So I went to Networkers 2009 in Barcelona and had my usual love/hate time with the whole convention thing. I caught up with some bloggers and met a few new people, learned a bit of stuff, saw some new stuff etc etc.
But for me, the most valuable part of Networkers, the thing that really stays with me after its all over is the presentations from all the sessions.
I make a point of reading most of the presentations. Even the ones I don’t care much about such as telepresence or IP Telephony. That way, I have some insight in the technologies and a view on how to ‘get started’ if I need to work on those technologies.
In you goody bag, Cisco gives you a CD/DVD with the presentations that were submitted before the conference. Since some of the presenters change at the last minute, this disk is not completely up to date.
Networkers Virtual then
Enter the marketing department who have ‘invented’ Networkers Virtual’ where you can go to download the presentations.
Sounds easy right ?
Get a freaking load of this screenshot of the interface:
What is this all a-freaking-bout ? You aren’t getting the real horror here since those little people at the bottom are constantly moving around, and different pieces of the interface keep flicking over and changing.
It’s truly awful.
So lets head into the On Demand Hall
Yep, the ON DEMAND HALL. That’s EXACTLY where I would go to look for session data. I mean, that is so obvious isn’t it ?
And the download page:
That’s right, you have to CLICK to add it to a BRIEFCASE, then you can go to your briefcase to to download it !! And your Briefcase is now called an “event bag”.
Obvious. Very freaking obvious. If the screen worked:
Of course you can’t just “download files”, Oh No, you have to “Download the Event Bag”. hahahahhahahaha, oh stop me, oh please, go on, insult my intelligence some more.
Virtual Presence – my arse
This isn’t virtual presence. This is barf up of all kinds of crap web technology dreamed up by some marketing freak hyped on cocaine and trying to spend as much money as possible with his buddies so he can work for them next. When the salesman said I could add in all these extra toys, they said “Yes please, can we have double helping of all of that!!”.
I tried to login before Networkers to use the tools, but…. yeah, what a mess. The only thing that was useful was the session scheduling. The rest was just time masturbation trying to work out if there was ANYTHING useful.
I mean, jeesh, I can see that a LOT of money has been pissed away on this but it’s not usable by anyone of intelligence.
Just make a website
Frankly, just make a web site. Make it simple and direct. Don’t try and suck up to an audience of smart people. This is just patronising and stupid.
Put the money into something useful like a really good bag, or a beach towel. The best thing I ever got from Networkers was a top quality beach towel.
Actually, no, it was the bag. A really good bag that I still use to for travelling five years later. Not that’s impressive.
PS: Networkers this year ?
Probably not. I think I’ll treat myself to a shiny MacBook Pro. It’s about the same price as the whole trip cost, and it will last longer.