I have been involved as a speaker at every US Interop event (some of those were known as Networld+Interop) since 2001, and a member of the Advisory Board since 2003 - anyway, thirteen years in all. Interop in many ways is the successor to Comdex, where I had similar roles from 1994 through 2004, the year that marked the end of the line for that series of conferrences. And now the time has now come to say goodbye to Interop as well - they're bringing the management of the Mobility track inside, which I in fact think is an excellent idea. UBM has tremendous resources upon which to draw, and it really is time for new ideas and a fresh look at the track. While I'll miss being involved, I wish Interop all the best for the future.
As it turns out, though, I won't have a lot of time for reminiscing. I have a new project underway with Network World, a road show all about the vital and very broad topic of enterprise wireless infrastructure. Current plans are for these one-day events to be held in four cities around the United States next year, starting with New York in February. As is always the case, admission will be free for qualified attendees, and we have a fast-paced, informative, and comprehensive program in development now. More on the details as we get closer, but I've very excited about the proven format (I've done a number of events like this with Network World in the past) and the amazing range of topics we'll explore. With demands on WLANs ever-increasing, 802.11ac coming online, new applications becoming mission-critical, and the WLAN now the primary and/or default circulatory system of the enterprise, I'm not sure that one day is enough!