Friday, May 11, 2007

WebSphere Stuff

I was in Munich this week for some technical training on new IBM WebSphere products.

My main focus this week was on learning more about WebSphere Service Registry and Repository and WebSphere Business Services Fabric.

Many people may wonder why, in this connected age, we need to fly halfway across Europe to sit in the same room as each other to learn this stuff: why can't we do it remotely?

The reason is that a large amount of the value (and learning) comes from the spontaneous discussions over coffee, the chats over drinks and the atmosphere created in the classroom when one student's questions trigger somebody else's.   I've not yet seen this work as well when done remotely.

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