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Which Conference to Attend?

As a result of the current economic conditions many organisations are looking for any way they can to cut costs. One of the first places that organisations look to cut costs is the training budget. Rather than being able to attend several technical conferences a year many employees will be limited to attending one conference if they are lucky.
These days there are a large number of SQL Server conferences to choose from. These range from events such as Tech-Ed and PDC to SQL Server specific events such as PASS and SQL Server Connections. As funding for training becomes harder to access organisations start to look a lot closer at the business benefits that attending a conference will provide. The biggest issue with this is that conferences often focus on the latest cutting edge technology; however, companies are not using the latest technologies. As a result management will often question the need for training when the technology has not yet been adopted. With all the conferences available how do you determine which conference to attend?
– Peter Ward

I only attend local gatherings now. Even then, only if there is something significant to see. Training, for me, consists of a company subscription to Safari library, a company MSDN subscription, and a personal subscription to LearnVisualStudio.Net. And soon, a subscription to http://www.trainingspot.com for latest SQL Server training.
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