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Hits and misses on the 2013 technology event calendar

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Like people in most industries, IT staffers are being forced to do more with less these days. You may have less staff, but you definitely don't have less work. …

Like people in most industries, IT staffers are being forced to do more with less these days. You may have less staff, but you definitely don't have less work.

It's harder and harder to get out of the office, and you can't possibly attend all the conferences you'd like.

We've taken a look at the calendar for the first half of 2013 to begin helping you plan your calendar. Where's the best training opportunity? Access to executives? Or more importantly, the best band and most swag? Read on.

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  • 1. Hits and misses on the 2013 technology event calendarLike people in most industries, IT staffers are beingforced to do more with less these days. You mayhave less staff, but you definitely dont have lesswork. Its harder and harder to get out of theoffice, and you cant possibly attend all theconferences youd like.Weve taken a look at the calendar for the first halfof 2013 to begin helping you plan your travel.Wheres the best training opportunity? Access toexecutives? OK, who has the best band and mostswag?Read on. Image courtesy of photostock/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net By Jeff Jedras
  • 2. IBM Connect/LotusphereJan 27-29, OrlandoNormally, I wouldnt advise myarch-nemesis to visit Orlando.However, with IBM dropping theiconic Lotus brand, the 2013IBM Lotusphere conference bagcould fetch a pretty penny on e-Bay.Sure, IBM executives Bob Picciano and Michael Rhodin will explain Big Bluesstrategy for mobile. But head to the Swan and Dolphin one last time for theLotus swag clearance bin at the conference store. Everything must go!And bring me back a Lotus Notes notepad.
  • 3. MacWorld Jan. 31-Feb. 2, San Francisco Sure, Macworld doesnt have Apple CEO Tim Cook. Or any other Apple executive. It does have Saturday Night Live comedian Fred Armisen though, who used to do an impression on the program of late Apple messiah Steve Jobs.Strangely, thats missing from the list of characters hes played in his Macworldbiography.Perhaps theyre saving the surprise?
  • 4. HP Global Partner ConferenceFeb. 19-21, Las VegasYou may not be able to makeit, as this is a channel partnerconference and attendance isby invitation only.Still, you may want toconsider hanging around theVenetian and watching forsigns of smoke when MegWhitman delivers herkeynote, and tries to explain how theyaccidentally overvalued Autonomy Plc by $5 billion, give or take a few hundredmillion.It might be soup and sandwiches for lunch this year.
  • 5. CA World Apr. 21-24, Las Vegas Attending CA World has its pros and cons. On the pro side, Richard Branson will deliver a keynote (only a pro if you havent seen him at the 50 other tech conferences he has spoken at). On the con side, the Mandalay Bay is at the far end of the Las Vegas strip.However, CA wants you to go so badly theyve done your homework for you andprovided a downloadable letter of justification in Word format to give your boss.Just remember to replace “Dear [insert name of manager]” before you hand it in.
  • 6. SAP Sapphire Now May 14-16, OrlandoLets get the cons out of the way first:SAP Sapphire is on Orlando. At theOrange County ConventionCenter, one of the largest, and mostisolated, conference centres on thecircuit. SAP may have signed a 99 yearlease, as theyve been year awhile.They did go to Atlanta one year;apparently people preferred Orlandoover downtown Atlanta.They usually have a good concert – Sheryl Crowe, Santana and Eric Claptonhave performed in the past – but its also one of the largest, most session-packed shows around, with a massive exhibit hall.Which means, of course – quality swag.

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