Gen-i ICT2012 Conference in review

I had the pleasure of attending the Gen-i ICT 2012 roadshow/conference yesterday at Telecom Place. It was split into two parts: FWD_LIVE and bizgo. Almost predictably Gen-i rolled out their tried & true video clip about a future that is not so far away

The FWD_LIVE session had a focus on the fibre rollout and included briefings from Gen-i, Chorus and Huawei. Was interesting to see some of the stats around this, such as 30 000 kms of fibre is already in the ground around the country. A couple of customer stories highlighted the value having a fast internet connection can offer. Fletchers for instance purchased Cisco’s Telepresence to reduce travel costs between NZ, Australia and the USA and it is made possible because of a fast reliable fibre connection. The session was rounded out by a panel discussion, in my opinion a bit of a waste of time as there were a handful of questions only. There was the predictable question for Dr Bernard Lee from Huawei:

After a half hour coffee break the bizgo session started. This was more of a general ICT vendor session with HP, Cisco, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Trend Micro giving 15 minute presentations on their wares. Couple of highlights here for me.

  • HP have a Windows 8 powered tablet coming at the end of 2012
  • They also have a E5000 server which is essentially Microsoft Exchange 2010 in a box – all the hardware and software preconfigured to ‘just work’
  • Microsoft Lync of course, a personal favourite
  • Motorola showed their latest handset, the Atrix 2. It can transform from a mobile to a laptop by connecting into a dock. Very cool!
  • Nokia flashed their new Lumia range. As a user already of the Lumia 800 I can attest to how freaking awesome it is!
  • Trend Micro showed off some Deep Security stuff for VMs, interesting stuff particularly around VDi instances

You can see all the tweets from the session here

On that subject, was very cool to have a tweet screen going – any tweets using the conference hashtag of #ICT2012 were displayed. I managed to get a laugh from one of the HP presenters; his offsider said he would buy anyone a coffee if they asked him about a product. Naturally I sent this out to the Internet for everyone to take him up on his offer!!

All in all it was a really good way to spend an afternoon. The bizgo sessions were only 15 minutes and maybe a bit more value would have been achieved from allowing 20 minutes. Saying that, there were stands on-site where attendees could see the vendors up close & personal and ask for more information. Only downside for me was not winning a prize at the end.

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One Response to Gen-i ICT2012 Conference in review

  1. Yes, I was sitting in that Nokia session thinking this must be the first time I’ve seen a presentation where the reality lived up to the hype.

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