20 must-attend IT events of 2016

calendar IT eventsMark your calendars and get your travel bag packed – you better get ready for the top IT conferences scheduled for 2016. While there are hundreds of IT events this year around the globe, we’ve narrowed down the 20 events that you don’t want to miss. So get busy writing the proposal that convinces your boss to allow you to attend these events in 2016:

IBM Connect 2016: Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Orlando, Florida

Discuss today’s most effective solutions for enterprise with some of the most highly regarded developers and executives in the IT industry.

InterConnect 2016: Feb. 21-25 in Las Vegas

Get hands-on training to take your cloud and mobile solutions to the next level with industry leaders and IBM experts.

Cisco Partners Summit 2016: Feb. 29–March 3 in San Diego

Attendees will discuss the future of business IT and their role in it.

HIMSS Conference & Exhibition: Feb. 29-March 4 in Las Vegas

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference and Exhibition reels in 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, and executives from all over the world. Learn about cutting-edge technology that will shape the future of health care.

NJ-GMIS TEC Conference: April 7 in Somerset, New Jersey

This one-day conference focuses on a number of IT initiatives that impact the public sector, such as social media, public safety, and more.

EMC World 2016 Quantum Leap: May 2-5 in Las Vegas

Topics slated to be covered in EMC’s annual event include storage, data protection, and the cloud.

Lenovo Accelerate: May 9-11 in Orlando

A detailed agenda is still in the works, but save the date! Be one of the first to witness Lenovo’s newest products and attend breakout sessions led by industry leaders.

SAP Sapphire Now/ASUG Annual Conference: May 17-19 in Orlando, Florida

Why go? Two conferences for the price of one! This year the conference is hosted by SAP and ASUG, giving you the opportunity to network with twice as many executives, partners, experts, and customers.

HPE Discover: June7-9 in Las Vegas

Join more than 10,000 IT leaders for three days to learn about the next big things in IT that can revolutionize your business.

ISTE 2016: June 26-29 in Denver

One of the biggest education technology conferences, ISTE boasts 500 companies and 16,000 educators in attendance, as well as 1,000 sessions. Learn how to bring classroom tech to the next level.

Cisco Live: July 10-14 in Las Vegas

This year, Cisco Live is focusing on the Internet of Everything with trainings and keynotes given by the best IT professionals in the industry.

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference: July 10-14 in Toronto

The WPC gathers more than 15,000 attendees from across the globe for five days of learning, networking, and strategizing about business growth. If you want to strengthen your partnership with Microsoft, attendance is a must.

NASTD Annual Conference & Technology Showcase: Aug. 21-25 in Washington, DC

The National Association of State Technology Directors hosts several regional seminars throughout the year, but if you’re in state government, you shouldn’t miss the Annual Conference and Technology Showcase.

VMworld 2016: Aug. 28–Sept. 1 in Las Vegas

VMworld is five days of all things virtualization and cloud computing, complete with hands-on labs, panels, education sessions, and exhibits. The conference started out with only 1,600 attendees in 2004 to now attract more 20,000 from all over the world.

NASCIO 2016 Annual Conference: Sept. 17-21 in Orlando, Florida

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers Annual Conference spans five days and will cover state CIOs’ top 10 priorities in 2016.

MS Ignite 2016: Sept. 26-30 in Atlanta

MS Ignite is for the forward thinkers looking for the next big thing in IT. With more than 700 sessions, interactive labs, and direct access to product experts, this conference is well worth the trip.

Gartner IT Symposium: Oct. 16-20 in Orlando, Florida

Heralded as the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives, Gartner takes feedback obtained from the previous year’s conference and key players in IT to craft a better symposium each year.

Dell World: Oct. 18-20 in Austin, Texas

Each year Dell World gives attendees hands-on access to the company’s latest hardware and software releases, and provides an opportunity to network with Dell experts and other IT professionals.

Educause Annual Conference: Oct. 25-28 in Anaheim, California

Brainstorm with like-minded individuals about the state of higher education IT, and how to make it better for students across the country.

AWS re:Invent: Nov. 28-Dec. 2 in Las Vegas

An agenda is still in the works, but you won’t want to miss it. AWS re:Invent is one of the biggest events for mobility, cloud, and web services, and it’s ideal for developers, engineers, system architects, and tech decision makers.

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