In Orlando, Optimism Returns
May 10, 2010 Alex Woodie
It would be tempting to say that things couldn’t have gotten much worse for COMMON following the dreadful conference in Reno this time last year, when the global economy was melting down. In reality, things could have gotten much, much worse for the 50-year-old user group. But thanks to a variety of reasons–including a better economic climate and the impressive announcements from IBM–the optimism was as obvious as the Florida humidity during last week’s show at the Orlando Hilton.
Before Y2K, COMMON routinely attracted more than 4,000 attendees to its bi-annual shows. For the next five years, attendance gradually