Interex, the user group for Hewlett-Packards systems customers, has disbanded and canceled next months HP World show in San Francisco.
Interex officials on the groups Web site this month cited financial reasons for shutting down, calling the decision unavoidable. The 31-year-old organization had 100,000 members.
“It is with great sadness that, after 31 years, we have found it financially necessary to close the doors at Interex,” said the message on the site. “We dearly wish that we could have continued supporting your needs, but it was unavoidable.”
The cancellation of HP World comes after HP officials last year said they intended to host a show of their own and tried to bring the major user groups together to back it. Another user group, Encompass, agreed to host a show with HP last year, but Interex decided to continue with its HP World conference. HP, with Encompass, is holding its HP Technology Forum in New Orleans in September.