Get fresh perspectives and mingle with peers at HP DISCOVER

Jake J.jpgdana carvey.jpgHP’s largest customer event , HP DISCOVER, will be in sensational Las Vegas,  and I’m going to be there!  There will be more than 800 exhibits, displays, demos, sessions and hands-on labs, and those are always educational, thought-provoking and packed with useful, relevant information.  And there will be celebrities at DISCOVER--comedians Dana Carvey and Jake Johannsen and the world’s most successful songwriter ever, music legend Paul McCartney.  This kind of entertainment is not to be missed!     


148x110_BeThere_vegas.jpgBut while the sessions promise to be jam-packed with relevant education and the entertainers will be fantastic, they aren’t the main reason I’m charged up and raring to go to DISCOVER.   What excites me the most about these types of conferences are the fresh perspectives, new insights and diverse people I meet. 

A few years ago I had the opportunity to attend a technology conference mostly attended by CIOs and senior IT leaders.  The people I met, the lessons I learned, the insights I gained stayed with me for months.  I came back to the office charged up and full of ideas on how to do my job better, on how to better relate to customers and with strengthened respect for the IT leaders who have I believe the hardest job on the planet. While I remember the keynote speakers (all excellent) and the wealth of learning I absorbed, it’s the little jewels that aren’t advertised in a conference brochure that really stayed with me.  For example, a side conversation in the hallway with a government CIO and how she handled re-architecting her IT department gave me a view into the daily life of a CIO that I otherwise would never get.  And a breakout session where a group of CIOs worked as a team to solve an IT problem was one of my best learning experiences ever. 




Seeing people outside of the office is invaluable.  For at least two years, I was able to apply what I learned at that conference to my job—definitely the time and effort was well worth it.   While it’s tough to get away for a few days, stepping away from the day-to-day sometimes can force you into thinking differently.  And the 10,000 IT professionals at DISCOVER are up against some of the very same challenges you face.  As you know, IT folks are smart, very smart.  Perhaps one of them will have an idea that will make things easier when you return to the office.  The opportunity to spend time with your peers is probably the greatest benefit of this event.

 So get out of your usual routine, gain fresh new outlooks, and expect the unexpected at HP DISCOVER. The multiday event– which combines HP Technology Forum and HP Software Universe Americas into a single event – takes place the week of June 6, 2011.  I hope to see you there!



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Judy Redman has been writing about all areas of technology for more than 20 years.

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