>> Hi Folks..
>> Just returned from Comdex Canada/97 and needless to say I didn't see
>> an OS/2 product anywhere. I didn't even see IBM, Lotus or Apple, and
>> they wonder why Microsloth is killing them in the home market and NT
>> is doing so well?
>> It would have been nice to have them showing off Warp Server SMP and
>> ICS or the GoServer or even Domino flying along on a nice milti-CPU
>> machine and have a pile of their Network Computers around for people
>> to try out. Even demos of Java apps running in this scenario and on
>> stand-alone Warp machines would have drawn huge crowds since most of
>> the hype around languages is now Java based.
>> Anyone have any suggestion on who I could contact via snail mail to
>> express my disappointment?
Having been on the Team OS/2 SWAT team at Comdex Canada since they
started having Team OS/2 SWAT Teams at Comdex Canada, I think I can offer
Compared to other Comdex shows, Comdex Canada is a sham for companies like
IBM. Comdex Canada lets anyone who wants to see the show come and see it,
and the organizers also let every minor shareware and comsumer software
development or sales company have a booth.
And at the incredible prices that Comdex Canada charges for booth space (IBM has
paid well over $1M just for the floor-space at previous Comdex's here in Toronto), IBM
just doesn't get the bang for their buck. If IBM is going to spend this kind of money for
a show, it will want to be certain that it is demonstrating to their target audiences:
remember the B in IBM still stands for business.
And Comdex Canada doesn't allow for this. Previous Comdex's in Canada
have been more like indoor markets than a corporate computer trade show.
The organizers have let in people who are * (even though the passes
have a minimum age requirement), people who have nothing to do with the
industry, and have turned their heads while companies have broken the rules
as to selling product at Comdex - large companies like IBM, Novell or Microsoft
aren't allowed to directly sell products at Comdex, but every little shareware
vendor makes a killing at the show.
Thus, Comdex Canada is nothing but a joke, and I don't blame IBM for not
being there. In fact, for the very first time since it's inception here in Toronto,
I wasn't there either, for much the same reasons that IBM wasn't (or at least
the reasons I suspect they weren't there for). A show like Comdex Canada
can run into the millions for IBM to attend - for the booth space, the booth
itself, the equipment, the personel to man the booth, and the moving/setup
equipment to get the booth setup and transported.
To spend this kind of money on people who come to see the latest in home
computing entertainment - the latest games, the latest low-end MS OS, etc.,
is a waste for a company like IBM.
I, for one, applaud IBM for standing up to the people who run Comdex Canada.
Maybe if more companies followed suit the organizers would clean up their act,
and focus back on the show's original target audience.
Besides which, IBM now has several million dollars they didn't spend which
can now be used to promote OS/2 in more productive ways...:)
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