Nearly two million square feet of exhibit space. More than 150,000 attendees. CES 2013 was a huge event by any measure. If your business uses electronics of any sort, the odds are good that there was something worth seeing in Las Vegas last week. Enterprise Efficiency was there, and we were curious about whether the E2 community would be there in person -- or whether they cared at all.
What we discovered was that the E2 community does care about CES, and that you trust E2 to bring you the news on enterprise-class products that were there. Fifty percent of the people who responded to our poll said that the proliferation of consumer products in the enterprise work space makes CES more important to them, and that they trusted E2 to bring them the critical information they needed from the show. Roughly another fifth of the people responding said that their company was sending at least one employee to the show. Taken together, that's more than two-thirds of the E2 audience that was planning to do something active to follow the news from CES.
As a matter of fact, only about ten percent of our survey response indicated that people were thinking of CES as a show that's just about toys and TVs -- about things that stay safely at home and never come to the office.
What we saw at CES, and the E2 community recognizes, is that the line between consumer technology and enterprise technology is fading fast. Today, the question isn't whether a given product is consumer or business tech, but whether it will do a given job. It's a radical change -- but one that's bringing more productivity and creativity into the enterprise.
Does the proliferation of consumer products in the enterprise make CES more important to you?
Yes, some of our staff is going.
Yes, but we're just watching E2's coverage.
No, we're still an enterprise, and all they do is talk video games.
No, we've always thought it was important.
If you did follow E2's coverage of CES, what products most impressed you? If your company sent someone, what did he or she see that we didn't? And what's the consumer technology that you most want to see brought into the enterprise? Let us know -- and stay tuned for more E2 polls!
Curtis ia a good idea, hope it will work as it say on paper... other solution
older usb drives less than 1gb I take with me in when I travel to third world countries and donate them to schools/churches, as kids, priest may use them...
good few years ago once in Russia me and my friend got stock on the road... with flat tire, Russian police officer help us to change tire... We give him few rubbles for his kids and few old 16MB to 256MB usb drives... he was more happy with the usb drives as he at first refuse to take money... - I feel his act as good samaritan should be rewarded...
@Broadway, I have to admit that, after more than 25 years of going to trade shows, I've become much more selective aboutnwhat I'm willing to carry home! There are several things I saw and was interested in testing, but I'm waiting for them to arrive via mail after the show!
@Sara, I think many of the old lines that divided enterprise IT from consumer gear have been erased. Now, it's a question of how technology can be used, regardless of how it's marketed and sold. It makes things more complicated for enterprise IT -- but with much more possibility for creativity!
@batye, I once s a device that let you turn a bunch of 64-gig thumb drives into an inexpensive RAID array. I might just have to dig up the reference to see whether I can use that trick for putting together storage for a Raspberry Pi system...
@Curtis and @batye, I am sad to hear that you got nothing good on the CES showroom floor. I've been to a bunch of insurance tradeshows in my day, and your catch sounds not nearly as good as some of the stuff I got at those!
I'm glad to hear that the E2 community is paying some amount of attention to CES, simply because it shows that the community recognizes that consumer devices are playing a role in the business -- whether it's a large role or a small role, a positive role or a negative role, will depend upon one's business and one's opinion.
Curtis this day Co. do scale back on give aways... T-shirts and USB drives is basicaly free ad. for them... I still recall good old days when APC use to give away Columbia Jackets but this day long gone...
ps: I did see usb device hub where you could plug in all your promotional usb drives
and it will read them as one creating single storage space combining all the storage power... but with really slow speed...
@batye, there were all sorts of interesting give-aways this year, but I'm afraid that I don't take most of the really good stuff. I just came home with about half a terabyte worth of USB thumb drives containing press kits, and a couple of t-shirts.
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