The End of HP World
Interex succumbs to new competition
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
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