You asked for feedback on the broadcasted Tech Talk. Here is my feedback:
I appreciated Joel’s open and honest approach especially on issues such as a Linux/Windows/.NET/Java and many others.
I can also understand why Joel didn’t elaborate on other issues such as “MLS via the net” or LUWS for outside North America but a little more explanation of “why not now” is always helpful. If language was only issue then all English speaking countries could be enabled but since there might be legal issues regarding privacy laws stopping immediate rollout then I believe people can understand and appreciate “why not now”.
The Tech Talk has now set the tone for what will happen in the nearest future and where the focus will be (HT/VT Reporting) in relation to us in the “community”. That was good to hear so we don’t think too much outside the planned scope.
I enjoyed getting a brief insight into what else the church is looking at and what will or may come in the future. E-Learning has interesting potential and more would be welcome.
I also enjoyed the Q&A session to get a feel for what others might have of questions and feel is important to ask about.
The bright moment of the Tech Talk was Joel’s reaction to the rumour the church was buying Facebook because like him I must admit I too laughed when I read it.
Future Tech Talks could include:
- Overall introduction by Joel
- Community Projects Presentation by Tom (update and future)
- Internal Team/Project Presentation
On point 3 I could envisage presentations from the various teams under Joel about the technology projects they are involved with from church video broadcasts to lds.org, to familysearch.org and various IT systems as well as future ideas and technologies being explored. If explained in the right way I trust we can all, as professional IT people, appreciate that any future ideas might not come forth but from a technology point of view it would be interesting to hear about them as well as the experience gained. I personally like the “LifeBrowser” done in Adobe Flex so could be interesting to hear more from those involved and what pro’s and con’s found with the technology.
And last, for future Tech Talk events it would be nice to see the downloadable version on the following working day of the event so people in other time-zones can watch it nearer to the real event. It makes it much easier to participate in the immediate discussions in the tech forum.