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Vegas Lights Dimmer This Fall -- No Comdex

The curtain has fallen on the renowned tradeshow, at least for this year. A combination of industry downturns, shrinking crowds, tighter budgets and a plethora of other reasons have resulted in the current owners of Comdex canceling the show for 2004. Their plan is to brainstorm a total redesign and repackaging, which would debut in 2005.

Still, as retired IBM channel executive David Boucher says, "An era has passed. It's like not having the Super Bowl."

Read more about the Comdex Cancellation, plus reaction from industry execs at CRN.