I had the excellent opportunity to listen to Dennis Kennedy speak at the Computer Consultants of St Louis meeting last night, and walked away with more knowledge and a great phrase - "A blog is a lightweight content management tool."
I've been looking for the right adjective - it never seemed right to call blogs just a content management tool, and Dennis nailed. More important, I had the pleasure of listening to his description of the blogosphere and how it's grown and evolved over time. His blog is definitely worth the read, and he's also a consultant on technical matters as it applies to the legal profession.
Other people who were at the meeting and had something interesting to say:
Don West of X/O Communications, who talked about a new product called Ethernet over Copper.This is a service for business where 10Mb speeds for your internet connection can be run over your phone line for far less than fiber optic. Imagine 10Mb of a dedicated line for $1200 a month. Over your phone line. E-mail me if you're interested and I'll forward you his e-mail address.
Do you need your iPod repaired in St Louis? Are better yet for search engine purposes, St Louis iPod repair. Marcel Brown of a company bearing his name has started to repair iPods, which is cheaper than buying a new one when the warranty wears out. We've just seen this in the WSJ, and expect his business to take off.
Brian Mehl is the president of the Computer Consultants of St Louis, and the owner of the Brain Mill, Inc., which works with small and medium-sized business with technical support.
There was also Gary Hollingsworth, a Client Representative for Interchange Technologies, a Novell shop in St Louis who are excited about Joomla, an open source content management tool that clients are finding useful.
The last here (which really was just the people I grabbed cards from - there were many more), was Matt Berkley, a staff write for the St Louis Small Business Monthly. The St. Louis Small Business Expo 7 is Tuesday, March 20th, in St Charles and there is still room for sponsors and exhibitors.
I liked this group - it was a good networking group with some very smart technical people. If you are a computer consultant, or a business seeking one, I'd suggest contacting this group or checking out their website
A well-spent evening, it was.