Updates from RSC 2009
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Hey everyone - what a great week this was for EGL! As you probably know, we made a big announcement at RSC (a community edition of EGL is coming later this summer). You can read more about it here - EGL Community Edition FAQ.
There were quite a few activities related to EGL and Rational Business Developer at the conference this year. On Sunday morning we had an invite-only session with customers and partners. The purpose was to get feedback on what we're working on and our plans. Of course, we got feedback about things we can do to improve the product as well. One of the main things we discussed was our goals for 2009 and our focus areas:
The general consensus was that these are the right areas to focus on. Let me know if you do or don't agree!
Tuesday was one of the biggest days for EGL at the conference. During the opening keynote session (attended by thousands) the director of Rational marketing talked about the RSC Scheduler created by Chris Laffra and Kapow Technologies! As with last year, the scheduler was a big hit with conference participants (I am sure Chris will brag, err, blog about this sometime in the near future)! We also had the EGL Rich UI session on Tuesday (EM08 was the session number if you want to search for the slides when they are posted). We had close to 50 people attend (which is great!). Lots of good questions and discussions. We also had a birds-of-a-feature session on Tuesday night. At this session we talked more about our announcement and also demo'ed an early version of EGL Free. The reaction was positive - people liked some of the new things we've done (like simplifying the new project wizard and the project structure).
Besides the formal and informal sessions, we also had good one-on-one conversations throughout the week. Chris manned the Rational Labs ped where we demo'ed EGL and showed the cool things you can do with it. Theresa manned the Users First Lounge. We also had a few panel discussions that featured IBMers and some of our partners.
So, overall a great week for EGL! Everyone that loves EGL should be happy to know that there is a lot of excitement in IBM and the EGL community about the technology and where it's going!