Nearly. But not quite.
It was, perhaps, inevitable that all the Sturm und Drang now afflicting the telecom industry would take the sheen off CeBIT's sausage, leading to long Teutonic faces and soiled lederhosen all 'round.
Nevertheless, among the usual promises of end-to-end, out-of-the-box, "leveraged" solutions, there was the occasional gem that shook us from our torpor. Here are some of our favorite sights, sounds, and bizarre observations from the 27 halls of Hannover (in no particular order):
Next year's CeBIT will not be in Hannover. Instead it will be staged at an industrial estate near Chipping Sodbury in the south of England. But that's just a rumor we made up.
And so Auf Wiedersehen (and good riddance) to CeBIT for another year. Only another 360 or so days until the next one!
— Peter Heywood, Founding Editor, Light Reading, and Ray Le Maistre, European Editor, Unstrung