“You seem to pop up everywhere” said Morgan Sheehy of Nuix when I bumped into him at CEIC 2010 in Las Vegas, a few days after I had seen him in London. Indeed so, for that is the job, or so it seems just now. The interval between that trip and the next is just long enough to write it all up and to field a near-continuous flow of requests for slides, confirmations of one kind or another, and all the bureaucracy which lies behind the relatively simple task of getting on a plane and attending a conference. I am in danger of losing count, but I think I have ten conferences between now and the end of November, half of them abroad, plus webinars. Each organiser inevitably thinks that their conference must be top of my list as it is of theirs.
If CEIC 2010 generated more of my column inches than most conferences, I was not the only one to have got value out of it. Craig Ball’s article CEIC a smash was bold enough to list most of the ediscovery people present (I consciously avoid doing this for fear of omitting someone). I met for the first time Josh Gilliland of D4 who, like me, lugs around a large camera to illustrate conference blog postings. Katey Wood of The 451 group wrote two articles here and here mainly focusing (as I did not) on the forensic backbone to CEIC and on those who supply software and services for forensics. The 451 Group is another commentator which seems increasingly to turn up everywhere – I came across Nick Patience at the InfoRiskAwareness launch in London a few days earlier. Their role is industry analysis where mine is education and commentary; neither can be accomplished by sitting in one’s office.
Some journeys inspire more trepidation than others. Last week was just Las Vegas and back, and next week involves a return trip to Sydney; neither are particularly daunting. Tomorrow, however, I must entrust myself to the incompetent shambles known as Network Rail and whichever greedy, useless train operator holds the franchise between here and Liverpool. Wish me luck.