X Change 2009: Sold Out!
You may have already noticed this when you went to the registration page if you’re still considering the X Change next week but we officially put a cap on things last Thursday. While I’m disappointed that more people won’t be able to join us, it is incredibly gratifying to know that in the midst of the worst business economy in decades that smart people are still able to get management approval for continuing education, networking, and professional development.
I am certainly excited about the group we have coming next week: some great vendors, some awesome consultants, an incredible keynote event, and many of the best and brightest practitioners in the digital measurement industry. Excellent!
Also, as Gary pointed out in his blog post today, if you really, really, really need to join us in San Francisco and have already gone to bat for the budget, just let me know. We can always squeeze one more in, but we’ll probably make you attend Gary’s Think Tank training session just so he feels a little better (see his blog post for the back-story …)
If you can’t make it and you’re on Twitter please watch for conversation and insights on the #xchange hashtag in Twitter. Like Gary, I’m not foolish enough to promise to blog from the conference (hell, I barely blog as is anymore … too busy with work I guess!) but I will definitely try and push up 140 characters here and there, or slightly less when I co-tag with #xchange and #measure LOL!
If you’re coming to San Francisco, I look forward to seeing you next week!
P.S. piggybacking on Gary’s comments about WebTrends … I’m with Gary and Phil on the whole “9” release. I’m encouraged by the company making a move in the right direction, but I feel that the release was dramatically over-marketed and set a new, all-time high for “hype over substance” in this industry making even the great green machine look conservative. When your own staff are forced to admit the release is not “the new UI” despite marketing’s claim that “[9’s] clean, professional interface lets you creatively explore your data like never before,” well something has gone wrong somewhere.
That said, it’s great to see Alex committing to the product and, at the end of the day, it’s not what Gary, Phil, or I think … it’s what their customers and prospects think that counts. I know a handful will be at the X Change, along with someone from WebTrends marketing, so that interplay will be … ummm … interesting to watch!