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The BIG addition for your HP Discover TO-DO List: Meet and Chat with the HP Cloud Advisors

I am posting blogs that I think will help you leave HP Discover with a much, much greater understanding of HP Converged Cloud and Converged Infrastructure so you can optimize what you have and acclerate your deployment strategy (see recommended sessions at the end of this post).


However, amidst all the sessions, demos, networking, and meetings, there is another simple, yet highly valuable thing to add to your “TO-DO” list: Bring your toughest Cloud or Convergence question(s) and pose them to the HP Cloud Advisors.


These 19 industry leaders truly are the leading technical and strategic minds in cloud computing today spanning a range of expertise... and they will be at Discover. No, not hiding in some highly secure private room talking only to CIOs, but actually walking around the Expo area available to anyone >> Just look for their lapel insignia. Trust me, these folks are hoping for tough questions from smart people. That’s why they are in a class above all others.


No matter what phase of cloud strategy or deployment you may be in – building a new private cloud, deciding how and when to use public cloud, or converging your current IT environment to deliver cloud solutions – the HP Cloud Advisors are here to help. It’s a rare opportunity that only happens at HP Discover.


TO DO:  Find and Hobnob with HP Cloud Advisors


And if you have not already registered, don't miss out on the $300.00 (USD) discount:






P.S. If you are looking to become well-versed in Converged Infrastructure and Cloud, and missed my previous recommended list of Breakout Sessions to attend, you can peruse the complete list below:


Tuesday, June 5th


Building a converged infrastructure strategy for the data center
(#TB2091 / Technical Breakout), 11:15 - Noon
Why I recommend this session: This session is a good way to kick things off. The CI Maturity Model is a tool and process for how to build a step-by-step roadmap to a converged infrastructure (and create a solid cloud foundation). It takes into account not only the technology, but also the people and process elements. I think attending this session will help you organize in your head the different areas that need to be part of your convergence strategic planning.  


Attitudes, acceptance and the business value of a converged infrastructure – based on IDC and Forrester Research
(#BB2031 / Business Breakout), 1:30 – 2:15 pm
Why I recommend this session: This session gets to the very heart of ‘convergence’ – what is the business value? This is the most common question we all get asked and need answered. Well worth 45 minutes of our time.


Converged Infrastructure roundtable 2: integrating a converged infrastructure solution with existing IT environments
(#RT2782 / Roundtable), 2:45 - 3:30
Why I recommend this session: Unless you are building a new or Greenfield data center, this session will help you understand how to fast-track your move forward to capitalize on virtualization and the cloud within your existing IT environment and investments. 


Case study: how to get funding for an IT transformational initiative
(#BB2642 Business Breakout), 4:00 – 4:45 pm
Why I recommend this session:  As a complement to the session above, this Case Study from a real customer provides a nice model for the soft-skills required to prove business value early on your convergence adoption as a way to gain the right level of advocacy needed from disparate teams.


Increase agility and efficiency by automating your data center leveraging converged infrastructure architectural principles
(#BB2774 / Business Breakout), 5:15 - 6:00
Why I recommend this session: I picked this session because it provides another view of how to work within your current IT investments to deploy automation effectively. This will help you gain value today while also being better prepared to capitalize on private or hybrid cloud services.


Wednesday - June 6th                                      


Case study: how HP Enterprise Services leverages a converged infrastructure to deliver HP Enterprise Cloud Services
(#BB2775 / Business Breakout), 11:15 – Noon
Why I recommend this session: Again, I chose this session because it brings in the option of fast-tracking to the cloud world value through a managed services approach - whether implemented and managed in your own data center or in HP’s. If you’re like most, your hybrid cloud environment will include some form of a Managed Cloud, so this session is a good way to get insight in this area. 


Automated discovery and data center transformation
(#HOL2776 / Hands-on Lab), 1:45 - 3:45
Why I recommend this session:  This lab session is probably more valuable for folks charged with application transformation initiatives looking for deeper knowledge in how to build insight, develop a plan, audit, and execute each application move. However, with applications at the center of the business value, if you are part of the application admin process, you will find value here as you move to a new or mixed IT environment. 




Lessons learned: HP ExpertONE Master ASE-CI Architect certification
(#TB2780 / Technical Breakout), 2:45 – 3:30 pm
Why I recommend this session:  The HP ExpertONE program is what I call a “separator”. In other words, as ‘convergence’ becomes mainstream, those individuals looking to excel in their job can do so through the HP ExpertONE Master ASE CI Architect certification. This session is where you will learn more about the certification and hear from those who have achieved the certification.     


Converged Infrastructure roundtable 1: implementing a self-service catalog
(#RT2781 / Roundtable), 4:00 - 4:45
Why I recommend this session: This is an easy pick. Convergence is all about delivering services to the business faster. This session shows the service catalog in action with HP CloudSystem Matrix. Even if you don't have a CloudSystem yet - it's good stuff to know and see.


Converged Infrastructure roundtable 3: changing governance and budgeting processes
(#RT2783 / Roundtable), 5:15 – 6:00 pm
Why I recommend this session:  Again, this one is a no brainer selection for me because ‘to move forward quickly’ is not all about technology; governance and budgeting processes play a big role and knowing the ‘whys and wherefores’ in these areas are good to know and will only help you.


Thursday - June 7th                                          


Accelerate your move to NGDC and cloud with the Converged Infrastructure Maturity Model
(#TB2779 / Technical Breakout), 10:00 - 10:45
Why I recommend this session: I have a couple of CI Maturity Model sessions on my recommend list. This is on purpose (even if you can only attend one of them) because the Maturity Model is not only a way to bring substantiation back to your organization after HP Discover, but it’s a great way to move forward in a safe, practical manner. Plus, this session uses actual customer case studies so you can see how others have benefited. 


Blueprints for convergence: a step-by-step path to converged infrastructure in 18 months 
(#TB2032 / Technical Breakout), 11:15 - Noon
Why I recommend this session:  With every customer at a different level of convergence, this session focuses on the journey – how consolidation, standardization, virtualization, optimization and automation will accelerate the value IT delivers to the business. But most importantly, this session shares what real customers have done on their journey –> that will only help you with your own journey.


Driving IT strategy through converged infrastructure and data center fabrics
(#BB2303 / Business Breakout), 1:30 – 2:15 pm
Why I recommend this session:  It’s always nice to hear from expert outsiders. I picked this session for that reason; to hear how leading-edge firms are successfully planning and capitalizing on converged infrastructure from both a technical and business standpoint.


Orizon Brazil: anatomy of a success case
(#TB2471 / Technical Breakout), 2:45 - 3:30
Why I recommend this session: Again, making convergence real is critical. This session is worth your time to see how this customer integrated their servers, storage and network disciplines, and enabled single-pane-of-glass monitoring. This is a good best practice to garner value from what others have done.


Business Workshop: Converged Infrastructure Transformation Experience Workshop
(#BW2122 / Business Workshop), 4:00 – 4:45 pm
Why I recommend this session:  And to cap off your week, this workshop will guide you through the journey to a converged infrastructure - cloud, technology, people, processes, service delivery, governance, architectures and more.


See you there.

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