February 28 – March 1, 2013. Channel Partners Telecom is, we hear, “the gathering point for the IT and Telecom Channel”. As the Cloud, Data Center, WAN and Security take center stage in the business technology and communications space, VARs MSPs and Agents — about 30,000 of them in total – converged at the Channel Partners event to get the scoop on IT and Telecom exhibitors, and to take in more than 25 hours of education. A Keynote roundtable asked “What Do Business Customers Want From Technology & Channel Partners?” Meanwhile the main keynote, “Creating Business Value in the Cloud”, examined how the PC era is giving way to the cloud era. “That changes everything. All of the rules are turned upside down. Yesterday’s exceptions are today’s assumptions”, we were told. A training session on Application Integration in Action pointed out how traditional phone systems are like islands of technology, functioning completely outside the key systems that run the business. Some kind of wrong number?
Dec. 3-5, 2012. This gathering is trumpeted as “the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training conference”. The Training, Simulation and Modeling Industry, we heard, has a very important job to do in providing the best of training, equipment and simulation technologies for the forces in the field. I/ITSEC as a conference strives to meet these important and ever-changing needs. Delegates at this event seem to understand that training is a core process in a successful and modern business. In successful organizations, training is continuous, pervasive and institutionalized, we heard. These players came to I/ITSEC to find the resources that they need to adapt to the new tasks and threats of tomorrow. There were over 4,000 attendees, plus over 8,500 Industry/Government/Academia personnel. 2,000 attendees were foreigners from over 50 countries. Hey, this is “computing without borders”, already…
Nov. 11-15, 2012. SC? Something to do with South Carolina, maybe? Nope. SC tells us it is the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. This year SC12 took a major step forward not only in supercomputing, but in super-conferencing, with everything designed to make the 2012 conference the most user-friendly on record. There they were, streamlining conference information and moving to a virtually real-time method of determining technical program thrusts. No more pre-determined technical themes picked far in advance! Through social media, data mining and active polling, they were pinpointing what IT technical interests and issues emerge throughout the year. (Might even inspire us to do some super-synopsis-writing….)
Dec. 16-19, ICIS stands for International Conference on Information Systems. The major annual meeting of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), which has over 4,000 members representing universities in over 95 countries worldwide. It is a prestige gathering of academics and practitioners in the IS discipline, and provides a forum for the sharing of ideas and scientific work among Information Systems-related professions. Over 1,000 IS academic professionals from around the world participated in the conference program, which included about 60 sessions and 180 presentations, in addition to keynotes, CIO panels, and research panels. This year’s theme was Digital Innovation in the Service Economy. So it looks like digital is at the service of the economy. Nice to know….
Aug. 13-15, 2012. SpeechTEK is the world’s biggest conference and exhibition dedicated exclusively to speech technology. Welcome to the global network of speech technology providers developing and implementing speech solutions. This show was about customer interactions. Topics addressed included Voice Interaction Design, Customer Experience, and Technology Advances. Attendees could concentrate on specific topics by going to virtual tracks—sequences of presentations devoted to topics such as multimodal applications, cross-channel applications, and speaker identification and verification. SpeechTEK 2012 was co-located with CRM Evolution, a content-rich program helping sales, marketing, and service professionals to bring their customer relationship efforts to the next level. Given the name of the show, SpeechTEK, it’s no surprise there were plenty of, well…. speeches.
Aug. 5-10, 2012. Share says it’s about “Technology, Connections, Results”. The branches of the IT industries dealt with at this show included application architecture development and integration, communications infrastructure, network management and security, virtualization, storage, data center management, and much besides. Seminar attendees learned about Cloud and Big Data driving IT transformation. A general session looked at Crossing the Generations Divide: Leveraging the Power of the Generations for Your Strategic Advantage. Even the daddy products like mainframe computers got a look-in, with a session on Ensuring Mainframe Viability — 30 Minutes on Mainframe Modernization, and another on how to Attract Your Next Generation of Mainframe Developers. Sounds like a kind of IT dating agency….