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FCW Insider: Blogging from IPIC -- day 1

So me and 1,000 of my closest friends are in Orlando this week for the annual IPIC conference, which of course stands for the Information Processing Interagency Conference.  (Does anybody use the term 'information processing' any more?) The conference is sponsored by the Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC). I thought GITEC was a part of the American Council for Technology (ACT), but apparently I'm wrong given that I don't see it anywhere on ACT's Web site. I have a whole post about the number of these government groups, but...more on that later. A quick update of the events so far from the morning here in Orlando.* The theme of IPIC this year is "Transforming the infrastructure: Managing and protecting data for the future." The cover of the agenda has a butterfly -- get it? Transformation! And during the breaks during speaking events, they even showed off clips from the movie, "Transformers."


* Music, music everywhere. They have music playing at breakfast. Normally, that just stops you from being able to talk, but here, they had wonderful piano music played by the mother of Linda Cureton, CIO at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Cureton has become a CJD fav -- and not only because she reads this blog. I just keep hearing interesting things coming out of Goddard and I can only assume that leadership has something to do with that. Anyway,Cureton's mother is really good and she was a welcome addition to breakfast. If she plays again, I'll snap an iPhone photo and post it on myFlickr page and/or here.

* David Pogue wow-es -- again... Regular readers will know that I'm a huge fan of David Pogue, who is probably best known as the NYT's personal technology columnist. FCW had him at our CIO Summit last fall and the audience just loved him. In fact, we loved him so much, he is one of the keynote speakers at the FOSE trade show coming up next month (and I may even get to introduce him). And Pogue proved a huge crowd pleaser here too -- he got a standing ovation. Pogue did a just superb job providing an overview of Web 2.0 technologies -- what they are and what they can do. If you haven't seen Pogue -- or even if you have -- he really is just remarkable. He is wonderfully entertaining and very informative. But this presentation was very different from his Summit presentation. At the Summit, he was demonstrating cool tech. Here, he was talking about what Web 2.0 is -- almost a primer on Web 2.0.

Spell check... The sign outside the conference room sought quiet. Unfortunately, as Pogue noticed, what it said was that this was the "quite zone," whatever that is. Somebody did ask Pogue to sign the sign before he left. More to come in the coming days.

Posted by Christopher J. Dorobek on Mar 03, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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