauer, Henning Henningsen, Bernd Kaponig, Jeremy Barnish, Bill Badley, Lara Foster, Robert Holt, Vici Kelley, Susan McMynn, Monica Magelky, Russell Marsh, Bryan Mcqueen, Scott Radeztsky, Jim Remmell, Maria Buoy, Candace Lomonaco, Anthony Lee, Edward Clay, Bill Cline, Dale Cunningham, Scott Dickson, Barton Fiske, Richard Gage-Little, Carlos Garcia, Kier Gombart, Kris Buggenhout, Scott Dickson, Brian Down, Erik Fischer, Constantin Gonzalez, Franz Haberhauer, Leroy Kelley, David Levy, Dennis Maher, Joseph Mangin, Alets Marcano, Jeff Mciver, Silvia Mermisl, Mark Moody, Kevin Muller, Steven Nelson, Robert Pecze, Evtim Petrov, Matthias Pfuetzner, John Prentice, Scott Radeztsky, Shez Rawsthorne-Houghton, Peter Reiser, Thomas Roberts, Simon See, Nobel Shelby, Shane Sigler, Jorgen Skogstad, David Tong, Nawal Totari, Hung-Sheng Tsao, Michael Urban, Ruud Vanderpas, Tony Vasquez, Joel Weise, Chee-Kin Ngai, Steen Schmidt

THANK YOU TO ALL!

Jim and I also announced the last round of winners for this years event. A special note to the two winning videos that were produced by CEC attendees. Brendan O'Neill and Didier Heck did a great job with their videos.

Hal then took the stage to talk about "What's next". While Hal is on stage Jim and I did a briefing for Jonathan. It was a bit odd as we were being video taped while chatting with Jonathan for his "Sun Insider" show. I then head back on stage and do a quick Q&A with Hal. Jonathan then takes the stage wearing his "I Love Solaris" shirt. Love it!

Jonathan did his thing. It was great from what I could tell (its a bit hard to follow along from behind stage with all the other stuff going on). I then joined Jonathan for his Q&A. After the Q&A, Hal and Jim came out wearing their cool CEC bowling shirts and asked Jonathan to join our bowling team. A quick photo opportunity and CEC came to a close.

We didn't have much time to hang out. We said a quick thanks to the team back stage and then we were all off to the Hilton for a Global Systems Engineering (GSE) leadership meeting. The one group that I have not pointed out in any of my blogs on CEC is George P. Johnson (GPJ). GPJ did all of the CEC planning and logistics. I would say the reason I have not mentioned them up to now is that they were invisible. Not in the sense that they were not there, but just like any super logistics, things just worked like you would have expected. Great job guys!

The GSE meeting ended about 6:30PM and then it was off to the Thirsty Bear one more time for a quick drink with some of the GSE folks. Then back to the hotel and time to crash.

That is it. I left the next day to head back to Prague. I arrived Friday afternoon. Trying to get back to normal over the weekend.

Thanks again to all that attended CEC and all the volunteers, GPJ, Kenwood and staff that made CEC a success. See you next year!

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