It’s all great to talk about how wonderful the community is, but seeing the community actually meet in person is where the real fun is.
Did you make it to SugarCon two weeks ago? What a blast! The congratulatory emails have been rolling in from community members around the world who made the pilgrimage to Silicon Valley for SugarCon 08. Everybody enjoyed the mix of learning, sharing and partying. Kudos to John and the marketing team for pulling off a fantastic event.
I personally enjoyed the key note sessions quite a bit. We had Daniel Lyons, aka Fake Steve Jobs, kick off the event with the first key note. His irreverant and insightful commentary on open source and enterprise computing was a fun mix of hilarious and uncomfortable (thanks to Zack Urlocker for posting videos of Daniel’s talk and for NOT posting video 5).
Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems, gave a fantastic talk on the future of enterprise computing and why he bought MySQL for $1B. That guy gets open source!
Paul Greenberg, godfather of CRM and author of CRM at the Speed of Light, also gave a great keynote about the future of CRM. He just posted his thoughts on SugarCon today in his blog and I couldn’t help but grin at his comments on the Sugar culture. But what I most enjoyed was his review of the enthusiasm of the Sugar community.
From his post…
That said, this was not just a good party but the conference itself was extremely well planned and well done and had some of that high spirited sense of community. What was particularly interesting to me was to see the genuine interest the customers, the partners and the developers had for the company, the people and the product itself. They liked it, sure, but they were INTERESTED in it and where it was going . They seemed to feel they had a stake in its success, which is as Shakespeare said somewhere, a “devoutly to be wished” position for a vendor to be in. Part of that was there seems to be an open culture and I hear from my friends at SugarCRM that they enjoy the ride they are on.
Thank you to the Sugar community for being so interested, enthusiastic, passionate, ornery, demanding and flat out engaged. That’s what makes this “ride” so much fun!