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Akamai Edge 2012

Here in Las Vegas, Akamai Edge 2012 is off to a great start. Customers have arrived from dozens of countries across the globe. The Aria is buzzing and we're so glad everyone has finally made it.  It is so great to have employees, customers, and partners of Akamai all in the same place ready to share their knowledge- networking is in full swing! 
In the last two days, we've heard from dozens of global customers and the stories are fantastic. We're hearing about all the ways they're accelerating innovation and transforming Web Experiences in today's Hyperconnected World. Akamai customers really know how to embrace the digital world and move business faster forward!
 
Macy's, GREE, and The Hartford taught us more about building for scale and staying organized to enhance the online experience. That will be helpful as the holidays get closer and closer. We also heard from IBM about performance tuning and Airbnb about content-driven mobile experiences--it's unbelievable what a smartphone can do these days.  
 
Last night's Welcome Reception was a great success! From the music to performers and ice sculptures serving the Leighton Elixer - quite the global experience!  
 
Day 2 was just as packed as Day One, just as filled with knowledge about the modern digital world. HP kicked off the Main Stage with information about staying innovative and taking business to the public, private and hybrid clouds. Red Hat will discuss their innovation story, FOX News discusses how they plan to deliver on the "TV, Everywhere promise". Though it's so commonplace now, without the companies here at Edge consumers wouldn't be able to watch video on their tablet, cell phone and computer all at the same time. That is just one example of the innovation that is continuously moving society faster forward. 
 
We were lucky to have Tiffany Shlain with us this morning, filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards. She came to Edge to share her perspective on harnessing the power of today's hyperconnected world. It was amazing to hear her discuss all of the possibilities that technology has made available and how such possibilities are now considered foundations of successful modern business. Check out the trailer at http://letitripple.org/engage/. The trailer is so relatable and will even give you the chills-- definitely worth a movie night! 
 
Guitar Center, IBM, Trulia, Urban Airship, Grainger, Macys, Brightcove, Build.com, NRK, and the list goes on. So much great information and conversation came out of these panels. It felt great to take a deep breath and wind down the afternoon with a slower paced fireside chat, Nigel Miller of News International and Akamai's Andy Ellis had a lot of insight. 

Tonight we have the Customer Appreciation Party. Can't wait to celebrate, Vegas Style! Good thing smartphones now double as alarm clocks, everyone here in Vegas will definitely use them tomorrow to wake up for the last day of Akamai Edge. See you then!

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