March 9, 2016

Written by Nate A.

Attending technical conferences are an excellent opportunity for an IT professional to break the rut of traditional instructor led training. Modern technical conferences offer a mix of instructor led training, vendor led sessions, and customer led sessions. In addition, most conferences offer some form of partner pavilion where an IT professional can be introduced to vendors and products that enhance the technologies presented at the conference. Moreover, technical conferences provide human networking opportunities with like-minded individuals often facing similar technology challenges. Whatever the technology, there’s an appropriate conference.

The following table lists the dates and targeted attendee base for some of the larger vendor conferences in the US. Customer focused conferences target the average IT professional. Partner focused events usually feature a mix of technical and sales / marketing sessions around how to position a product or technology.


Conference Name ​Dates ​City ​Focus (Customer/Partner)
Black Hat USA July 30-August 4, 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada ​Customer
Cisco Live​ July 10 – 14, 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada ​Customer
Citrix Synergy​ May 24-26, 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada ​Customer
DEF CON August 4-7, 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada Customer
Dell World October 18 – 20 Austin, TX Customer
EMC World May 2-5, 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada Customer
​Microsoft Ignite September 26–30, 2016 Atlanta, GA ​Customer
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference​ July 10-14, 2016 Toronto ​Partner
NetApp Insight​ September 26-29 Las Vegas, Nevada ​Customer and Partner
Red Hat Summit June 27–30, 2016 San Francisco, CA Customer
VMWORLD August 28 – September 1, 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada ​Customer