Hitachi Data Systems Blogger Day
by Hu Yoshida on Jun 19, 2010
Last week Hitachi Data Systems held their first blogger day, which was attended by 10 bloggers who cover the IT space. It was an eclectic mix. Besides expert industry consultants like Chris Evans, Elias Knaser, Paul Miller, and Nigel Poulton; this group included a CTO, Devang Panchigar, an end user IT Infrastructure Manager, Rick Vanover; a SAP technical support consultant, Bas Raayman; a Unix Systems Administrator, Phil Jaenke; a reseller VP, Greg knieriemen; and a web hosting VMware Engineer, Simon Long;
There were a lot of interesting discussions. It was great to meet some of the people behind the blogs. Greg along with Devang, and Nigel recorded a pod cast with me The organizer had a live feed of the tweets that were being generated during the sessions, so feedback was immediate.
Two things stood out for me. First was the industry reach that these few people have through their blogs and tweets. At the first level they probable reach tens of thousands of other readers, and many of these readers are bloggers who in turn tweet and blog around the topics that are posted, like ripples in a pool.
The second thing was the need to be more proactive in informing the industry about our products and business directions. Even for this group of experts who are plugged into the storage industry, there were misconceptions, particularly around our software, which were due to lack of information.
The feedback and suggestions we received from this Blogger day was fantastic. I would like to thank the blogger quests, Peter Gerr and Michael Hay for hosting this event and Carli Gelfi who wasthe primary organizer of this event. I look forward to repeating this again and again.