Unlike previous years, Fall 2009 provides a sparse selection of events for IP communications lovers. Depending on who you want to reach and who you want to talk to, there are a couple of “Must go” events. Everything else is a grab bag.
I think my Big Picture thought here is: Smaller is better. A smaller, more focused event provides more intimate interaction with the people you want to/need to talk to than the mega-event craziness of the past.
Channel/VAR/resellers: IT EXPO West, September 1-3, 2009, Los Angeles Convention Center. Let’s face facts – TMC owns this space when it comes to putting IP telephony and all of its supporting bits together with the vast reseller community.
Enterprise: VoiceCon San Francisco, November 2-5, 2009, San Francisco. This show’s sweet spot is for businesses of 1,000 or more employees. In the casino world, these customers would be called “whales”; big names, big dollars. You just better be able to put a ROI of 6-8 months on the table in these tight times. From a media (i.e. reporter) perspective, the show sponsors are a class act.
Asterisk: AstriCon, October 13-15, 2009, Glendale (Phoenix), Arizona. Sessions for everyone who touches the open source IP telephony platform, from developers to speakers.
HD Communications: Talk to the Jeff (Pulver). He has a two day event in NYC in September, with UK, Australia, and Israel events on deck as well. Yes, there is the O Henry-esque irony of meeting face to face, but sometimes you need that 100 percent presence.