This morning was the ArcReady Cleveland event with the topic of Service Lifecycle Management. This is a very valid topic these days with more and more organizations creating services and not really having any strategy on how they plan to update/upgrade those services.
Josh Holmes kicked off the event, introduced us to the speaker and then promptly disappeared until the giveaways at the end. Well, he was there for the break too. Josh not speaking at this event didn't detract from anything though as the speaker was quite capable and didn't need any hand-holding.
Unlike the last couple of ArcReady events, the crowd was dead quiet until after the break. He about had to beg us to start talking. I think the biggest barrier to conversation was that very few people in the crowd had any relevant experiences to share. Once he got to demonstrating the app people really started to get it and conversation (mostly in the form of questions) started. The talk was oriented towards enterprise IT departments instead of at ISVs so not everything translated directly but he did make a good case for the usefulness of at least having a corporate-wide defined strategy as for how to deal with service lifecycles.
There were three to four times the number of attendees as were at the last ArcReady event including numerous people that I 'think' read this blog (which is a small number). I ran into an old co-worker, a current recruiter trying to lure me away and several other devs trying to get a code dojo/camp started. Hopefully with some of the contacts I made to day we will get enough momentum going to actually start an event.
As far as I know the next event I'll be reviewing will be the March 13th launch event. I may attend a SIG or UG before then but XNA and Ruby don't fit in my path so I doubt it.
Oh, and the streak continues, no prize for John.