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The Unbiased IT Conference

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.

Keynotes Announced

Judd Williams

NCAA

Beth Niblock

City of Detroit

Kathy Kountze

Eversource Energy

Renée Lahti

Hitachi Vantara

Brian McCarson

Intel

Stacey Halota

Graham Holdings Company

Michael Biltz

Accenture Technology Vision

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 like YANG.

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.

What's New in Wireless: Emerging Technology and Services

From AI for Wi-Fi, LoRA radios, multi-gig point-to-point, IoT, SDR and sensors, hear how to leverage wireless technology to solve problems, save money, and build reliable networks that are easily managed. 

IT Leadership Summit: Upgrade You Career

Take your career to the next level by learning how to sharpen your “soft” skills, including communications, negotiation expertise, and obtaining buy-in for business transformation.

Tactical Infosec: A Hands-on Guide from the Attacker's Perspective

This morning workshop will focus on practical network and system hardening tips to make attackers work much harder as they try to move laterally, escalate privileges, and exfiltrate data.

Drive Your Business & Career Forward

Interop offers a unique set of programming to help you address IT's most important challenges, including in-depth training on Security, Networking, Cloud Computing, DevOps, Wireless and Collaboration.

Boost your IT strategy and management skills and gain critical insights into hiring and managing an increasingly diverse workforce with our Professional Development and IT Strategy tracks.

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:

Tuesday

During TechFair from 5:00PM - 8:00PM

All Pass Types Welcome

Wednesday and Thursday

8:00AM - 9:00AM | 11:30AM - 1:30PM

Pass Types: All Access, Summits & Workshops, and Conference

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)

Attendee Party Location Announced

Get your drink on with fellow attendees at the BEER PARK which is located on a 10,000-square-foot deck overlooking the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The open-air park has an atmosphere combining the feel of a classic baseball stadium and the communal charm of a city park with the spirit of Budweiser. Admission to the attendee party requires an All Access, Summits & Workshops, or Conference pass.

 

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

Explore Highlights from 2018

Watch Interop 2018 Keynotes

Be inspired by industry thought leaders. Hear from speakers from Google, RSA, Whole Foods/Amazon, and more!

See the 2018 Event Highlights

View photos from last year's event, including pictures of our attendee party, 5K run, morning yoga, sessions, and more!

Takeaways from Interop 2018

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