Increased IT industry confidence, and a desire to get close to the senior IT user community has brought a burgeoning number of events, seminars, exhibitions, roundtables and conferences for 2007.
First places in the diary are likely to be those corporate IT user oriented events that have stood the test of time. These include two major shipborne conferences.
The first is the IT Directors Forum from 6-9 June on board the cruise ship Oriana. Some 350 IT
directors from all vertical sectors except financial services will attend. Its sister event, City IT, is held in November. Limited to the financial services sector, it attracts upwards of 150 IT directors.
These conferences are funded by suppliers and involve IT directors committing to supplier meetings. This formula has been adopted by other organisations such as Ithaca Business Media, which runs the Triple i conference, taking place in Silverstone on 23-25 September.
Other notable events include the Communications Management Association conference in London on 7-8 February; the Healthcare Computing Conference & Exhibition in Harrogate on 20-22 March; and Infosecurity Europe, the UK’s largest IT security exhibition and conference on 24-26 April in London.
The first of Gartner’s European ITxpo conferences takes place in Barcelona on 20-23 May. The second is in Cannes on 4-8 November. Forrester Research holds its annual European conference in Edinburgh on 11-13 June.
Storage Expo, the UK’s largest storage exhibition, takes place in London on 17-18 October.
There is also a stream of regular events for user member organisations such as CIO-Connect, the Corporate IT Forum, BCS Elite, the Computer Weekly 500 Club and the National Computing Centre.
There are also well established occasions for meeting suppliers. The Regent Conference (8 February in London) is attended by several hundred chief executives from suppliers. CeBIT in Hannover on 15-21 March is Europe’s largest business IT and communications exhibition.
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