For the past few years I've been a member of the Vivit Worldwide board of directors, helping run the official and unbiased truly global user community for HP Software users. Long before that, I've been a local chapter leader in Vancouver, and have spoken at least three times at the conferences.
I've been going to HP Discover for many years now, through it's various iterations as OpenView Forum, HP Software Universe, and now HP Discover. I would have thought that I'd be burnt out by now, and a couple of years ago I was getting close to that until I got involved in the SoMe (social media) area. Attending a conference as an unofficial (hopefully one day more official!) blogger has been eye opening, and allowed me to view the conference with a different paradigm.
Instead of looking at sessions, booths, and plenaries thinking "what can I get out of this" I now look at abstracts, tracks, keynote speakers, and the floor show with the perspective of "what can I learn? What would be interesting to the colleagues back at the office?"
One of the key things I'm interested in this year, from the big picture perspective, is what Meg Whitman has planned for HP. With the rapid succession of CEOs in the past few years, I think everyone is holding off a bit to see what the software and hardware giant will undertake in 2012/13. On a more tactical scale, I'm planning to meet up with some of the HP technical crew to get a first-hand look at the new Operations Manager appliance. You can bet that I'll have some blog entries for Vivit on both of these topics, plus some additional input where I can.
If you are planning to be at the conference, come find me in the Community Lounge or Bloggers area on the show floor, I'm always happy to meet new people and learn your stories of why YOU are interested in HP Discover.
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