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Encompass has a deadline of tomorrow (May 19) for paper proposals for its September HP Technology Forum. The lineup includes MPE and HP 3000 issues; nearly all of the talks and meetings surrounding the 3000 at last year's conference tracked migration solutions and strategies.

As they said on Seinfeld, "Not that there's anything wrong with that." Chuck Ciesinski, an OpenMPE board member, reminded 3000 users today on the 3000 newsgroup about the deadline. Last fall, in the wake of the first Technology Forum, he said of the conference:

The content of the sessions I was in reminded me of the InterWorks Conferences that Interex put on. Yes, there was a little marketing, but not as much as I had anticipated. The conference appeared to be geared towards larger more enterprise like customers, like my new employer, banks, and international groups. 

More 3000 customers are stepping up to contribute their migration experiences, both successful and woeful. Some stories don't have an ending yet. Every year that Interex hosted a conference with a migration roundtable, the majority of the panel members hadn't finished their migrations.

Bottom line: You don't have to have all the answers to get airtime at what will be the biggest HP-only conference of the year. You need to set aside the time to work up about an hour of talk, as well as make budget to be in Houston for a few days in September.

In our May printed issue, (hitting the streets next week; e-mail me if you want to get onto our postal mailing list and get a free copy) I wrote in an editorial that sharing experience is a way of service to your community — as well as connecting with others. Homesteading customers also have stories to tell about how they have survived the decline of HP's services and lab development. It will be interesting to see if anyone wants to tell a homestead story at the Tech Forum.

The particulars:

  • You have to register at the Technology Forum site to submit a proposal. The proposal is all that is due by tomorrow.
  • There are general session guidelines available on the Encompass Web site.
  • Yes, Virginia, there is a place for MPE papers at the Forum. Here's the full list of the Primary Technical Areas:
    -Business Continuity & Availability (including disaster tolerance & recovery)   
    -Database Technologies (including Oracle, SQL, and MySQL)   
    -High-Performance Computing   
    -ILM (Information Lifecycle Management)
    -Imaging & Printing Technologies   
    -IT Consolidation   
    -ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library)   
    -ITSM (IT Service Management) 
    -Management Software (including OpenView & desktop management)   
    -Messaging & Collaboration   
    -Microsoft Windows   
    -Mobility & Wireless   
    -Open Source Linux   
    -Personal Systems   
    -Regulatory and Standards Compliance (for example HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley)   
    -Servers (including Blades, Integrity, Alpha, PA-RISC, and power management/cooling)   
    -Thin Clients   
    -Tru64 UNIX   

For questions about the Call for Papers, contact Encompass Headquarters directly at 877.354.9887 or i[email protected]