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OpenView Forum International’s First Ever Regional Event a Success
Abby Dogum, OFVI Conference Director

Over 150 OpenView industry members attended OpenView Regional Forum, held November 9-10 in Alexandria, Virginia. Survey feedback was overwhelmingly positive for this first-of-its-kind regional event from OpenView Forum International’s, and organizers took away some valuable insight on how to make future regional events even more effective.

Feedback gathered from user group surveys over the past several years indicated that OpenView customers wanted more training opportunities, closer to home. This first regional conference was OpenView Forum International’s answer to this plea. The Washington, DC, area was chosen to meet the needs of the large and very active local Mid-Atlantic OpenView chapter, and also to accommodate the very large number of federal OpenView customers.

The two-day training event began with a general session and opening remarks from, Tom Reinsel, CEO of Pepperweed Consulting and president of OpenView Forum International (OVFI). Technical breakout sessions followed in a similar format to the organization’s annual conference – HP Software Forum. The program committee included several longer technical sessions, however, including 2- and 3-hour sessions. These extended sessions gave content experts the opportunity to delve deeper into subjects that require more explanation, including: “OpenView Operations for UNIX Tips and Techniques,” “Do's and Don'ts for a Large Scale OpenView Deployment,” and more.

Attendees had the opportunity to visit 18 HP partner-exhibitors, including HP, on the exhibit show floor during lunch and evening on Tuesday and Wednesday. Exhibitors displayed the latest OpenView developments, integrations, and service solutions.

Day two commenced with a general session on HP Strategy & Vision given by Bill Emmett, Chief Solutions Manager for HP’s Management Software Organization. Bill detailed how HP's approach of dynamically linking business and IT defines the long-term vision and architecture for HP's management software. The session was followed by technical sessions, lunch and exhibits, and customer case studies. The conference concluded with an afternoon of networking in the exhibit hall, and an interactive Meet the Developers session.

The two-day training event was followed by two days of optional in-depth training. The training included: ITIL Foundation Training and certification, HP OpenView Network Node Manager Deployment and Tuning, OpenView Service Desk Internals and Performance, and Customizing OpenView Reporting with OVPI.

The conference survey results reinforced the many positive comments the staff received. Survey questions gauged the satisfaction of attendees with all aspects of the conference: technical content, networking opportunities, food, location, meeting format, and more. Over 90% of attendees were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with every aspect of the conference.

OVFI wishes to offer a special note of thanks to all of the staff, speakers, and volunteers who gave their commitment and support to making the conference a success. In addition, thanks to the conference sponsors. Without their funding, the event would not have been possible. We look forward to continuing the success at our next regional conference. Stay tuned for details!


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