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me and Barack

Back in Denver to meet with our ace IT guys. I was feeling very smug having found a really cheap flight...then had the smile wiped from my face when forced to pay $200/night for a Super 8. Apparently a nice young man called Mr Obama was also in town with a few friends and hotel rooms were at a premium. The only super thing about the Super 8 was its location about 300 yards from our office. Oh, and free internet (the Americans are way ahead of the rest of the world in providing this essential amenity at no cost).

It is always a pleasure to spend time with the Nexus Developers. Having described what I believe customers are looking for from our system there's usually about 60 seconds of 'you must be crazy' looks and raised eyebrows. This is followed by another 60 seconds of cautious 'well, maybe if we tried it this way...', then a full 30 minutes of heated debate and furious scribbling on the whiteboard - most of which goes way over my head. Then - Voila! - problem solved. After 20 years in this industry I still struggle with how techies can estimate that one project will take 3 weeks while another apparently similar task is despatched over the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee. It's all about power I reckon. Either way, it all adds up to more great things in the pipeline for Nexus clients.

Barack will have to wait a little longer to find out if his Denver meeting has been as successful as mine...

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