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Why You Need to Be At Interop Las Vegas 2015

From great content to interacting with your IT peers, Interop General Manager Jennifer Jessup shares why Interop should be on your calendar.

Nearing its 30th anniversary, Interop Las Vegas (April 27–May 1, 2015) promises to be the best one yet. In a recent podcast interview, Interop General Manager Jennifer “JJ” Jessup, offered tips on how to get the most from a tech conference, and shared specifics about what attendees can expect from Interop 2015.

The discussion elaborates on 5 Reasons You Need to Be at Interop Las Vegas. Jessup provided a few more details about the reasons listed on the site.

First and foremost, Interop is a conference for the entire IT community, not an individual vendor or one tech sector. This sets it apart from other technology conferences in the U.S. “We are the one place that you can go to where you’re looking for that independent viewpoint,” said Jessup.

That independent viewpoint informs Interop’s in-depth training and professional development, which targets a diverse set of technology professionals, from CIOs to IT managers to developers.

Two days of deep-dive workshops and three days of sessions offer a wide breadth of content on infrastructure, security, cloud computing, mobility, virtualization, leadership, applications, and more.

Interop’s keynotes bring compelling speakers to the stage, including leaders from Google, the Boston Red Sox, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Another fascinating aspect of the conference is “interoperability in real time,” said Jessup.

That’s a reference to InteropNet, the production network that’s built from the ground up every year to demonstrate different vendors’ hardware and software working together. In addition to providing connectivity for the conference, InteropNet staff offer tours and classes for attendees.

Interop also lets attendees connect with a variety of vendors on the expo floor, which includes more than 350 exhibitors. These exhibitors range from the very big—Cisco, VMWare, HP, and so on—to small companies and brand new startups.

Jessup was excited to note that Interop Las Vegas offers multiple opportunities for attendees to hear from innovative young companies, including the Startup Hot Seat session, where four startups discuss and defend their innovations in front of attendees and a panel of experts.

Overall, Jessup noted that it’s the people who make Interop so worthwhile. From networking with peers in real time to following up by social media, the connections that people make at Interop keep them coming back.

“We're the technology version of the United States,” said Jessup. “We bring everybody together. We welcome everybody. We want everyone to benefit from each other's presence. It's just a great community gathering.”

Click here learn more about Interop Las Vegas, connect with Jessup on Twitter, or listen to the entire TechnologyAdvice interview, which includes helpful information on the best ways to make the most of your time while at Interop.

This interview was conducted by Clark Buckner of TechnologyAdvice, an Inc. 5000 company that connects buyers and sellers of business technology through meaningful relationships. See our TechnologyAdvice Guide To CRM for an overview CRM technology and the latest market trends.

Clark Buckner is a content marketer and new media strategist podcasting about technology and entrepreneurship at TechnologyAdvice.com. He enjoys the tech conference scene and discovering innovative ways to create new opportunities from emerging technologies. View Full Bio

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