Paragon Development Systems: Offers complimentary regional IT leadership conference


Contact: Gareth Harwood

Executive Director of Marketing

Paragon Development Systems, Inc.

(262) 569-5318

[email protected]

Oconomowoc-based VAR will provide education-based, two-day conference, October 7 & 8, 2009

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (Sept 25, 2009) – Tough economic times have caused many companies to eliminate or cut back training and education budgets, but Paragon Development Systems, Inc (PDS) is facilitating the fight back! PDS is providing a two-day technology conference with free-admission including meals and access to the Midwest Airlines Center, Milwaukee. Over 700 IT professionals are expected to attend October 7-8, 2009. With over 50 strategy sessions, four keynote speakers, the exhibit hall and peer-to-peer networking, this is the only regional conference of its kind.

In its 13th year, the conference offers a variety of thought-provoking keynote speakers, including Chris Gardner, former Milwaukee resident and inspiration for the film The Pursuit of Happyness, Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist, bestselling author and Science Channel host, Neri Oxman, MIT Presidential Fellow and one of Fast Company’s top 100 most creative individuals in business and Mike Payne, director of Intel’s design experience team.

Austin Park, PDS Chief Technology Officer, notes, “We are providing access to some of the brightest minds in IT, including: Cisco Systems’ Ravi Balakrishnan, VMware’s Richard Talaber and Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) current managing director, Americas Solutions Architecture, KC Choi who is responsible for strategic technology infrastructure design and architecture advisory services for HP’s corporate, enterprise and government customers. Each year we work to improve the quality of presenters and this year we’ve exceeded even our own expectations.”

With industry experts offering complimentary leadership on topics such as: Private Cloud Computing, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Unified Computing Systems, Social Networking Security and the unveiling of Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Office 2010, attendees will gain new knowledge for improving their organization’s quality of life for end users, lowering operational costs, and measuring IT investment effectiveness. Some of the best rated strategy sessions involve actual PDS clients presenting valuable lessons learned, including: Quad/Graphics, Inc, Marshfield Clinic, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, QBE, Inc. and Minneapolis-based Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO).

Lisa Messner, PSG, Partner Business Manager at HP, raves, “PDS does a great job with this conference. From the exhibit hall and quality of sessions to their attendee qualification process, this event is on par with any national level show I have attended. I haven’t seen anything else like it.”

Due to the direct sponsorship of tier-one technology manufacturers like Cisco Systems, Inc, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Novell, Inc and VMware, Inc, attendees can be assured of the continued admission-free, high-caliber experience.

“Our job as a trusted advisor is to help our clients find a better way,” said Craig Schiefelbein, PDS CEO & President. “By offering this conference, our clients get the all-in-one experience. Attendees have access to peer-networking, direct access to the top manufacturers of the latest technologies information and solutions that will greatly impact their businesses. If there’s an organization out there not currently working with PDS but would like to learn more, we encourage them to register and come see what we’re all about.”

The popularity of this event is in direct response to the quality of presenters, exhibitors and attendees. Conference integrity is assured through PDS’s registrant qualification process. Designed for medium-to-large organization IT professionals, from executives and directors to managers and engineers, PDS continually strives to provide the best in the industry for education, leadership and product information. Gareth Harwood, PDS Executive Director of Marketing, notes, “As a non-public event, PDS is able to offer attendees a non-threatening, sales-free environment for networking and learning. We are extremely cautious of this and do everything we can to provide the most valuable experience possible.”

About PDS

For more than 23 years, Paragon Development Systems, Inc. has provided technology products, services and solutions to medium and large size organizations, improving the quality of life for IT departments in over 22 states. As a technology services company, PDS architects, supplies, implements and manages IT for organizations in four primary markets: healthcare, government/higher-education, corporate, and professional services.

In addition to being a major Enterprise Tier product and service reseller, PDS manufactures its own PDS-branded PCs and offers clients a single-point-of-contact, ITIL-aware resource, for service management and a 24/7 help desk.

Headquartered in Oconomowoc, Wis., PDS has office locations in: Brookfield, Madison, Sheboygan, and Wausau, WI, Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, Minneapolis, MN and Kansas City, MO. With more than 260 employees, PDS holds more than 400 certifications in technology services and computer systems installation and support. PDS has been assessed and approved by National Quality Assurance, USA, an accredited ISO 9000 auditor.

For more information and to register for this event, visit the PDS Technology Conference web site

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