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Making the Most of HP Discover: My Top 7 Tips



Photo courtesy Karl Kovacs


You’ve registered for HP Discover (using the promo code “Expert”), booked your flight and hotel. Now comes the difficult task, filling your time. If you’re part of the ExpertOne community, (you’ve got your learner ID right?) you have to decide which sessions to attend, when to visit the ExpertOne lounge, set aside free time, and figure out how to spend the rest of your time in Las Vegas. Here’s a list of my top 7 (must do) activities for ExpertOne certified professionals. Everyone is welcome to join me, with the exception of one activity. It’s exclusive for our Master ASEs.


Pre-Event Training

If you haven’t already booked your pre-event training, it might be too late. Most of the classes have waiting lists but there are a few openings. Contact me directly if you’ll be in Las Vegas for the weekend prior to HP Discover and have time to sit in a certification class (some restriction apply).


I’ve participated in pre-event training and I can tell you, after an intensive weekend of compressed and long training days, mustering energy for the rest of the week can be a challenge. I tip my hat to everyone who’s ever participated in pre-event training and those hardy souls attending pre-event training this year. If you didn’t know, pre-event training is included with the registration fee for HP Discover. Every class being offered costs more than the price of admission. What a fantastic deal! You can take certification training, sit the related exams and obtain a new or updated certification while at HP Discover.


Pearson VUE Test Center

This year, you get two free exams and the option to purchase three more at half price. We haven’t setup the process yet, but as soon as everything’s ready, I’ll post another update. Take this as a reminder. You need your HP Learner ID to sign up for a free exam. You’ll want your Learner ID memorized before the exams are prepped and ready to go.


General Sessions

  • Opening General Session – Tuesday June 11 from 4:00-5:30pm
  • Expo Reception – Starts Tuesday, 5:30pm. Drop by the community space and our booth on the Discover Zone floor and say hi!
  • General Session – Wednesday morning from 8:30am-10:30am

If you haven’t recently attended HP Discover, I’ll give you fair warning. General sessions fill fast so if you want a seat, get there early and get a good seat.


ExpertOne Sessions

RT3343 – Explore your path to mastering data center transformation

If you want to know more about our HP ExpertOne Master Accredited Solutions Expert Converged Infrastructure Architect certification, this is the session you don’t want to miss. Isaac Blake and Russ Wagner will share the journey, challenges and rewards every MASE Converged Infrastructure Architect receives. You’ll hear stories from certification holders as well as get board member feedback on the skills that matter most.


RT3345 – A conversation with HP chief technology officers

Join HP thought leaders as they share the latest product roadmaps and discuss how upcoming HP solutions will help you drive real business results with the help of industry leading ExpertOne certifications.


HP Discover Celebration Party

I don’t know who we’ve lined up for the party but if it’s anything like past years, this will be a must attend event! It’s Wednesday night from 8:30pm - 10:30pm. I'm looking forward to this year's legendary performer.


ExpertOne Lounge Round Table Sessions

You must have an HP Learner ID to get into the lounge, but don’t worry, we’ll sign you up at the door, and it doesn’t take more than a few minutes.

This year, we have distinguished technologists joining us in the ExpertOne lounge, leading roundtable discussions covering Converged Cloud, HP Networking, ProLiant servers and HP Storage.

We’ll have a lot of activities, sessions and give-a-ways in the lounge. I’ll be dedicating an entire article on the ExpertOne lounge.  You don’t want to miss the excitement and activity.


Master ASE Special Event

For all you Master ASEs (we’re expecting close to 400 at HP Discover), plan on attending a special event for our Master ASE community. This year the event is on Wednesday evening in the HP ExpertOne lounge prior to the big concert.


If you haven’t registered for HP Discover, make sure you do it ASAP and use the promo code “Expert” to receive your ExpertOne discount.


HP ExpertOne Information

Click here for more information on our ExpertOne program. You can sign-up for your HP Learner ID too!

For late-breaking news, follow me on Twitter @HPExpertOne.

Join our ExpertOne LinkedIn group for great conversation, tips and program information.

If you’re not on LinkedIn or prefer Google+, join our brand new ExpertOne G+ community!

Thank you,

Karl Kovacs
Global Sales and Partner Enablement
About the Author


20+ years in IT, including data center architect, pre-sales engineer, certification development and management. Passion for technology, gadgets and the outdoors. Always looking for ways to blend them together in one big adventure.

Venu Cherukuri

Hi Carl,


I am an ExpertOne member and I have a learners ID. Do I have to register for "HP Discover" using the promo code "Expert" to avail all the ExpertOne benefits such as Pre Event Training, Free Certification exams, round tables, etc.


Also can you please let me know when can I find the details about Pre Event Training?


Hi Venu. You can use "Expert" when registering to recieve your $300 discount. The pre-event training and 2 free certification exams are available to all ExpertOne members.


You will be able to sign-up for certication exams either next week or the week after.  Keep checking the HP Discover website


Pre-Event Training

You can send me an email and I will respond with any open slots.


karl . kovacs @ hp . com (remove blank spaces)


thank you,



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