In a few minutes, I'll be heading out for the day from Aberdeen’s event, The CPO Summit. While I'll miss a few presentations in the afternoon session, it's been a great 24 hours here. Over the next few days, I'll be posting a number of blogs on my notes from the sessions so far (and I'd like to give a special thanks to SAS for letting me steal their bandwidth to make this post).
On a high level, before I run for my train, let me share a few quick summary thoughts. To wit, there was a great irony in holding the event at the Westin because it turns out that Forrester had their event here earlier in the week (which in fact had a slight overlap with the Aberdeen event). What is the irony, you ask? Forrester is incredibly polished, yet quite high level (some say up in the clouds). Aberdeen's event, in contrast, was down in the trenches, but with at least as senior -- perhaps a more senior -- group of attendees. It was substance at it best. Sure, it was slightly rough around the edges (e.g., the speaker presentations were not well choreographed at various places throughout) from a style and visual stand point, but this was what made it real. At the end of the day, the content and networking was excellent. And you can't ask for much more than that.
I'm looking forward to posting more substantive blogs on the presentations in the coming days ... stay tuned! I also hope that Aberdeen decides to hold the event next year.