It's hard to believe that (1) this summer's BriForum will be our 20th BriForum conference, and (2) it will be our last one.
A few weeks ago, I announced that I'd be taking a break from the IT industry after BriForum. Most of the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn was focused around me leaving, and not around the fact that this year's BriForum will be the last one. So now that we're only one week out from BriForum 2016 Boston, I want to point out that it will be the last one!
Two years ago, I wrote a retrospective of BriForum where I talked about how the conference came to be and shared some of my favorite memories. So you know that it's vendor-neutral and highly-technical and all that.
Instead, I want to focus on this year's agenda. (After being part of TechTarget for 8 years, they still haven't figured out how to create a linkable agenda, so just hit up this page and click the "agenda" menu item, then click the tabs in the middle of the page to switch days, then curse the HTML wizard who broke the web by creating this abomination.) Anyway, I know I say it every year, but the agenda this year really is the best agenda of any BriForum we've ever had. We really focused the selection process this year on the sessions that are most relevant to help people do their jobs better today, e.g. forget the long term future stuff and instead focus on what's here and now. (I'm especially looking forward to "Untitled Brian Madden Session". Will the TechTarget marketing folks get the website updated by next week? I guess you'll have to register for and attend BriForum to find out what I'm going to talk about!)
If you've never attended BriForum, you're in for a treat. It's a small conference--only about 300 attendees--so the attendee-to-presenter ratio is about 10-to-1 (meaning you can actually mingle with these folks), and the presenters are the best in the world. And since we're vendor neutral, we have the best and brightest from Citrix, VMware, Microsoft, and many others all under one roof to help you figure out what to do when it comes to your desktop, mobile, and end user computing strategy.
Anyway, I hope to see you in Boston next week. I'm ecstatically proud of the prior 19 BriForums, and since this is the last one, I'm doing everything I can to ensure this is the best one yet!