Have you noticed how many IT events there are these days? Hardly a week goes by without a vendor or industry association hosting a conference, get-together, training or enablement session for their partners, customers or members. So many events, so little time!
We all know the benefits of attending events, such as networking, keeping up to date with the latest innovations and trends, generating new business contacts, and maybe even finding our next job. But with so many options to choose from, and as many of us develop ‘event fatigue’, how do we know which are the most interesting and valuable industry events to put on our calendar?
The good news is we’ve done the hard work for you. Here are 5 industry events we think you should seriously consider attending this year.
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference
Microsoft WPC brings together over 15,000 attendees from around the globe for a week of networking and learning—all with the goal of increasing partner profitability and accelerating business growth. If you’re interested in growing your business and strengthening your Microsoft partnership, then WPC is a must-attend event.
Gartner Catalyst Conference
August 15 -18
San Diego, CA
Gartner promotes this event as providing “practical solutions, actionable advice & principled objectivity in ways you won’t find anywhere else”. Technically focused & committed to pragmatic, how-to content, Gartner Catalyst Conference is designed to leave you with a blueprint for project planning & execution.
August 28 – Sept 1
Las Vegas, NV
VMworld 2016 is four full days of innovation to accelerate your journey to a software-defined business—from mobile devices to the data center and the cloud.
Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit
September 19 – 21
Las Vegas, NV
The Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit is a forum for executives in the hosting, cloud computing, data center, and Internet infrastructure sectors. Hosted by 451 Research, the agenda provides insights and offers practical guidance on designing and implementing effective IT strategies.
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC)
October 19 – 21
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and touted as "the world's largest gathering of women technologists." The GHC has been around for 20 years, and this year they expect some 15,000 attendees. Last year's conference included tech luminaries such as Hadi Partovi (CEO of code.org) and Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook.
Can’t get out of the office? The good news is that many of these events live-stream presentations and key content, so you won’t feel like you’re missing out. Happy eventing!