If you enjoy classic rock music, then you’re probably a fan of “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” by The Clash (and maybe you’ve spent a lot of time singing it in your car and shower!).
Well, last month we asked if you’ll be staying or going to any in-person IT conferences this year, now that they’re finally returning to the scene after about a two-year pause. Here’s a look at some of your responses.
There’s No Place Like Home (Unless You Have Travel Budget)
Two-thirds of respondents (66%) said they are not planning to attend any in-person IT conferences this year. This isn’t because they wouldn’t love to jump on a flight and connect with their fellow geeks from around the world. It’s mostly because they don’t have the budget. At least, not yet! Here are some resources that may be helpful in your quest to get the funding you need:
- “How to Get Your Manager to Approve Conference Attendance” by The Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM)
- “6 Ways to Convince Your Boss to Let You Travel for Business” by Inc.
- “How to Convince Your Boss to Send You to a Conference” by ClearImpact
- “How to Ask Your Boss to Attend a Conference” by TechRecruit
Where You’re Going in 2022
So, if two-thirds of respondents are (for the time-being) not planning on attending any in-person IT conferences this year, what about the rest of you? Here is where some of you are going (or hoping to go) in the months ahead:
- 2022 EUC Masters Retreat, Scottsdale, AZ, April 8-10
- PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit 2022, Bellevue, WA, April 25-28
- Dell Technologies World, Las Vegas, NV, May 2-5
- Devolutions’ ITSec: Quebec's IT Security Summit, Saint-Hyacinthe (Montreal), Quebec, June 9
- HPE Discover 2022, Las Vegas, NV, June 28-30
- Black Hat USA, Las Vegas, NV, August 6-11
- VMworld 2022, San Francisco, CA, August 29 – September 1
- Big Data Expo, Utrecht, the Netherlands, September 14-15
- SQL Server Live! 360, Orlando, FL, November 13-18
- Black Hat Europe, London, England, December 5-8
We hope those of you who are fortunate to travel this year have a great time as you learn new ideas, meet new people, and bring home lots of goodies (you can never have enough flash drives!).
The Winners Are
And now, let’s announce the two poll participants who were randomly selected to each win a $25 Amazon gift card: congratulations to Ana George and Richard Faulkner! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Please stay tuned for the April poll, which will be available very soon!