Tuesday, January 27, 2009

On the Road to Mandalay . . .

I travelled all day Monday to make my way to the Omni Mandalay in Irving, TX. As I've mentioned before, the Omni Mandalay has some of the best customer service I've ever received while travelling.

We were here for the SMB Summit last year. Arlin and his crew from HTS/HTG were so impressed with the place that they have scheduled three "HTG All" events here in 2009. And SMBTN has also decided to re-up the Omni Mandalay for their SMB Summit this year (May 14-17).

So don't forget the customer service! You never know when it will pay major dividends.

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HTG All - Day One (for me)

The HTG meetings are two days each. That's either Monday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday. My group is Thursday-Friday, but I showed up Monday because I am teaching a seminar today (Tuesday).

Monday night was spent somewhat quietly playing poker. I was up, I was down. At the end of the night I was even. You can't ask for more than that. Thank you, Cisco, for the brewskis. Congratulations, Larry, for taking most of the pot.

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HTG All - Day Two

My talk today is on Project Management in the SMB Space with a focus on Zero Downtime Migrations.

My brother and I are working hard to finish our book on Network Migration strategies and ZDTM. This will be my first public discussion of ZDTM. We don't have a lot of time, so we won't dive too deeply. But we'll do what we can.

Tonight I'm doing something un-related to HTG, although most of the participants are in town for HTG. I'm holding an "instant mastermind" dinner. I sent out invitations saying I'd be in Dallas. Six of us are getting together to have a structured discussion around some steak dinners. Wish us luck.

Wednesday I'm selling books all day. Wish me more luck.


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