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Cloud Expo 2011 New York Offers Rays of Light

Leading Technology Sponsors and Thousands of Attendees to Brighten Javits Center

I'm returning to the US this week after spending more than a year in Asia. I'm pessimistic about many things, as I recently explained in a separate article.

But let's talk about the rays of light in today's grim global greyness. Let's talk about Cloud Expo.

I don't know much, but I do know that Cloud Expo 2011 New York (at New York's Javits Center June 6-9) presents a golden opportunity for IT managers and executives to see what's on display, listen to the whys and hows of Cloud, and network with their colleagues. I would never underestimate the power of such networking.

Say what you will about virtual events: they do save money. But I think you get what you pay for with them. A virtual event is virtual in the human sense of "not really," rather than virtual in the IT-centric sense of "in effect."

The opportunity to compare notes with one's colleagues, do a reality check, and maybe have a Mojito or two has tremendous value, even if you can't put a price on it.

Cloud Expo New York will have thousands of delegates, has a couple dozen major sponsors, has assembled an amazing 100 exhibitors, and a four-day, multi-track conference with an all-star conference faculty that has no equal in the world.

Hope to see you there.

More Stories By Roger Strukhoff

Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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