ITEXPO West 2012 Austin Overview

ITEXPO is kicking off this week – my team is diligently setting everything up at the Austin Convention Center here in Texas. Here is some important information about the show. Hope to see you here.


October 2-5, 2012
Austin Convention Center – Austin, Texas


ITEXPO Kicks Off Tomorrow!
Asterisk 1-2-3 begins tomorrow at 9am, additional conference sessions begin at 12:30pm.



Your ITEXPO registration is confirmed! Below is important information to get you to the Austin Convention Center. If you had a badge mailed to you, please bring it with you.

ITEXPO officially kicks off tomorrow with the start of Enterprise breakout sessions – as well as the Asterisk 1-2-3 workshop, and collocated Cloud Communications Expo and Cloud4SMB Expo sessions.

Please print this note as a quick study guide for all events happening during the show.

Tuesday’s Highlights

9:00am – Registration Opens
9:00am – Asterisk 1-2-3 Workshop (RSVP), SUITS CLE Training
12:30pm – Conference Sessions Begin: ITEXPO Enterprise, Cloud Communications Expo, Cloud4SMB, M2M Battle of The Platforms

Below are some details and information that make your experience at ITEXPO great. As always, if you have any questions, please check the event site or contact Frank Coppola at or 203-852-6800 x131.

The Austin Convention Center:
500 E Cesar Chavez St – Austin, Texas 78701-4001
Tel: 512-404-4000

Directions & Parking
The Austin Convention Center has two Parking Garages. One located two blocks west of the facility, at 201 East 2nd Street. Entrances are on Brazos and San Jacinto streets and a second at 601 East 5th Street, northeast of the facility at Red River and 4th Street – enter from 5th Street. Handicapped parking is located at Trinity and Cesar Chavez Streets.

When you arrive at the Austin Convention Center, please go to Exhibit Hall 1 and proceed to the registration counter to pick up your badge and conference bag, and you’re ready to go..

Registration: 9am – 5pm
Asterisk 1-2-3 Workshop: 9am – 5pm
Conference Sessions: 12:30 – 3:15pm

Registration: 7:30am – 5pm
Keynotes by ShoreTel and IBM: 9am
Conference: 10am – 4:30pm
Keynote by 8×8, Inc.: 11:45am
Keynotes by Siemens and Cisco: 3:30pm
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening: 4:30 – 7:30pm
Grand Opening Reception, Sponsored by Sangoma: 4:30
Conference Party at Cedar Street Courtyard: 9pm

Registration: 7:30am – 3pm
Conference: 9am – 12:45pm
Keynotes by Hitachi, Senseaware powered by Fedex and Sonus: 9:30am
Exhibit Hall Open: 11am – 4pm
StartupCamp Networking Reception: 4 pm, Sponsored by Cloud Communications Alliance
StartupCamp Early Stage Pitch Event and Networking: 5pm
Featuring keynote address by Michael Tessler, Co-founder and CEO, Broadsoft.

Registration: 7:30am – 2pm
Conference: 9am – 12:45pm
Exhibit Hall: 11am – 2pm
Ford F-150 Giveaway in Exhibit Hall: 1:45pm – MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.

Be there early on Wednesday when ShoreTel and IBM kick off ITEXPO Austin in style.

What you need now is to learn about solutions and strategies that can help your business today. That’s what you’ll get at ITEXPO keynote sessions in Austin.

Keynote admission is included with any registration plan.

Wednesday Keynotes – October 3:
9:00am – ShoreTel CEO Peter Blackmore
9:30am – IBM Vice President, Kristin Lauria
11:45am – 8×8, Inc. Vice President, Huw Rees
3:30pm – Siemens Enterprise Communications Chief Commercial Office, Chris Hummel
4:00pm – Cisco VP and GM, David Tucker

Thursday Keynotes – October 4:
9:00am – Mark Gorenberg
9:30am – Hitachi CTO, David Foote
10:00am – Senseaware powered by FedEx Executive VP, Robert B. Carter
10:30am – Sonus Networks’ President and CEO, Raymond Dolan
4:45pm –   Special Keynote Presentation During StartupCamp: Comms Edition:
                  Broadsoft’s Co-founder and CEO, Michael Tessler

Exhibit Hall – Meet More than 225 Vendors in One Place

Meet vendors and partners you need to successfully deploy cloud, mobility, UC, video, and other communications solutions – for your enterprise, SMB, or service provider network. Resellers, develop lucrative new partnerships and add to your offerings.

