Boot camp attendance was off due to the economy. As we know, the first thing to go when times are rough (besides the IT dept as a whole
) is training and travel. So we'll take our lumps and move forward.
That being said, the conference portion on Fri & Sat grew from last time. I thought the talks were great. We had a nice mix of technical topics, policy talks, real-world examples, career counseling, etc.
Many came up to me and expressed their feelings of how great they thought is was. They loved the talks, the format, the food was awesome, the venue is perfect and the conversations during the event were appreciated. It has me inspired to make the next one even better. We're looking at May again.
I'll let those who attended add their unbiased thoughts.
PS - Sorry you couldn't be there this time. Maybe we'll see you again in the spring like last year.