IT Cant Compete With Hollywood
IT was completely upstaged at CES, but that's entertainment.The CES show just ended in Las Vegas. Energized by new personal entertainment products, the show can be one massive headache to those trying to avoid succumbing to gadget culture. I neglected to go this year. However, it was the second-most-talked-about computer industry conference of the past 12 months. (The most-talked-about show was Comdex, and the consensus was not favorable.) Wait a minute. CES isnt a computer conference; its supposed to be about consumer electronics. You wouldnt think that if you had seen the list of keynote presenters, which included Craig Barrett, Michael Dell and Bill Gates. At least Sony President and COO Kunitake Ando was there to set things straight and remind everyone that CES is more about entertainment than IT.
The truth is that the battle for convergence is over, and entertainment has won. CES is a growing show while Comdex has flagged. The most influential "visionaries," such as Barrett, Dell and Gates, are gathering there as if CES is a show of equal importance to Comdex. While Comdex has a scattered focus that includes some entertainment devices, CES has remained focused.