I like to go to a couple of new events (to me) each year. Next week’s Discover is one this year for several reasons:
a) HP is as close to a industry composite company (ok, a term I like – Polymath) as there is – it’s a chance to catch up on trends in hardware, software and services. Cloud, Big Data, Storage, Data Center…
b) HP Labs is making its first appearance at a Discover. Be nice to get some innovation posts for New Florence.
c) Catch up on keynotes from Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks and Chris Anderson of Wired. DreamWorks is also arranging a pre-screening of Madagascar 3. All should be good fodder for New Florence (though there is a no-spoiler embargo on the movie till it is out next Friday)
d) Hear directly from CEO Meg Whitman and many of her direct reports. Let’s face it – on any given day, you can hear 100 different rumors about the company. On most days, 99 and on some days, all 100 of them are unfounded.
e) Kick off summer travel for both my kids with a start in Las Vegas.