2017 IT Conferences: What’s Back, What’s New, and What’s Worth The Trip?
The new year is here — and with it, there’s a host of 2017 IT conferences to navigate, evaluate and attend. Here’s a look at what’s back, what’s new and what’s worth the trip for IT teams.
NRF: New York City
Looking for a conference to get 2017 off and running? The National Retail Federation (NRF) conference in New York City on Jan. 15–17 is a good place to start. With Intel CEO Brian Krzanich as the keynote and more than 3,300 retail companies from 94 countries in attendance, you get the latest info on the intersection of IT and retail — critically important in a world now driven by e-commerce and digital purchasing.
Davos WEF: Davos-Klosters, Switzerland
Chances are you won’t be able to hit both the NRF and the Davos World Economic Forum (WEF), but if you’re looking for a global perspective on “improving the state of the world” by collaborating with top leaders from around the globe, it’s worth making the trip to Switzerland for Jan. 17–20.
HIMSS 17: Orlando
Health care is a critical field of growth for many companies, even if they’re only peripherally connected to the health landscape. As the premier health tech and security conference, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference on Feb. 19–23 offers essential insights about current threats and emerging trends to help keep your business at the forefront of medical IT. Better still, there will be great keynotes like former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner and IBM CEO Ginni M. Rometty.
Mobile World Congress: Barcelona
Beyond the location — sometimes a warm-weather conference is just the thing to shake off the winter blues — the Mobile World Congress, which runs Feb. 27–March 2, is a must for any company looking to expand its mobile presence. From sessions on securing the Internet of Things to mobile virtual reality, this far-ranging meetup has everything you need to maximize mobile management and innovation.
IBM InterConnect: Las Vegas
The cloud is now ubiquitous, and it’s on its way to becoming an essential utility for companies and consumers alike. IBM’s popular InterConnect conference on March 19–23 will focus on cloud, cognative, the Internet of Things and digital transformation — and that’s just the beginning.
Granted, the one-day Sports and Entertainment Alliance in Technology (SEAT) conference on July 16 won’t be a best-fit for all companies. But with analytics now a critical part of sports, from hockey to tennis, there’s massive opportunity for both support and development initiatives around the technology’s core value proposition. If you’ve got the bandwidth and the drive, SEAT is a great place to start.
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo: Orlando
Arguably one of the most important 2017 tech conferences, the Gartner Symposium on Oct. 1–5 is designed to help CIOs prepare for disruptive trends and deliver long-term business benefits. Make sure you budget ahead and book well in advance for this extremely popular tech meet-up.
Sibos: Toronto, Ontario
Just a short hop across the border, attendance at Sibos on Oct. 16–19 is a solid bet for any company familiar with Swift’s secure financial messaging services. As more and more corporations and clients choose to shift their financial transactions on to the internet, companies must be prepared to leverage secure services and adapt to new financial messaging innovations.
This year comes with no shortage of IT conferences, and with lots of new tech on the horizon and a host of old favorites returning, preparation is the key. Find your favorites, book early, and come with your game face on to bring back the meeting minutes from these critical conferences.