Keynote Speakers
– 8×8, Inc.: Huw Rees, VP of Business Development
– Cisco: David Tucker, VP and General Manager
– FedEx: Robert B. Carter, EVP, Information Services and CIO
– IBM: Kristen Lauria Vice President Marketing
– ShoreTel: Peter Blackmore, CEO and President
– Siemens: Chris Hummel, CCO
– Sonus: Raymond P. Dolan, President and CEO
– BroadSoft:  Michael Tessler, Co-Founder & CEO (StartupCamp6 Keynote)

Microsoft Lync Pavilion
You’ll see the best-of-breed product lineup offered by leading Lync Certified manufacturers that expands everyone’s current UC solution by using Micrsoft Lync. And you’ll meet with the friendliest folks in the Channel who are eager to see you. Stop by, say hi and get ready to grow your business!

Asterisk 1-2-3: The Essential 1-Day Asterisk Training Course
Tuesday, October 2 – 9:00am – Room 8C
Whether you are managing a team deploying an Asterisk implementation, evaluating potential replacements for a legacy telephony solution that’s on its last leg, or just a general Asterisk “newbie” excited to learn what Asterisk is capable of, then this talk has something to offer you.

CVx (ChannelVision Expo)
Wednesday-Thursday, October 3-4 – Pavilion on Exhibit Floor
As communications technologies evolve, Telecom agents, value-added resellers, interconnect dealers and others in the channel ecosystem face historic changes. To effectively sell today’s intricate product sets to small/medium business and enterprise customers, there are new skills and new tactics required. Find out how at CVx.

Ingate SIP Trunking-Unified Communications Seminars
Wednesday-Friday, October 3-5 – Room 9C
Get the facts about SIP Trunking and Unified Communications. This three-day educational seminar series provides in-depth information on the wide breadth of applications falling under the Unified Communications umbrella, including SIP trunking, real-time video, Fax-over-IP, mobility and more.

MegaPath’s MPLS University
Wednesday, October 3 – 1:30pm – Room 7
MPLS University is a forum for IT and business professionals to bring their questions about network reliability, always-on connectivity, voice, regulatory requirements, security, and cost control. Make plans to attend two FREE live MPLS University sessions to learn more about utilizing cloud-based solutions.

StartupCamp6: Comms Edition: Keynote By BroadSoft Co-Founder & CEO Michael Tessler
Thursday, October 4 – 4:45pm – Ballroom A
Startup Presenters Include: Phonism, RingDNA, Vsnap, Zello
Entrepreneurship is at an all time high. More people are starting companies than ever before, it is very in vogue to be one and even more so to support one. Many companies are building their growth on the backs on entrepreneurs by catering their offer to this large group of growing companies. StartupCamp is an evening to celebrate entrepreneurship in telecom and an opportunity to learn, network and have fun!

Telecom Reseller Week: Presented By Gary Audin
Wednesday-Thursday, October 3-4 – Pavilion on Exhibit Floor
This seminar teaches attendees how to effectively sell IP Communications equipment & services, with proven tips and best practices for addressing the challenges resellers face in today’s economy.

Paid Breakout Sessions

Conference tracks feature more than 60 sessions concentrating on:
– Cloud Communications
– Cloud Computing for SMBs and Enterprises
– Customer Experience and Engagement
– Service Provider solutions
– Mobility
– Video
– Unified Communications
– SIP Trunking

The Collocated Conferences

Get a complete and rounded education on today’s most powerful tech solutions. Admission to exhibits and workshops for each event is included with an ITEXPO VIP Pass. Conference Breakout Sessions require a separate fee.

– Cloud Communications Expo
– Cloud4SMB Expo
– Mobility Tech Zone
– M2M Evolution
– Super Wi-Fi Summit
– MSPAlliance MSPWorld
– LatinComm
– HTML5Summit
– Video World Conference & EXPO
– SUITS – Patents Conference




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