by Berndan M. Lynch | September 01, 2005
On the verge of its 10th anniversary, HP World, a yearly gathering of Hewlett-Packard computer users, has been canceled because the show’s producer, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based International Association of Hewlett-Packard Computing Professionals (a.k.a. Interex), has gone out of business after three decades
    The demise of the show was widely attributed to the debut of a competing conference produced by Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard itself the HP Technology Forum, scheduled to run Sept. 1215 in New Orleans.
    The sudden end of HP World was a disappointment to longtime attendees and vendors.
    “The conference was independent of Hewlett-Packard,” noted Tom Brandt, president of Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Northtech Systems Inc. “You could get a pretty unbiased, unspun view of what HP was doing.” (Former Interex executives could not be reached for comment.)
    The Hewlett-Packard conference offers its own advantages. “By coalescing the HP user events under one roof, we can provide training direct from HP that goes beyond any single technology area,” said David Parsons, vice president for HP’s Customer Solutions Group.