Best Tech Conferences for IT Professionals

Posted on April 05, 2016
 

Are you looking for the best conferences or events to attend to learn what’s new in the IT world? We’ve put together the top conferences and organized them according to topic to help you choose the ones you want to attend in 2016.

Top Up-and-Coming Conferences

Spiceworld: Every year, SpiceWorks™ organizes this event to bring together IT pros and tech marketers to learn, meet, and share IT tech tips. Attendees have access to more than 50 IT and marketing sessions, and more than 60 expert speakers who deliver presentations on all things IT.
ILTACON: This four-day educational conference draws on the experience and success of professionals who employ technology within law firms and legal departments. A conference committee of more than 40 peers develops all the educational content presented at the conference.

Top Bang-for-Your-Buck Conference

AWS re:Invent: This is the largest global cloud community gathering. Attendees learn about new technologies that have just been released in the AWS marketplace and get hands-on experience with AWS problem solving.
PASS SQLSaturday: This one-day training event is aimed at SQL Server® professionals. Local speakers provide a variety of high-quality technical sessions, and volunteers make the whole event possible.
Dreamforce®: Salesforce® hosts this annual conference to bring together thought leaders, industry pioneers, and thousands of IT pros. It features keynote addresses, training sessions, and opportunities to network and earn certifications.

Free User Conferences

VMUGs: The VMware® User Group (VMUG) is created to maximize members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge-sharing, training, collaboration, and events. Attendees get to see tech and virtualization management organizations showcasing their capabilities to manage VMware infrastructure. VMware also organizes the VMware Technical User Group (VTUG), which informs IT pros about ways to make better decisions in their virtual environment.
Microsoft® Cloud Roadshow: The Microsoft Cloud Roadshow is a free, two-day technical training event for IT pros and developers. It offers best practices and insights directly from experts who build and run the cloud services across Office 365®, Microsoft Azure™ and Windows® 10.
Oracle® CloudWorld: This event brings together professionals and technologies in cloud, social, mobile, and big data, and shows how these areas are transforming the way business works. The event allows visitors to explore modern approaches to boosting sales, building brands, supporting customers, empowering employees, creating apps, and managing information.

Top Have-to-Be-There Conferences

OpenStack Summit: This gathering of IT leaders, telco operators, cloud administrators, app developers, and OpenStack contributors focuses on the idea of building the future of cloud computing. Attendees can hear business cases and operational experience directly from users, learn about new products in the ecosystem, and participate in hands-on workshops.
Cisco® Live: This is the premier education and training destination for IT professionals worldwide. The Cisco Live community helps you enhance your skills though global in-person events, live webcasts, and on-demand training focused on Cisco products, solutions, and services.
Interop: This event showcases the latest in network infrastructure. It offers ways to leverage the applications and technologies the network supports to help attendees get the tools they need to elevate drive business success.

Top Conferences That Get You Ahead

Google® I/O: This is Google’s premier event for developers from all types of technology platforms. Attendees see organizations and developers showcasing their products and have access to Google’s upcoming technologies through various seminars and sessions.
OSCON: Here is where the open source community gathers to celebrate achievements, spark new ideas, and map the future of open computing through collaboration and education.
DEF CON: This is one of the world's largest annual hacker conventions. Attendees include computer security professionals, journalists, lawyers, federal government employees, security researchers, and hackers with a general interest in software, computer architecture, phone phreaking, hardware modification, and anything else that can be cracked.

Top Monitoring Events

thwackCamp™: This is SolarWinds' virtual learning event that provides IT pros with intermediate to advanced educational content.
Monitorama: Focused on open source monitoring and hacking, Monitorama brings leading open source developers, Web operations experts, and associated thought leaders together. Attendees gain insights into the tools and techniques that are being used in use some of the largest Web architectures in the world.
DevOps Days: This one-day conference brings development and operations professionals together to improve the interaction and integration processes between these two traditional silos.