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IT pros and biz tech vendors converge at Interop Las Vegas this week

Hear what's new, what's hot, and what to expect at Interop Las Vegas 2008 in this interview with Lenny Heymann, general manager of Interop, as part of the Tech Sanity Check podcast.

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I'll be at Interop Las Vegas 2008 this week along with about 18,000 other professionals in the IT industry. This show keeps getting bigger every year. This year, there will be about 500 vendors exhibiting their products -- which is up from about 450 in 2007 and 350 in 2006.

Hear what's new, what's hot, and what to expect at Interop Las Vegas 2008 in this interview with Lenny Heymann, general manager of Interop, as part of the Tech Sanity Check podcast.

According to Heymann, some of the hot topics at Interop will be:

  • 802.11n
  • Network Access Control
  • Virtualization
  • Mobile business computing
  • Utility computing
  • Software as a Service
  • Green IT

The other major topic, of course, will be the state of the U.S. economy and its effect on IT. Heymann has some strong feelings about that:

"The fact is that IT pros are experts at doing more with less, and belt-tightening is a way of life... Businesses can ill afford to sharply cut back on technology investments. And unlike the last economic downturn when technology got a black eye for helping to fuel the dotcom bubble, this time around I think we're going to see that technology innovation is one of the things that helps get the economy going again."

General Manager Lenny Heymann will kick off another Interop this week in Las Vegas. Photo credit: Interop

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Jason Hiner is the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He is an award-winning journalist who writes about the people, products, and ideas that are revolutionizing the ways we live and work in the 21st century.

3 comments
jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Original post: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=673 Have you ever attended an Interop? What was the most useful part of it? Are there any other IT shows that you regularly attend?

burntfinger1
burntfinger1

from Interop and it was very useful. I was able to do a couple deals which would have taken much longer to do if I had to travel to each client's place of business. The other reason I think gatherings such as this are important is the oppertunity to meet with others in the industry and share ideas in a low pressure atmosphere. Besides, where else are you going to see so many techies in clean tee shirts? :)

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

at the "so many techies in clean t-shirts" comment. I agree that a lot of the best stuff happens in the informal discussions. Conference organizers are starting to recognize that, too, and have come up with the unconference format to try to channel that. I wrote about one unconference that took place at Interop: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=674