What Is New For 2016?
1. The InteropNet Demo Lab. For 30 years the InteropNet has been the manifestation of our interoperability goal. By bringing together competitors and friendlies, infrastructure and services, and pushing technology to the future, we have provided connectivity to the entire Interop community every week of our Las Vegas events.
In 2016, InteropNet will shift its focus to the applications and technologies that run on top of the network. The InteropNet Demo Lab will be front and center on the expo floor, demonstrating IoT capabilities and innovative applications running on top of core infrastructure. The Demo Lab will be an environment where engaged IT decision-makers can see the industry come to life and demo new systems, services and applications in real time. Think future city, IKEA show room and technology petting zoo rolled up into one.
2. One and Two-Day Summits. IT professionals can no longer work in isolation in NOCs, data centers, and server rooms. They are instrumental in developing and implementing the strategies and solutions behind today's successful businesses, making new things possible through the power of technology. Interop's conference program will provide a balance of technical skills training and strategic thinking that will help attendees shepherd their companies to the next generation of industry – one that relies on robust network and IT architecture at its core. In workshops and conference sessions, attendees will get practical training and tips to help them excel at everyday IT operations. They'll also learn from instructors who have transformed their organizations with technology, and find out how to apply those lessons in their own IT designs.
Through our new Interop Summits, attendees will get insight into developing technologies, learn about their potential, and discuss how to implement them to drive their own organizations forward. The 2016 Summit program includes The Future of Networking Summit, Container Summit, Dark Reading’s Cyber Security Summit, DevOps Summit, Software-Defined Architecture Summit and the IT Leadership Summit. The Summits take place on Monday and Tuesday, May 2 & 3, kick-starting a week of continuous professional development. We will also continue to host the co-located InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference in the Las Vegas Four Seasons, also taking place on Monday and Tuesday.
3. Experiential Exhibit Floor. (Say that 3 times quickly!) The Interop exhibit floor is where it all comes together. Not only with InteropNet Demo Lab mentioned above, but with Technology Zones, the InformationWeek News Desk, Startup City, Best of Interop announcements, and hands-on demonstrations in the Interop Theater.
Our new Technology Zones are focused exhibit areas organized by crucial technologies and solutions that top the list for technology buyers: Security, Cloud, and Storage. Each zone will feature free content, where expo attendees can take advantage of education provided by our vendor community.
Interop is a mix of the practical and visionary. Along with emphasizing the importance of innovation in the conference sessions, we will highlight our “Startup City” participants on the expo floor, in show floor theater sessions and “Startup Hot Seat” programs. Interop is a level playing field, where both new and established vendors can experience the limelight.
From the INC 1000 to the Fortune 100, more people are involved in technology decisions than ever before … we want to make Interop the place for entire tech buying team – where they can visit the expo floor as a team to explore solutions, and attend educational sessions that fit their particular needs.
Come join us for the excitement in Las Vegas!
JJ - GM, Interop - @jjessup44