Kaseya Connect 2009 User Conference: Sold Out
Despite the recession, managed services conferences hosted by vendors seem to be maintaining their momentum. The latest case in point: The upcoming Kaseya Connect user conference — which typically attracts more than 250 MSPs and corporate IT managers — is sold out for 2009, according to Kevin McGuirk, executive VP of corporate marketing for Kaseya.
Of course, face-to-face conferences are under intense pressure amid the recession and the growing popularity of online events. But highly targeted IT events, designed for very specific audiences, seem to be holding up reasonably well in the recession.
Autotask proved that by hosting the well-attended Autotask Community Live conference in March. And this week, more than 300 managed service providers and solutions providers converged in Dallas for the 2009 HTG Summit and peer group meetings.
Plenty of additional MSP-oriented events are on the calendar, including:
- Managed Print Services Conference, San Antonio, Texas (April 26-28)
- MSPWorld Orlando, from the MSPAlliance (April 30-May 1)
- SMB Nation, near New York (May 1-3)
- Ingram Micro Seismic Partner Conference, Dallas (May 4-6)
- CompTIA’s Managed IT Services Summit, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. (Oct. 7-9)
- N-able Partner Summit, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Oct. 14-16)
- ConnectWise Partner Summit, Orlando (Nov. 4-6)
Are managed services events immune to the recession? Certainly not. While established and aspiring MSPs are still signing up for the events, I sense that sponsorship dollars for the conferences are becoming a bit more difficult to secure. And we’ll see if attendence holds up as we move into the conference busy season.