Conferences give IT leaders the chance to expand their knowledge, learn about the newest tools and trends, converse with like-minded peers, network, and develop innovative ideas and solutions to bring back to their organization.
There is no shortage of conferences to choose from either. For tech professionals, there is a conference for almost every niche, from application development to healthcare IT security. Some conferences are designed for IT leadership and address the issues and hot topics that CIOs are most concerned about. In this blog, we’ve compiled some of the best conferences for CIOs and other tech leaders.
Techweek hosts many conferences in various locations throughout the year. Each event has a tech-based focus and has featured speakers from companies like Reddit, BuzzFeed, and Uber.
If there is a conference in your location, it is definitely worth attending. It gives CIOs the opportunity to network and make local business connections.
Plus, you can attend the expo portion and check out the newest tech products like collaboration tools, 3D printers, and wireless presentation software for free. If you’re lucky enough to receive an invitation to their private summit, you will be exclusively surrounded by C-suite executives that care about technology’s role in business.
Gartner CIO Leadership Forum
The Gartner CIO Leadership Forum is happening from February 21-23, in Phoenix Arizona. Being hosted by one of the top thought leaders and technology organizations in the world, you can imagine that the agenda will be filled with valuable events. The organization uses its annual CIO survey to identify the most pressing issues for leaders today, and then builds its agenda around those.
Even though, TechCrunch Disrupt is over for this year but if you are a CIO at a startup company, TechCrunch Disrupt is one of the hottest events to attend. The conferences are held in different cities around the world, each highlighting innovative tech ideas and talent with pitch competitions and guest speakers. Well-known business leaders like Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer and Gemini bitcoin exchange founders, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have spoken at past events.
The latest ITExpo took place in Anaheim, California in early October. Guests and speakers from some of the top tech companies in the world presented on topics affecting tech leadership teams. The annual event has dozens of seminars and workshops on numerous tech trends like content marketing, Skype for Business, and more for CIOs and tech professionals.
Oracle Open World
At the Oracle OpenWorld Conference, attendees can custom-build their experience by picking and choosing sessions ranging from a number of IT topics like cloud, big data, or mobile. They can also narrow their session choices by their company’s industry. Of course, the event focuses on Oracle products. However, if your organization is using their products, it is the perfect opportunity to learn more about them. Plus, there are other exhibitors and attendees from companies around the world, making it the prime place to network with IT leaders.
The best IT conferences help inspire CIOs to think of innovative solutions for their organization. By listening to successful leaders and interacting with others in the field, they can return to their companies rejuvenated and ready to turn those ideas into meaningful actions. What tech conferences will you be attending this year?