Hooked on a feeling

Dr. Bob Banerjee, over at Bosch, just put up a post about his experiences at the ONVIF plugfest at ASIS, which struck me as very closely mirroring my own impressions at the PSIA plugfest. Have a look: Dr. Bob: Arch competitors were shaking hands and discussing experiences as if they finally had a common goal that was bigger than the individual companies and their personalities. Me: Truly, there was the feel that someone had just landed people on the moon or something. People were lining up for awkward photographs. Engineers with iffy social skills were drinking wine and wearing ill-fitting ties. People were clapping each other on the back. Dr. Bob: The epiphany though, was realizing that ONVIF is not only real, nor that it is achieving milestones in record time, but that it is utterly unstoppable. Me: IBM’s Frank Yeh, the sort of guy who puts his Second Life persona on his business card, was pronouncing: “We’re witnessing history in the making here.” Basically, people are eager to compare and contrast the two organizations, and I've been guilty of it from time to time, certainly, but as more than one person has said, it's probably good that there's a little competition involved. It makes things move faster, people work harder, and there's a bit of sex appeal there to make people pay attention. Still, the reason both of these organizations are making progress is mostly because it feels right and it feels good. Engineering and code writing for profit is a profession, certainly, and a lucrative one for some, but engineering and code writing for the perceived common good is intellectually and personally fulfilling in a different way and it's great to see that being so obviously expressed in both of these organizations.