Martin-droidAs last year, Smart421 are one of the sponsors for the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit in London. We’re only halfway through, but as we’ve already held the networking reception at the end of day one, I’ve got a photo to share :). Our theme for the evening was robot racing which went down a storm, and things got a bit exciting and hence there was a robot limb casualty – as modeled by Martin.

I’ve had some great conversations with attendees and it’s reassuring to see that many of our customers have some architecture presence at the event. I’ve also benefited from a Gartner analyst 1-on-1 with David Cearley where we had a interesting debate about the future professional services landscape related to the design, implementation and support of cloud services (focused on IaaS/PaaS).

The key themes of the event echo and extend those raised at the Gartner Enterprise Architecture Summit of a few weeks ago – i.e. mobile, cloud, big data. I’m looking forward to hearing more tomorrow…