This is the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the place that hosts this week the IMPACT 2008, a very big customer conference of IBM Websphere (more than 6000 persons).
The hotel is huge, the logistics is very good, and the program is very diversified. James Taylor described the two first days in his Blog . One of the main themes in this conference was the issue of business event processing, IBM's product Websphere Business Events, was announced last week. Today I have given a talk on the concept of "business event processing" together with my colleague Steve Lyons (a former Aptsoft guy), thus I have done my share. This was well covered by the press. The main message behind it is enabling the business user to control the behavior (e.g. define patterns) of EP applications, this concept won a lot of interest from the IBM clients that were present.
On another matter - congratulation to Mark Palmer for his new position in Streambase, Mark is definitly one of the notable figrue in the EP area.