5 Things to do at the 2016 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo
Let’s face it – with the scores of new information, connections and business tools, attending conferences can be overwhelming. Deciding which keynotes to attend, manoeuvring from the tradeshow floor to networking events and tempering that constant stream of incoming emails can be physically and mentally exhausting.
But there is hope! Experts agree that a key piece to avoiding conference burnout lies within careful pre-conference planning.
The 2016 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is taking place November 6 - 10 in Barcelona, Spain and we’ve compiled this short list of tips to help you plan for, and make the most out of your experience:
1. Take Advantage of Discounts
Attending a conference is seldom a low-cost affair. However, as you begin to plan your trip, find savings by registering early or taking advantage of registration discount codes. (This year, West is offering an exclusive discount to Gartner Symposium/ITxpo attendees! Save €550 with code: GSSYM29).
2. Pre-identify Key Sessions
We’d like to suggest one in particular. Jeffrey Mann is Research Vice President with Gartner Research. He has a session entitled Take Advantage of Cloud Office to Kick-Start the Digital Workplace on Wednesday afternoon. Jeffrey will discuss key issues such as why organisations are considering a transition to cloud office? How can a cloud office deployment change the work experience? and How can cloud office capabilities support a digital workplace initiative?
3. Coordinate Meetings Ahead of Time
Blocking out time on your calendar for breakout sessions and keynote presentations is a no-brainer. But scheduling individual meetings often falls by the wayside. Pre-introduce yourself to the people you would like to meet and make use of online scheduling tools to coordinate face time with executives.
4. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Branded thumb drives and coffee mugs are nice, but typically there are much bigger prizes to be had. As you make your way through the expo halls, pay attention to event sponsors, like West, who are offering the chance to sign up for a Cloud Accelerator Discovery Workshop.
5. Take Some Time for Yourself
You can find West at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo booth 913. Stop by to discuss Unified Communications trends and strategies with executives, learn more about our expanded contact center offerings, hear exciting new details about integrating voice & video and register for a chance to win prizes!