2.047: the gestalt are coming, the gestalt are coming!
As Bas Raayman discussed last week, the Gestalt IT Tech Field Day is coming to Boston this week. Yours truly is honored to be one of the presenters to meet with this group on Thursday afternoon. EMC's very own Virtual Geek will also be presenting, and hats off to Stuart Miniman for the behind-the-scenes work he's put into making this event happen.
In preparation for the discussions we will be having, I happened across a bunch of web sites that focus on this notion of gestalt. One site I found gave a particularly insightful description of the term, albeit from an artistic perspective:
- Gestalt- Theory that makes unity and variety possible.
- Gestalt means "form" or "whole" in German.
- Gestalt deals with visual perception and the relationship between the parts and the whole composition.
Indeed, I believe that these describe not only the objective of the Gestalt IT collective of bloggers, but also that of the vendor hosts. While I can't speak for the other vendors, I am personally looking forward to insightful discussions and feedback on the variety of topics planned for the EMC segment on Thursday afternoon. We will be exploring topics that may well change perceptions and perhaps even enable the composition of new use cases – hopefully we can do a little out-of-the-box collaboration while we're together.
Oh, and I'm sure we'll also have some fun at the Thursday evening event – especially for the baseball fans in the group!
Out of respect for the Gestalt IT bloggers, I won't disclose those topics prior to the meeting. But these discussions are specifically being held without the safety net of an NDA (hence the photo selection), so I'm sure you'll be hearing from the attendees both during and after the event. To be fair, you shouldn't expect any new product announcements or selling of futures (thanks, Enron), but rest assured that the discussions will be interesting, topical and evocative nonetheless.
Safe travels, everyone – we're really looking forward to this!