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Misco Expo 12: Windows 8, cloud computing among key seminars

It's now just nine days to go until Misco Expo 12, (opens in new tab) one of the UK's biggest technology showcases, is set to light up London's historic, Grade II listed Old Billingsgate exhibition and conference centre, and interested parties are encouraged to register immediately (opens in new tab) for the free event.

Still not sure what to expect? Running on Friday 28 September, the day features over 75 leading manufacturers, with the exhibitor directory reading like a who's who of influential tech firms: think Acer, Cisco, Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Panasonic, Samsung, and Toshiba and you're still missing out big names like Asus, Canon, Epson, LG, Sony, and HP.

Additionally, some 1,500 professionals - from small businesses to multinational corporations and public sector organisations - are expected to be in attendance, presenting myriad opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing, not to mention the unfettered access to Misco's expert Enterprise Solutions Provider team that attendees will be able to enjoy.

(opens in new tab)Speaking of specialist knowledge, ITProPortal (ITPP) is excited to be partnering with Misco to bring you the Expo 12 Seminar Series (opens in new tab), which features five keynote speakers keen to share their in-depth insight on some of the key technologies currently transforming the world of IT.

Commencing at 10:30 with a seminar on big data storage, back-up and resource strategies by HP storage development manager Neil Fleming, the headline seminar covers topics including the cloud and mobile data security, while a session on the deployment of apps in educational settings will be given by Apple education mentor Neil Emery.

Delivering a seminar on cloud computing at 11:30 is Ian Moyse, sales director at, who sees this event as an exciting opportunity "to mix with a variety of people, make new contacts and hear the latest customer cloud opinions and questions."

"It is always useful to have up-to-date input from real world users of their thoughts, experiences and continue to gain an understanding of the realities not the marketed hype," he added in an earlier exclusive interview with ITPP.

The final seminar will be delivered at 14:30 by Microsoft's head of technology for partners, James Akrigg, who will demonstrate the business benefits of using Windows 8 and its new 'modern-style' user interface, which can be deployed across multiple devices including PCs, tablets and smartphones. With the new operating system due to roll out in October, it's an especially pertinent opportunity for decision makers and consumers alike to get a glimpse of the software ecosystem Microsoft hopes will transform the way we work.

Expo 12 also boasts an auxiliary mini-keynote series covering more acute areas of interest, including changes to Windows Server licensing, and real-time information payroll software with enterprise experts Sage. Indeed, this year's Misco showcase has been given an earlier start time to allow for the fuller schedule, and still give ample time for attendees to explore the distinctive venue.

Whether you're an IT professional, enterprise leader, or a consumer with an interest in tech, Misco Expo 12 boasts a number of attractive selling points that make next Friday's showcase an unmissable event, so get signed up now - we'll see you there.

James is a freelance editor, journalist, and writer with 10+ years experience in digital media, SEO and news writing. He has produced content on a number of Future sites, including TechRadar, ITProPortal, Tom's Guide, and T3, and was Senior Staff Writer at ITProPortal.