SHARE San Jose 2017: Why go to conferences?

SHARE San Jose 2017

Next week the mainframe community will converge on SHARE San Jose 2017. The hassle of convincing your manager to send you to an onsite conference, coupled with the ‘fun’ of making travel arrangements, getting there and then returning with a week of work left undone makes one wonder—why do I need to go to conferences at all?

After all, the internet provides a myriad of podcasts, webcasts and written resources. In some cases, there are virtual conferences, which can be so much easier than getting out from behind your PC and actually going somewhere.

But… You miss a lot when you aren’t there in person. Let’s look at some of the benefits of onsite conferences.

What’s in it for me?

  1. Education. You’re going to hear from other sysprogs just like you. Most webinars don’t feature user experience, unless it is vendor-related. Someone has already solved a problem you’re likely going to have in the future. The best way to learn solutions is to listen to and speak with people who do what you do.
  2. Networking. Never an IT person’s favorite thing, consider that this just means chatting with people you meet in sessions or on the exhibit hall floor. You’re talking about mainframes, one of your favorite things. But down the road, a week or a month later, you might find yourself contacting the people you met to share experiences, ask questions or offer a solution to a problem they posed. Although virtual trade shows offer networking opportunities, it isn’t the kind of experience that leads as easily to professional relationships.
  3. Updates. What’s the fastest way to get up to speed on all the products you use? The vendor sessions and exhibit hall booths offer the most expeditious education. Most of us just don’t have the time to go online to every vendor site and try to read and study the updates. This is just a better way.
  4. Announcements. Learn about the new products/features out there. When you need some new capability (or even don’t know that there is something out there that can make your life easier), the fastest way to compare and contrast is at a trade show. Why ask individual vendors to come to your shop, taking up precious time you can’t afford? Instead, get demonstrations onsite, compare features, and obtain customer references.

ThruPut Manager at SHARE San Jose 2017

SHARE is coming to San Jose March 5-10, 2017. It’s not too late to sign up and reap all the benefits mentioned above. And while you’re there, check out the “z/OS Pricing, SoftCapping and Capacity Product Shootout,” on Monday, March 6, 1:45-2:45, featuring some top technical content including John Baker of Compuware. John will be back at the lecturn on Thursday, March 9, 8:30-9:30, with “Why Did My Job Run So Long? Speeding Performance by Understanding the Cause.”

Look for Compuware in the Exhibit Hall (booths 405&407). More Compware conference details, including additional sessions, can be found on our SHARE San Jose 2017 event page.

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