High-tech smorg planned

An information technology consulting firm will serve up a smorgasbord of high-tech information in Red Deer on June 9.

An information technology consulting firm will serve up a smorgasbord of high-tech information in Red Deer on June 9.

Graycon Group Ltd. is organizing the Red Deer 2014 TechShow, with more than 25 IT companies from Canada and the United States taking part.

“The vendors are from all over North America, and they’re the leading vendors in the IT space,” said Kendra Golemme, marketing and communications co-ordinator with Graycon. “We have Cisco, HP, Symantec and Lenovo, just to name a few.”

The free conference will begin with breakfast and a keynote presentation by Dean La Riviere, director, partner operations, with Cisco.

Thereafter, concurrent breakout sessions will look at how IT is evolving and where it is heading, with three more keynotes scheduled.

The vendors will also display their products and services at a trade show.

Golemme said it will be a good opportunity to learn about the latest in IT technology from a variety of sources.

“When it comes to IT and your business,we have at least one vendor representing each niche of the industry.”

Graycon has held a similar TechShow for the past nine years in Kelowna, B.C., said Golemme.

This year, the decision was made to also hold conferences in Saskatoon, Sask., and Red Deer.

The events are designed for business owners and managers, as well as IT professionals and others with an interest in the industry.

Kelowna, Saskatoon and Red Deer — all of which have Graycon offices — were chosen because they aren’t inundated with high-profile vendors, as is the case in bigger cities like Calgary, said Golemme.

“Red Deer is a growing business market. This type of event is a great opportunity for attendees to connect one-on-one with high profile vendors and also have the chance to network with other businesses in the community. .”

However, companies from Calgary and Edmonton have been registering for the Red Deer TechShow, she noted.

Golemme is confident Graycon’s TechShow will return to Red Deer next year.

“We’ve seen a huge response from clients and prospects alike in the community, so we’re looking forward to making this an annual event.”

Red Deer 2014 TechShow will take place at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel, beginning with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and wrapping up at 4 p.m.

Participants are asked to register in advance by going online to graycon.com and clicking on TechShow.

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