Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is UNITE?
A: UNITE is the International Unisys User Association. Our principal objective is to promote and provide for the interchange of information among attendees in the development and use of IT to meet their current and future goals. UNITE is an acronym for UNisys Information Technology Exchange.
Q: Is UNITE run by Unisys?
A: UNITE is a volunteer organization run by members for the benefit of all of the members. The UNITE Board of Directors are elected by the UNITE members and, together with the appointed Conference Planning Team, serve to coordinate all of the activities of the organization. In addition, a full-time paid office staff is employed to perform the activities of the UNITE Business Office.
Q: How do I join UNITE? How much does it cost?
A: It’s easy to join UNITE -- simply attend a conference and you become a member. There are no additional costs (beyond that of conference registration fees) for membership.
Q: What are the benefits of membership in UNITE?
A: UNITE members benefit in many ways both at a conference and between conferences. There are the conference related benefits of technical information exchange, access to third party vendors, technical education (sessions, workshops), access to Unisys product announcements, and the ability to meet with Unisys technical staff and executives. Between conferences, members can access the minutes from Board of directors meetings and other news and information on the UNITE web page. Access to web sites for Unisys and third party vendors is provided via the UNITE web site. UNITE also coordinates the resolution process between members and Unisys. In addition, UNITE acts as the united voice of the membership with which we communicate with Unisys at all levels (including senior executives) to share the needs and wishes of the UNITE members with our primary vendor. Members may also vote in all elections and on all issues submitted to the membership.
Q: What can I do to help UNITE?
A: Since UNITE is a volunteer organization, we depend on our members to act in a variety of roles both during and between conferences. You can volunteer in a variety of ways – as session moderators who coordinate each session at a conference, as Conference Planning and Working Group officers that plan the conferences and seek out speakers, on appointed committees and task forces for various research activities, on the Election Committee that coordinates the annual elections, or as speakers at a conference.
Q: When are your conferences?
A: The UNITE Technology Conference is our annual meeting (when elections are held and financial reports are provided to the membership). The Technology Conference is generally held in May.
Q: Where are the conferences held?
A: Conferences are held at various conference facilities around the country to try to make conferences accessible to organizations across the country. The following list identifies the past and future sites for UNITE conferences.
Spring 1994 NASHVILLE, TN
Fall 1994 LAS VEGAS, NV
Spring 1995 ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA
Fall 1995 ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Spring 1996 NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Fall 1996 PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Spring 1997 RENO, NEVADA
Fall 1997 MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
Spring 1998 VALLEY FORGE, PENNSYLVANIA
Fall 1998 RENO, NEVADA
Spring 1999 IRVINE, CALIFORNIA
Fall 1999 MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
Spring 2000 CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY (Greater Philadelphia Area)
Fall 2000 NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
2001 PHOENIX, ARIZONA
2002 BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
2003 RENO, NEVADA
2004 PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
2005 MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
2006 ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
2007 VALLEY FORGE, PENNSYLVANIA
2008 ORLANDO, FLORIDA
2009 MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA
2010 BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
2011 ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
Q: Who can attend the UNITE conferences?
A: Anyone who is employed by an organization that has an interest in the success of solutions in environments that include Unisys hardware, software, and/or services, and supports the purposes of UNITE may be a member of UNITE. This includes, but is not limited to Unisys customers, complementary vendors, consultants, and Unisys employees.
Q: What is the Focus of the Technology Conference?
A: The Technology Conference focuses on all aspects of IT and provides an introduction to/overview of a variety of generic and system specific topics as well as a good selection of detailed technical sessions. In addition, the Technology Conference serves as UNITE’s annual meeting at which elections are held for the Board of Directors.
Q: How much does it cost to attend a conference?
A: Conference registration fees vary depending on the location and the cost of the facility at which the conference is held.
Q: Who attends UNITE conferences?
A: A wide variety of IT professionals attend UNITE conferences -- programmers, analysts, software engineers, database administrators, operations managers, programming managers, technical support staff, IT directors, and CIOs have all attended UNITE conferences. These people work for a cross-section of both commercial and government organizations. In addition, representatives from third-party vendors also attend UNITE conferences.
Q: Who from Unisys attends UNITE conferences?
A: Unisys attendees include executives and senior management, product / program managers, technical managers, software engineers, and other individuals representing a large number of organizations within Unisys.
Q: How can I speak at a conference?
A: Simply complete and submit a "Call for Presentation" form (one can be found here Call For Presentations Form) or contact the UNITE Business Office at
Q: What happens at a conference?
A: Conferences include an extensive collection of technical and management sessions, a product/service exhibit hall featuring many Unisys-related third party vendors, and a number of social events. They provide an opportunity to interact with other delegates who work in similar situations.