Saint Petersburg, FL
Seachange and their partner co was really impressive. I really like the industry move away from Java to HTML 5 for a whole bunch of reasons most of which are flexibility to the provider to make almost instantaneous changes to the user experience cutting production and rollout costs exponentially. There were several other vendors that scored high on my list because of special things that I'm specifically looking at right now as well.
Remember...what I do pretty much revolves around the user experience...while there are a plethora of network guys there (Juniper etc) most of what they do is transparent to the general public (well it isn't but it is if done right)...so my focus this week has been on things that will be most impactful to the user experience. I spent time with pretty much anyone whos product interfaces with YOU and makes your experience all the better.
There were tons of test vendors there for techs but those are pretty much the same devices just different flavors. Coming from that environment you can never have enough test equipment toys but they just don't excite me as much as the consumer devices do.
Moto and Arris had an impressive booths as well but I've seen all those devices before so nothing wowed me. Seachange on the otherhand is something I've wanted to play with for some time now...been watching them evolve but never had the opportunity to get my hands on it....that all changed today.
I also spent considerable time with vendors who specialize in ensuring the user experience is consistent such as Netscout...again these are transparent to you guys but critical to folks on the backend and especially for those providers who take a more proactive verses reactive approach to network managememt (something we hope all providers do). Ensuring that you are able to lets say authenticate to your favorite provider hotspot consistently or over the top video services or any other application that you can think is important and there were a ton of tools out there but just a few that stood out Netscout being one of them.
I could go on and on but I'm stuffed to the gills with dinner and honestly....its been a long week and I have a busy morning wrapping up so hopefully gettijng to bed early tonight.
~All truth goes through three phases. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident. - Arthur Schopenhauer ~