Got a note from Paul Miller at EE Times Group. And you can just hear his frustration.
As I mentioned earlier this week, EE Times is moving their website to an ambitious new format that is designed to open up the conversation in the industry as never before. They also posted a detailed article this week about the planned changes.
However, as the old adage goes, "man plans and God laughs." The launch of the new site will be delayed until July 1. An issue with the production server affected the overall performance of the site and they are working to resolve it now. A good analogy is the Twitter failure message that crops up all to often that indicates their servers are overburdened. You might be able to get away with it on Twitter but on a news site, that could be really nasty.
Having personally been involved in the redesign of a complex site with a 2 month deadline, I can completely sympathize with what they are going through, but I can't say I am surprised. In fact, We discussed the variability of social media at our lunch last week. Of all mediums, social media is always in flux. You just have to determine whether the variabilities are acceptable. In this case, they were not.
Paul and his crew are working on a vision that could provide a significant change in how B2B media is done. I'm looking forward to what will show up on July 1.