in.Telligent 2008 revisited (again)

Following Sean’s earlier round-up of Telligents second annual conference, I thought I’d post my own summary of the events in Dallas earlier this week.

Firstly, kudos to the entire Telligent team for putting on a very productive event that I’m sure benefited them and the array of other partners and customers present as much as it did ourselves.

While it was great to put names to faces to many Telligent staff members who have aided us over the last 12 months, along with reconnecting with other partners we met at last years conference, my main hope was to get a fuller understanding of the technical direction Telligent are taking their product range in and happily, I wasn’t disappointed. There were sessions that examined the present and future states of Community Server, Community Server Evolution and Harvest in great detail, along with some hugely insightful conversations with key members of the development team.

In conversations with some of the marketing guys (and girls) I did raise the point that while the yearly conference is a great time for us as partners to network and build relationships, once everybody goes home, there is no real scope for direct online interaction between Telligent and other partners; which strikes me as somewhat ironic seeing as we are all focused on building strong, relevant communities. It was encouraging to hear that the idea is already under discussion and I hope that something solid will materialise in the foreseeable future.

On the flip-side, there was plenty of time for fun and games, with a casino night providing entertainment on the first night, while a large group of partners decided to amuse themselves at some of the local establishments on the second. As you can see below, a good time was had by all!

Here’s to a great session and roll on in.Telligent 2009!