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Interop 2020

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Explore Highlights from 2019

Be inspired by industry thought leaders. On our 2019 event mainstage we heard from Intel, NCAA, Accenture Technology Vision, and more!

Photos from our 2019 event, including our attendee party, 5K run, morning yoga, sessions, and more!

Takeaways and reflections: expert advice, predictions, trends, and more from InformationWeek editors.

Looking for an Interop19 Presentation?

To access Interop19 presentations:

  1. Visit https://schedule.interop.com
  2. Find the session, workshop or summit name
  3. Click on the session name and scroll to the bottom of the page
  4. Click on the preso file name with the red lock

You will then be required to enter a password which was provided in your daily onsite and session evalution emails. Appropriate pass types are required to access the presentations. Need help? We're here for you, contact us.

Stay Connected Year Round

State of IT Report

The role of IT continues to change as new technologies and business models emerge. In addition to keeping systems up and running, IT must facilitate digital transformation and enable modern forms of competitive advantage.

The State of IT Report explores:

  • The deficits in IT spending and the effects an organization’s ability to meet its goals
  • The balance of containing IT costs while achieving business success
  • The challenges that prevent IT from innovating
  • How IT innovation is tied – or not tied – to financial incentives
  • IT purchasing plans do not necessarily include the most-hyped technology trends (IoT, AI, DevOps, containers, software-defined infrastructure)

State of Emerging Technology Report

Many of today's organizations would like to implement the latest technology such as AI, but they face barriers such as lack of funding, management buy-in, and provable return on investment.

The State of Emerging Technology report explores:

  • The appeal of emerging technologies tends to be tied to an organization's particular industry, for instance, 3D printing is of great interest in the medical industry, but not so much in other industries.
  • Practical interest in AI is strong in two areas that are key to corporate performance: increasing operational efficiency and improving the quality of customer interaction.
  • The top barriers to adopting emerging technologies are lack of funds, skills shortage, a desire to see proven success, and management's resistance to change.

Our Research Reports provide detailed insight into the core technologies and IT issues most important to Interop attendees. We surveyed our audience and the readers of InformationWeek, Network Computing, and Dark Reading, then produced comprehensive reports examining the challenges IT leaders are facing and the strategies they are implementing to achieve success.

Why Attend Interop 2019: The Unbiased IT Conference

Independent & Objective IT Education

Tired of vendor events pushing their own agenda?  Come to Interop, the ONLY IT Conference where you’ll get a complete objective view of what's happening across all IT disciplines – not a weeklong commercial.

Built from scratch each year with the help of an independent review board, Interop is where you can come to discover NEW strategies, products and services, and hear from peers experiencing the same challenges and issues you are. The lessons learned at Interop are REAL and can be applied immediately.

For more than 30 years, Interop has provided an independent space where IT pros can meet and learn from each other about what’s really going on in the industry.

Conference Topics

We aim to nurture every aspect of your career by offering content across all key technologies, plus areas that help you develop the skills necessary for managing a successful IT organization.

Peer Learning From Practitioners At Top Organizations

Interop is more than a conference; at its heart, it is a like-minded community of IT practitioners and advocates who are passionate about helping their peers and fostering the next generation of technologists. Our independent track chairs select speakers who wrestle with the same challenges you do and are ready to share what they’ve learned from their own hands-on experience. We’ve recently added speakers from Google, MLB, Visa, Cisco, Indeed.com, Juniper Networks, Delta Dental, and Ford Motor Company.

2019 Keynotes

Judd Williams

NCAA

Beth Niblock

City of Detroit

Kathy Kountze

Eversource Energy

Renée Lahti

Hitachi Vantara

Dive Deeper into Topics of Interest

Interop Summits are one- or two-day programs designed to provide an immersive learning experience in a particular subject area or trend, taking you through a progression of lessons with multiple speakers and subtopics. Our half- and full-day workshop sessions provide in-depth instruction on a particular skill or technology. Here are a few of our most popular ones:

Networking Summit

Discover how to transform your network operations through automation and innovations like NetDevOps, zero-touch provisioning and data modeling languages.

Cybersecurity Crash Course

Get up to speed on today's security challenges and the attack landscape. Learn what it takes to protect critical data and how to respond when you’re hacked.

DevOps Foundation Certification

Take advantage of this two-day program, presented by the DevOps Institute, which allows attendees to earn a DevOps Foundation Certification at no additional cost.

Find Your Next IT Product or Service

Don't forget to schedule in time to connect with our Sponsors and Exhibitors while you’re at Interop. See demos and research new IT products and services, including those from our Sponsors:

New For 2019

Network Orchestration Hands-On Showcase

Network Orchestration… Beyond “conf t"
This demo, led by members of Interop’s volunteer engineering team, will provide practical demonstrations, cookbooks and recipes for some of the issues surrounding Network Orchestration and will utilize concepts being discussed in the Conference tracks in the areas of DevOps and Infrastructure. Be sure to check out Interop’s Network Orchestration Hands-on Showcase during the TechFair and scheduled networking times.

Artificial Intelligence: Past, Present, and Future

In this half-day workshop presented by IEEE Computer Society and Technical Committee on Sematic Computing (TCSEM), you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of AI, including deep levels of machine learning, block-chain and big data analytics, and the latest advances in enterprise and industrial systems.

Case Studies

Hear from peers experiencing the same challenges you are, making your takeaways practical and actionable.

St. Jude Uses Cloud Data Sharing Portals to Advance Cancer Research
Edward Suh (Managing Director, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)

Tackling Burnout in the IT Industry
Sonia Cuff (Cloud Advocate, Microsoft)

A Library's Move to Cloud Expands Community Access
Justin Bumbico (IT Manager of Infrastructure Services, Columbus Metropolitan Library)

Which SD-WAN Is Right For You?
Dharmraj Jhatakia (GM and Head of SDN-NFV, Happiest Minds Technologies Pvt Ltd)

When (and When Not) to Use a Managed Security Service Provider
Matthew Williams (Director, IT Infrastructure Services, The University of Akron)

Tickets Make Operations Work Unnecessarily Miserable
Damon Edwards (Co-Founder, Rundeck, Inc.)

Statstical Analysis of Network Exposure
John O'Neil (Chief Data Scientist, Edgewise Networks)

No CISO, No SOC, No Problem: Blocking Bigger Threats with Smaller Teams
Jack Danahy (CTO and Co-Founder, Barkly)
Jason Thomas (Chief Information Officer , Cole, Scott & Kissane)

 

Interop allows me to break free from constantly focusing on how to solve problems using single-vendor solutions ... lets me focus on the business problem, regardless of the underlying vendor hardware and software.”
— Lead Network Architect, West Gate Networks