Over the past 20 years OSIsoft has hosted user events for our community. The annual Users Conference has been the main stay of these events. Four years ago, we added a Developer Conference (DevCon) specifically for the development community so that we could focus on more detailed technical aspects of our offering- which were sometimes shorted in the Users Conference to focus on how customers were solving their business problems using PI. Another important reason for the change is that some of the enhancements in the PI System needed to be supported in the server core before they are added to clients and other user tools. This presents an opportunity for partners and developers to start their work at the same time, so that there are rich tools and applications available for customers quickly. DevCon proved this was important to users and partners alike, who want to expand the capability of their PI systems.
The trend continues this year as we rename DevCon, change its format for a more interactive and dynamic event, and expand our invitations to include more technical material to more technical users.
If you are "all business" you won't want to miss the annual Users Conference this year (April 2010). If you an über geek or someone in the middle, then you need to come where PI geeks meet... The OSIsoft vCampus Live! 2009 event!
I know what you're thinking: "Another conference?! In this day of limited travel budgets?" In the past it has been necessary to bring both technical and business people to the Users Conference and participate in both discussions which limited the depth of conversations for both groups. Or one person had to pick between the technical and business sessions they wanted to attend. By separating these events we can offer more content and increase the amount of open dialog between you, us and our partners.
Making these changes delivers a better event to each group - one directed specifically at how you use PI - and at the least possible expense to you. In the end it is all about creating an event that is the most valuable for you!
This year's OSIsoft vCampus Live! event is shaping up to be a whopper! Here's what we have lined up for you:
- An under-the-hood technical look at PI and PI development
- Live, in-person roundtables
- Extreme Code Reviews
- Hands-On Learning Labs
- Network with peers and OSIsoft personnel
- Deep dive into current and upcoming technologies
If you're interested but still not sure if it's right for you, drop us a line on this blog or send an email to vCampusLive@osisoft.com - We'll be glad to answer your questions about the event and its agenda. It is being held on December 1st and 2nd (with an optional day December 3rd) at the glorious Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco.
This event is designed for users looking to customize or expand out of the box capabilities and members of OSIsoft Virtual Campus, with limited seating. We strive to keep an intimate climate with lots of interaction between attendees and Product Managers and Developers. So don't wait to register!