Think Again

Learn What's New In 2018

By:  Susan Fogarty | Director of Content

Here in the northeast, the days are getting shorter and colder. But things are heating up as we prepare for Interop ITX next spring in sunny Las Vegas. You'll want to be sure to mark your calendar to join us for a memorable week of independent IT education and awesomeness.

Perhaps you have attended Interop in the past – after all, the event is entering its 32nd year serving the IT community. You may not realize how much the show has evolved during that time, growing from a plugfest ensuring network interoperability to an industry-oriented trade show to its current model: a week-long event centered around its conference program, including educational sessions, long-form tutorials, mainstage keynotes, sponsored content and a business hall showcasing technology.

As the needs of our audience changed, our content changed. Our attendees became managers and directors responsible for making strategic decisions across a broad spectrum of technologies. And as technology infiltrated every part of the business, their roles required them to understand and manage additional disciplines like data analytics and software development. Our current tracks – Infrastructure, Security, Cloud, DevOps, Data & Analytics, and IT Leadership – encompass the most crucial parts of technology that IT leaders tell us they are struggling to assimilate in their environments as part of their digital business strategies. Our Government track also provides insight for those working specifically in government environments, our largest attendee segment.

If you attended Interop ITX last year, at first glance the program may seem very similar. Aside from Government, our conference tracks are the same. We'll also offer a lineup of workshop and summits prior to our main conference, including the wildly popular Cyber Security Crash Course, and some of these topics may look similar too.

But, you may not realize that -- with the exception of the Crash Course, which we repeat due to popular demand -- we build our entire content program from scratch every single year. For 2018, we have 7 new track chairs who are tasked with sourcing the most relevant session topics and compelling speakers to provide you with valuable insights and action items you can put to work immediately. So, while the structure remains similar, the content within it is completely new. We invite highly rated speakers to return, but work with them to develop new presentations with updated topics and current material.

We're also creating some brand-new programs for 2018, including a series of 90-minute hands-on sessions. These classes will allow attendees to learn about some of the most current technologies, including predictive analytics, cognitive computing, Kubernetes, and IoT sensors, by following along with an instructor in an interactive format.

Security becomes more important for our audience every year, so we've introduced a one-day summit designed for attendees already working in security who are looking for a deep dive into cybersecurity defense. The Security Pro Summit will cover advanced methods for detecting and responding to new threats and provide practical, usable methods for detecting and responding to online attacks in an enterprise.

On the emerging technology front, we'll be diving into artificial intelligence (AI) as a summit topic this year in our first AI Summit. Attendees of this two-day program will get a tutorial on AI and machine learning and how to use them in the enterprise, and hear from innovative companies that are making strides in this exciting new field.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is another hot topic affecting our audience from many different directions. From industrial applications, to increasing data, to infrastructure demands and security concerns, IoT is appearing on the radar of IT leaders as both a challenge and an opportunity. Our Business Hall in 2018 will feature an IoT Theater with a full schedule of presentations illustrating real-world case studies and strategies for IoT. The companion IoT Demo Showcase will provide docent-led demos, providing attendees with insight into current solutions and implementations.

I've touched on only a few of our programs and we'll be announcing more as the event draws closer. But Interop ITX 2018 is shaping up to be full of new topics, new speakers, and new surprises. See you there!