It’s been nearly a whole year since our first NEXT event (wow, a year already!), which means NEXT 2018 will be here faster than we know it. NEXT 2017 was an incredible success, but I promise this year will be even better! We’ve got some awesome surprises in store and we can’t wait to share them all with you.
This year, it’s all about your data. It’s about embracing a new data-driven economy to transform your business for today and tomorrow. At NEXT 2018, you’ll get valuable insights so that you can drive your own data to the outcomes that matter. Here’s what you can expect:
Our breakout sessions are back! We’ve got 50 different sessions with more than 50 speakers talking on areas such as Data Center Modernization, Data-Driven Insights, Cloud, IoT, and more solutions and innovations. You’ll hear from some of our customers about how they’ve innovated and transformed with data, learn best practices and even get exclusive sneak peeks of some of the exciting products and solutions coming in the near future.
You’ll also hear from some amazing speakers in our general sessions, including Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author and top global thinker. He’ll be there to challenge our assumptions about data and innovation and is sure to deliver some fresh insights. Innovation leader and futurethink CEO Lisa Bodell will stretch your thinking when she shares her knowledge on how to simplify innovation and accelerate change. I can’t wait to get inspired from these special guests!
The Solutions Showcase will return with the freshest innovations in the industry. You’ll get up-close with what’s new and next for data center modernization, compliance and governance, IoT, smart spaces, video management and so much more. This was a huge hit last year, so you won’t want to miss it!
New this year is our training and certification offerings on-site. You’ll be able to receive hands-on training for Pentaho, IoT analytics and more – free with your registration! While you’re at it, get certified with over 12 different certification exams to validate your skills and knowledge. The first one’s free with registration, so take advantage of these valuable learning opportunities.
You’ll also have the chance to meet with our top executives and industry experts when you schedule a 1:1. Talk all things data and transformation, and get unique insights that you can use to help your own company drive success. We’ve already got some sponsors who are eager to meet you, including Intel, DXC, VMware, Arrow and much, much more. This is a great opportunity to speak with and learn more about them. And don’t forget the announcements! Like I said, we’ve got lots of surprises to reveal at NEXT, and you’ll want to hear them first-hand.
And of course, we can’t forget about the location. Sunny San Diego will host NEXT 2018, so get ready for sun, sand and the most perfect weather you’ve ever seen. The city, especially its Gaslamp District, is a vibrant and exciting metropolis full of culture, entertainment and nightlife. You are definitely going to want to be there for all the fun we’ve got planned!
NEXT 2018 is going to be great, and we want you to be there with us. Make sure to visit HitachiNEXT.com often for the latest updates, and don’t forget to register while you’re there. I look forward to seeing you in San Diego!
Mary Ann Gallo
Chief Communications Officer