Just got back from London yesterday after the UK Excel Conference.
A successful couple of days I think, we had a large audience, few no-shows, and a general good time.
As this was organised mainly to avoid disappointing the many wait-listed people from the previous, April, conference, the agenda was largely the same as before. We had one new session on ‘Excel as a BI Tool’, which I think that many delegates found enlightening; to see Excel being used as an Enterprise reporting tool, querying huge amounts of data very quickly was an eye-opener.
It was good to see the presenters again, and we had a good first evening prior to the conference – at least until Roger persuaded me to have a pint of Timothy Taylor’s which was not nice, especially after the Pride!
As would be expected with an audience of circa 100 people, we had a mixed bunch. There were some company men/women, some consultants; bankers, auditors, and tax inspectors; a guy who works for Apple; we even had a pig consultant – who would have thought that a pig consultant is a big Excel user.
Another good dinner at Zsi-Zsi’s with some of the delegates; a decent Chardonnay at Ha-Ha’s’ on the last evening; a good meal at a most unexpected looking Indian restaurant in Victoria that Simon, Andy and I went to; and good hosting from Microsoft.
To cap it all, I missed the last train home because I was too busy talking with Simon, I got on the wrong tube line.