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7 Reasons Why You Can’t Miss Extreme Connect

There has never been a better time to connect with Extreme, with changes in the IT marketplace and within Extreme occurring at a faster pace than ever. After multiple acquisitions, bringing together a fully enhanced product portfolio and an even larger global customer base, Extreme is hosting its first-ever global user conference, Extreme Connect! In less than two months Extreme Connect 2018 kicks off in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday, April 16th – Friday, April 20th at the Westin Kierland Resort.  Read on to find out why this action-packed week of learning, networking, and fun, is a quintessential function for an Extreme’s power user…

1.  You’ll Hear About the Future of Networking

If your organization wants to stay on the cutting edge of networking technology, Extreme Connect is not to be missed! Staying ahead of the technology curve is key to remaining competitive in this ever-changing industry. At Extreme Connect, meet with  industry analysts, including Zeus Kerravala of ZK Research, Bob Laliberte of ESG, and Tim Zimmerman of Gartner, along with Extreme experts driving thought leadership sessions you won’t want to miss.

2.  Get Inspired: Keynote by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Yes, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, 5x NBA champion, and 6x league MVP, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will participate in a fireside chat with attendees! Currently, Abdul-Jabbar serves as the chairman of his Skyhook Foundation, aiming to give kids in under-served communities educational opportunities in STEM fields. After 50 years as an athlete, activist, and a New York Times best-selling author, Kareem will share his wisdom and knowledge with Extreme Connect attendees.

3.  Help Us Build the Roadmap You Want

Would you like to learn how to organize and manage your IT organization more effectively? If so, make sure you join the one-on-one roadmap sessions to discuss your organization’s specific network environment with our Extreme experts. These experts have intimate knowledge of all of Extreme’s potential solutions – after all, they helped to build them! These sessions will be about your needs, so it’s the perfect time to give our team your feedback on what solutions have and have not worked for you and where you see your future technology needs headed. Your candid feedback will ultimately help us continue to develop the best product roadmap the networking industry has ever seen. Act fast because registration for these sessions are limited!

4.  Learn from Fellow Industry Leaders: Birds of a Feather Sessions Featuring FedEx, UNC, Green Bay Packers, and More

At Extreme Connect, there will be plenty of time for peer-to-peer networking, including our Birds of a Feather sessions. During these vertical focused sessions, you will have the opportunity to meet with IT experts from your industry to discuss common issues and compare notes on solutions. Industry categories include Education, Healthcare, Retail, Transportation, & Logistics, and Hospitality. Bring your own topics to discuss, or submit them in advance!

5.  Ready to be Promoted? Get Extreme certified!

The early bird catches the worm! Take advantage of our Two Day Pre-Conference Training to gain technical training onsite, sharpen your skills, and get certified on many of our platforms, such as our Extreme Management Center, ExtremeWireless, Campus Fabric Switching and Routing, and more!

6.  Win $10,000 at Our Hack-A-Thon Event

Are you a problem solver, creative thinker, and a technologist? If so, be sure to try your hand at Extreme Connect’s Hack-A-Thon! Participants will attempt to hack Extreme Fabric Connect – a feat that has never been accomplished. Should someone succeed, the winner will take-home $10,000 and all the glory!

7.  Jam Out to the X Ambassadors!

On the final day of Extreme Connect, the popular rock band X Ambassadors will headline our customer appreciation party. The X Ambassadors have performed at international venues, and also massive festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo with platinum selling song “Renegades,” as well as chart-toping songs “Unsteady,” and “Ahead of Myself.”

I just gave you seven reasons why you should attend Extreme Connect, but really there are countless. Possibly the greatest reason why you should attend is because there’s truly something for every IT professional to experience! This event is the ideal space for IT professionals to learn more and develop their skills on Extreme Networks technology and industry trends. Register now for Extreme Connect 2018, and prepare yourself for a jam-packed week of knowledge, fun, and networking at our first ever user conference.

Need help convincing your boss to let you attend Extreme Connect? Download the Justification Letter now and send it to them!

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This post was originally published by Marketing Communications Co-Op Liz Krupa.

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