I have to say, with all due respect to other conference organizers that Lee Dryburgh and his band of advisors, led by the likes of Jon Arnold, Dan York, Brough Turner, Phil Wolff, Alan Duric and others really worked hard to make this year's eComm the best ever.
When we ended after three days at six p.m. the room was at 80 percent of what it was when we started on Tuesday. Granted some folks had to leave, but then at the Voxeo dinner, we had roughly 50 people there, so many that the working staff from Voxeo who did so much (Alison and her colleague I think) had to eat in another part of the Roti Bistro, downstairs.
The event really didn't end at 6 PM, and seemed to continue as discussions at tables were more about undiscussed topics, new ideas and what's coming next.
My London drinking buddy, Dean Bubley has a great summary just up. Dean's candid, and brings a non Silicon Valley, non USA perspective.
But eComm is not VON for those who think it replaced it. It doesn't. And it's not ITExpo and it was never meant to be. It's not Channel Partners and its not CompTel. It's not DEMO and it's not Under The Radar. It's not Telco 2.0 or anything like those.
It's eComm and it is what is next in telecom, mobile and wireless. Already plans are underway for next year as well as a possible European edition later in the fall and from what's already bubbling and fermenting, it's going to be tasty and refreshing, like a good glass of wine.