Flash Forward, London: refreshing purpose and content

The recent — and inaugural — Forward conference in London was significant for being a non-vendor specific, -focused event. There’s precious few of this species left and we have not had a new one in a while. This one was substantial enough to have attracted a good number and mix of sponsors and speakers (from organizations both large and small), and yet intimate enough that everyone could have real conversations and get their questions answered.

The need for this type of event is clear; while there was a period when excitement and indeed innovation in storage and data management was waning (we could argue the dates but let’s say it peaked 5-10 years ago), what is abundantly clear of late is that storage — aka data, aka information, aka the ability to get anything done in IT — is categorically center stage.

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