Mgmt World: Obama's Blustery Day

10:50 AM -- DUBLIN -- Management World 2011 -- Three things have dominated the agenda for those arriving in Dublin for the Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT)-fest that is the TM Forum 's Management World. (See It'll Be Cloudy in Dublin.)

1. Obama
President Obama is visiting Dublin today, which means that no one gets within several hundred meters of wherever he is, there are more police on the streets than there are civilians and the airport doesn't accept incoming flights on time. Welcome to Ireland!

2. The Wind
It's fierce. Like this. So not only are the planes landing late, they are landing on one wheel as well. And people are falling over once they get outside. It's even more fun when rain is thrown into the mix.

3. Iceland's at it again...
What is it with erupting fissures in Iceland and the Management World show?

Last year's event in Nice, France, was disrupted because of the cloud ash spewed over Europe by Eyjafjallajökull (try saying that after a few pints of Guinness...). (See Dublin, Not Nice and Volcano 1, Light Reading 1.)

Now, with remarkable timing, the Grimsvötn volcano has chucked its load into the atmosphere, and it's heading towards Northern Europe. Could the friction between the Icelandic tectonic plates be linked to the stress levels of TM Forum president Martin Creaner? We'll know for sure next year if the same thing happens again...

Also in Dublin:

You can get all the show floor news and Guinness-fuelled gossip at our special Management World 2011 Show Site.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

digits 12/5/2012 | 5:04:50 PM
re: Mgmt World: Obama's Blustery Day

Management World really kicks off on Tuesday, by which time hopefully the wind will have died down, so until then it's hard to say how this show 'feels' -- expecting a lot on how operators can provide assurance for cloud services.

SO far the few comments/opinions I have garnered can be filed under 'deja vu'... hoping to hear something new this year.

cnwedit 12/5/2012 | 5:04:49 PM
re: Mgmt World: Obama's Blustery Day

Walking into the wind, as I exited the squeaky clean new convention center, I watched a young woman be practically blown into the street, just as one of those annoying police motorcycles streaked by at about 70 miles per hour.

Fortunately no one was hurt.

Now comes word from the Dublin police: Don't attempt to attend the concert at Trinity College, being held as part of Obama's visit here this evening, as College Green is already full. My HP press event is a few blocks away -- I wonder what are my chances of getting there?

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 5:04:47 PM
re: Mgmt World: Obama's Blustery Day

The wind, volcanic ash, and Obama set the stage for a dramatic Management World. That's a lot for the SPIT-ers there to live up to -- the bar is already high for news excitement.

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