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Tight travel budgets and increasing numbers of virtual tradeshows and Webinars have put a crimp in the technology tradeshow business. Thus, you'll find fewer listings in our latest annual event calendar (about 100 for 2010 versus more than 120 in 2009). But plenty of venerable shows and a few promising new shows managed to keep the throngs coming in 2009, so you'll find a rich selection of learning and networking opportunities for 2010.
Among 2009’s brand spanking new shows that are set to return in 2010 are Predictive Analytics World and TDWI's Solution Summit -- the latter focusing on the hot topics of master data management, data quality and data governance. Also riding the waves of growing interest are the eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit (with an expanded global lineup) and Text Analytics Summit, which marks its sixth U.S. running with a March event set for Boston.
Venerable events changing venues in 2010 include Gartner's Business Intelligence Summit, which gives up Washington, D.C., and moves west to Las Vegas (at Caesars Palace) for this year's mid-April run. Gartner has also moved its Business Process Management Summit to Vegas (at Mandalay Bay). Apparently, Washington, D.C.'s inaugural afterglow is over, so it's on to the less-than-civic-minded city of sin. (Prediction: the BI Summit will be back in Chicago for 2011.)
Not everybody is giving up on D.C., however. The Gov 2.0 Expo, for instance, visits the Washington Convention Center in late May, while the topically diverse (BPM, SOA, architecture, rules management and cloud computing) Brainstorm DC event visits the Capitol in September. (To the relief of some, few 2010 tech shows appear to be revisiting the remote island of development that is the Gaylord National Resort Hotel.)
If you want steady-as-she-goes conference planning, TDWI's winter, spring, summer and fall World Congress events will make their usual seasonal migrations from Vegas to Chicago to San Diego and then on to Orlando, respectively. And with the changing seasons in mind, what better time than late March for Cloud Connect (though you'll no doubt see clear skies above the Santa Clara, Calif., Convention Center)?
No doubt details for many summits and expos in the second half of the year have yet to be pinned down. But we'll be on the lookout for shows that have yet to be scheduled and we'll continue adding events throughout the year. In the meantime, click here for the complete Intelligent Enterprise 2010 Event Calendar; go ahead and start planning for education and networking in 2010.
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