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Fall IT Events: On The Road Again With 10 Top Picks

Fall IT conferences and trade shows are right around the corner. Browse these events focused on networking, cloud, data centers, and storage, and start planning for a fantastic fall.
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It has become a way of life in the IT world. Conference seasons wax and wane, but remain one of the best ways to get practical information and make contacts with vendors and other IT pros.

The spring conference and trade show schedule ramps up in March, and dies out in June. Then, as soon as the Independence Day celebrations fall silent, it's time for IT professionals to start looking at autumn -- even August -- travel.

Here's a quick look at some upcoming events around the US that deal with technologies including networking, cloud, data centers, storage, and security.

This listing is only a sample. Let us know in a comment which events -- listed here or not -- you plan to attend, where they are, and what you hope to learn in your travels.

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Jim Connolly is a versatile and experienced technology journalist who has reported on IT trends for more than two decades. He has written about enterprise computing, the PC revolution, client/server, the evolution of the Internet, networking, IT management, and the ongoing ... View Full Bio

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Jeff Jerome
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Jeff Jerome,
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9/30/2014 | 7:46:08 PM
Re: Fall conference planning
@aditshar1 - It all comes down to point of view, good enough, better than nothing or the best experience available.  Or framed another way, "Speed - Quality - Cost Choose any two".
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9/30/2014 | 5:27:39 PM
Re: Fall conference planning
@Jeff, I cannot deny your point about importance of in person meet, but again we also understand cost cutting and tighten budgets love this kind technology arrangements.
@david__allen
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@david__allen,
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9/30/2014 | 3:39:36 PM
Re: Fall conference planning
@Jeff its networking at its basic level, some people can live without it, while others need it. No matter how big you are it is always great to speak to somebody who has experience in the field.
Jeff Jerome
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Jeff Jerome,
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9/29/2014 | 6:03:24 PM
Re: Fall conference planning
@ David your comment "While technology has made it possible for anyone around the world to experience conference or event atmosphere. But while this is great it can never replace actually being there in person, the buzz of the event means everything" is absolutely true.  Plus the people you meet, conversations, actual social interactive conversatins that build real relationships is part of the long term benefits of events.  I have attended on line events and they may be better than nothing but the experience is guided and limited.
@david__allen
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@david__allen,
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9/29/2014 | 2:29:58 PM
Re: Fall conference planning
While technology has made it possible for anyone around the world to experience conference or event atmosphere. But while this is great it can never replace actually being there in person, the buzz of the event means everything.
Jeff Jerome
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Jeff Jerome,
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7/31/2014 | 11:04:39 PM
Re: Fall conference planning
Marcia - Good point about certain levels of travel expense reduction.  And some of these shows have attempted to do a virtual event, but the experience is completely different from being there.  And the people you meet at a show can make a huge impact.
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7/31/2014 | 10:49:41 PM
Re: Fall conference planning
I've always wondered who makes up this minority of extremely lucky people who get to have their companies pay for them to attend an event, along with flight and hotel accomodations, that they would gladly pay for themselves if they did not have to work and had piles of cash lying around.
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7/30/2014 | 3:55:50 PM
Re: Fall conference planning
Right @James. Webinars and online meetings are certainly convenient, but the face-to-face meetings are invaluable.

 
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7/30/2014 | 10:48:25 AM
Re: Fall conference planning
@Pablo. That's the value of face-to-face.
Pablo Valerio
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7/30/2014 | 10:29:01 AM
Re: Fall conference planning
@James, I agree! 

That was in the days I worked for hardware vendors. The important thing was to meet as many customers as possible.

Nowadays I go to conferences with the goal of learning something and meeting interesting people.
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