Since we are just starting down the Quickr / Sametime path I thought it would be a great place to learn and see what others are doing with the products. Well I was not disappointed, several customers are doing things with Quickr I never dreamed of. It obvious to me that once you have Quickr it grows like a wild fire. I am also surprised (guess I shouldn't be) how scalable Quickr is. A certain customer has 1 quickr server with 1400 places that serves users all over the world. The admin states they don't have any performance issues either, thats great to hear.
I learned a lot about Sametime 8.5.1 which was great since we are still using Sametime Entry at my company. I learned that moving to Sametime Advanced 8.5 in house for our small organization (200 users) really isn't feasible. Minimum 4 servers, multiple installs, multiple versions of websphere, etc... I am so glad that I now understand what is needed and I can make a better recommendation to our organization. LotusLive meetings is looking pretty good right now.
I really enjoyed the "SUT vs TCSPI" session, it gave me the info I needed to discuss some issues with my PBX vendor.
Overall it was a great event. I learned a lot. It was small, smaller than I expected but that was ok. I landed up sitting next to the same people a lot and our conversations would continue from day to day.
New this year is a campus website that will have all the materials for all the alumni. I look forward to the site coming on line and continuing the discussions with other attendees.
On a side note I rode Amtrak for the first time, from St Louis to Chicago. It was a great experience, cheap, relaxing and mostly on time. This is now my go to transportation for trips to Chicago. If you've never used Amtrak before, I suggest you check them out.