Please note that topics and discussions points outlined below is a laundry list of what we as a community/group could brainstorm on. The discussion that starts with this meetup will carry-on for at least two more meetups in coming months. You may want to RSVP for all three meetups. Following description will continue to be refined further before actual meetup date.
I believe that as a group, we have reached a maturity level and member diversity where we can undertake a serious discussion and take a holistic view of various aspects of web infrastructure and web technologies from bottom-up and top-down. At these focused sessions, we will discuss on...
Beyond nuts and bolts of Web Development: Industry Trends and Priorities of IT organizations:
• What is this talk about Digital Transformations everywhere? How can professionals in this group benefit from it?
• What is all these talk about Hadoop and Big Data? How many 'O' are in Hadoop? Are there opportunities for Web Technologists to play a role in this ecosystem?
• DevOps, Dockers, and containerization - what does it mean to you as a web technologists?
• Is Digital Marketing == Web Design/Development + Social + Content + SEO + SEM? Or is there more to it?
• Your viewpoint: What are some of the current practices in Web Design and Development? What opportunities might exist for the industry to do things in a better way. What is working and what is not working with current practices.
Deep-dive into Web Technologies discussion
• Why do architects and web developers think that CMS is the holy grail of it all for web development?
• How many CMS platforms are out there? And what is the best CMS to use? Why?
• How is that blogging platforms of yester years have become so popular as psuedo-CMS that they are powering nearly 3/4th of the internet in 2015?
• What are some of the drawbacks of today's practices?
• What would an ideal solution look like? Can we conquer the world if built that ideal solution? How big the market would be?
• How are we preparing our workforce of tomorrow? What are we teaching them? Are we teaching/training them the right thing?
And together we will find many many more questions and answers. It won't be a singular view of the world as you would normally see in conferences or corporate presentations, but rather a collection of experiences and wisdom of many. My hope is that these multi-session meetups will help us learn some of the best practices, help identify some new opportunities, allow us to build stronger partnerships and hopefully create some new startups.
I am speculating that these sessions will be divided in one or more segments outlined below.
• For small business-centric website development
• SaaS / startup-centric view - B2C and B2B
• Mid to large size enterprise web application development projects
• Local government to federal government
These sessions won't be limited to PowerPoints, or demos. There may be discussion/expert panels, and very likely require us all to participate in a constructive dialog. We could possibly record these sessions and share them with the world!
Interested in participating? Please RSVP 'Yes' now.