At our monthly meeting Sarah Novotny (of Blue Gecko.) talked briefly about the Velocity Summit – a meeting of IT management leaders to discuss the topics to be presented at O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference in June. This sparked an interesting conversation about the future directions of IT within and for technical organizations. In particular we had a fairly long discussion on the state of and future of cloud computing – hype vs. reality, etc.
Following that we spent an hour reviewing some of the open organizational questions. The feedback from members present aligned strongly with the thoughts that John Helm and I had already put to paper, which was validating. There is a need for this organization, at least for a good number of technology leaders in Seattle area. There is excitement about keeping it active and flourishing. Mostly we all agreed that it needs to be an active, engaged forum that builds on peer support and collaboration. I’ll put details on the list for discussion.