Monday, October 19, 2009

Dave Bartelli Talks about Central Texas IT Play Day

Tell me a little about the event you're hosting.

The event is called the "Central Texas IT Play Day." It is a fun, Texas-themed technology trade show for the business community to learn about current technology trends and solutions directly from the big vendors, such as Cisco, Citrix, VMware and HP. We'll have free Texas BBQ and live music from Austin artist Matt the Musician.

When and where is it?

The show is Thursday, October 15th at the Phillips Event Center in northeast Austin. People can drop by any time from 10am to 3pm. The agenda, map and other details are online at

Who is the target audience?

The event is designed for business people who make technology decisions - business owners, managers, and IT directors. Although exhibitors will have hands-on demos of their solutions, the event is not meant to be a technical training event. Instead, it is meant to help businesses understand some of the trends and solutions that might make their lives easier.

Why would a business owner want to attend a technology trade show?

With technology changing so fast, it is hard to keep up with what is truly useful, let alone what it all means. People hear about virtualization, cloud computing and managed services all the time, but not everyone knows what they are or in which scenarios they are best used. This event provides an opportunity to become more familiar with current technology options, which will help in making business plans and decisions.

What does the event cost?

The event is free, although pre-registration is required. Registration and details are at

Who will be exhibiting?

HP, Citrix, VMware, Cisco, Grande Communications, Zultys, TW Telecom, TBC International, Bandspeed, Fortinet, Cymphonix, Buffalo Technology, Microsoft and White Glove Technologies.

You'll have the chance to see Windows 7, the latest Microsoft operating system, live before it is officially released to stores on October 22nd.