Conferences are always nice because you make connections with people new to you and you get to renew connections with old friends and it was no different with the 2011 Real Studio Summit in Atlanta this past weekend. Forty-three people from around the world (quite a few Europeans were there as well as Australians) joined us for the two day event.
Despite my initial misgivings about the location, most conference attendees gave it a big thumbs up for a convenient location. Being 10 minutes from the airport made it easy for everyone to get there.
Geoff Perlman, CEO of Real Software, showed us some upcoming UI changes to the Real Studio IDE that I think everyone will like as it eliminates some mousing. Of course I will have to reserve judgement on it until I actually use it 8 hours a day, but from the sneak peak he gave us it will be a nice change.
Real Software also presented some of their insights into Web Edition and Paul Lefebvre did a followup session showing a Web Edition application in action.
The sessions were interesting. I always learn something in a session even if it’s in a topic that I think I know rather well. My own session on Reporting tools for Real Studio seemed to be well received (at least no one threw anything at me) with the Roth Software folks showing me some upcoming features in their product, RSReport, that made me very excited. Can anyone say ‘runtime interaction’ in your reports?
Also good news is that we found a new board of directors for ARBP and by the end of April my presidency of the organization will be over. It’s been a long two and a half years and it’s time for others to lead. Putting on the conference will be it for me. The only thing I have left is to process the videos (close to 13 hours!) so it can eventually go on the website for ARBP members to view.
More, I’m sure, in the upcoming weeks and months as I get some sleep.