Gartner cancels its main spring conferences


Gartner cancels its main spring conferences

Antony Savvas

Analyst firm Gartner has cancelled its two main spring conferences for IT directors as the recession continues to force companies to cut costs.

Gartner has cancelled its Spring Symposium/ITxpo in Las Vegas and Barcelona.

The May events are known for pinpointing emerging technologies, but are usually less well attended than the analyst's autumn conferences, like in Cannes.

Analyst relations blog SageCircle broke news of the cancellations. Gartner told SageCircle, "Every year, as a normal course of business planning, we conduct a thorough review of our worldwide event portfolio and make adjustments based on the trends and performance of individual events.

"As a result of this review, we have decided to cancel this year's Spring Symposium/ITxpo in Las Vegas and Barcelona. While a number of factors influenced this decision, the primary reason for the change is the current macro economic environment and its anticipated impact on attendee travel and overall event attendance."

Earlier this month, Gartner made almost 120 staff redundant in the US.

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