From Bill Farnham, the MBA intern for the CommunAffix Project:
I can't even begin to say what a difference it makes having us all together down here in Austin. We're able to bounce ideas off of each other and have made some real progress on the project. Ronnie and Ian cracked our proxy server issues yesterday, enabling us to push a MSI out across the network with all of the proxy/network settings pre-configured. Once the client is installed it goes through a proxy server which only allows connections to specific IP addresses, a definite plus. Our main client's response to the work done so far was a short and sweet "Guys, this sounds fantastic!"
The other element of our project that has really come into focus this week is the Armonk pitch. IBM legend David Barnes gave us some feedback and pointers on Tuesday, and the pitch has moved to a whole new level as a result. We already knew our lines and were comfortable with the information, now we're trying to improve our delivery and actually make the pitch compelling. It's tough, but this is the week that it has to get done.
Finally, the folks here in the Austin lab, Ann, Steve, Abbie, Julio, Dominique and Sam, have gone out of their way to make us feel welcome and involve us in the daily goings-on, and we owe them a big thanks!
Here are some pictures...
the team at Steve's house the night he made us a fabulous dinner, left to right, Ronnie Lee, tech intern, Ian Williamson, tech intern, and Bill Farnham, MBA intern.
the CommunAffix brain trust out to dinner, left to right Steve Dale, technical mentor, Bill Farnham, MBA intern, Viktos Berstis, IBM Master Inventor and technical mentor, Ronnie Lee, tech intern, and Ian Williamson, tech intern.