Before we head off to the Migration Success roundtable, we'll share a pair of photos from yesterday's HP 3000 news. At the e3000 Update, HP 3000 Business Manager Dave Wilde (left) presented the latest Contributor of the Year award. This is a plaque that HP has passed to many storied hands over the last 10 years, including Adager's Alfredo Rego, MB Foster's Birket Foster, Lund's Bill Lancaster and OpenMPE director Donna Garverick-Hofmeister, to name just a few.
This year's winner is Speedware's Chris Koppe (center, with HP lab liasion Jennie Hou at right) the only member of both Interex and Encompass boards of directors. Wilde said that Koppe has a long history of service to the 3000 community, "and we haven't always agreed" over the years, a sign of a good advocate for the customer. Koppe said afterward that he was completely surprised by the award.
HP also showed off history of the platform as well as the future of its involvement with the 3000 in a summary slide. At the moment, HP is calling December of 2008 the "current end-date" of support, leaving the door open for more years of HP involvement.