Travelblog SF48 – 1

So one of the crazier things in my life so far… San Francisco and back in a little more than 48 hours.

I have been invited to take part in a customer panel at the global Google Enterprise sales conference. It was too good an opportunity to turn down, but family and other work commitments necessitate the quick turnaround.

I checked in for my flight yesterday in Sainsbury's whilst queuing at the checkout. That one sentence sums up quite what a connected world it is we live in these days. I note that the man responsible for helping BA move into the internet world, CIO Paul Coby, announced that he would be stepping down as a result of the BA/Iberia merger in the coming months.

I don't know Paul, but I saw him speak at an event last year and he appears to be one of the few big company CIOs who really gets what's happening in the broader world that means that IT is no longer a business systems island. But no real surprise given his industry where (if I remember his presentation correctly) over 60% of BA's flights are now booked direct online.

Of course all of this digital stuff can still be loused up by the physical world. Checked in at Sainsbury's, have an electronic boarding pass sitting on my mobile phone… But have spent the past 45 minutes queuing in traffic on Kew Bridge on my way to the airport…

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