With the exception of the keynote address, everything presented at Apple’s WWDC is considered Apple confidential information (and all attendees have an NDA in place for this as part of their ADC agreement), so unfortunately I can’t write about any of the information from the Mac IT sessions here in San Francisco. But I can’t help but be impressed by the huge crowds and high level of interest in the IT track here, and I don’t think I’ll be upsetting anyone at the mothership by reporting that yesterday’s IT State of the Union session was one of most popular, with standing room only. The Directory Services session today was also packed, and it’s clear there are a LOT of people here at this “developer” conference who are looking to learn more about what Apple’s doing in the IT realm.
In yesterday’s keynote, Steve made his (admittedly funny) jab at Microsoft about there being many different versions of Leopard, but all costing $129, and ending the joke with the clarification that, of course, there will only be one version of Leopard. His point is a good one, but I know I wasn’t the only person in the room who heard that and instantly thought, “But what about Leopard server?” Clearly Jobs was talking about the client version of Leopard, but it made me wonder if IT folks are really being served well by being lumped in with Mac developers at this conference (as did the huge lines to get into the various IT sessions). I know that developers and sys admins like to rub shoulders and see what each other is up to, that in some cases they have to work extremely closely together, and in smaller shops the same person may even be responsible for both, but as Apple continues to improve and grow their IT offerings is it perhaps time to consider a separate event just for the IT folks?
Of course, the exact same argument could be made about MacDevCenter. We’ve been expanding our own IT coverage lately, and intend to do even more IT-related articles when Leopard Server hits the streets. Let us know in the comments if you think there’s enough interest in Apple IT to support a separate annual technical conference, and if you want to see more (or less) coverage of IT issues here on MacDevCenter in the future.