Gartner Cancels Spring Symposium, Layoffs

12 January 2009

Although it hasn’t been officially announced, Gartner will be cancelling the 2009 Spring Symposium/ITxpo, one of the biggest tech events in the first half of 2009. According to our Gartner contacts, the Emerging Trends content traditionally produced for the spring event will be presented at Fall Symposium/ITxpo.

UPDATE: We’ve heard from clients that Gartner is also canceling 2009 Spring Symposium/ITxpo Barcelona

In place of the show, we recommend thinking about planning to attend one of the more focused Gartner Summit events to meet with your analysts and network with customers and prospects, including the Wireless & Mobile Summit in February, the Business Intelligence Summit in March, or the Outsourcing & Vendor Management Summit in June. An updated 2009 Gartner Events calendar will be made available on Monday, January 12th and we will provide a link once it is available.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the updated 2009 events calendar.

This news is consistent with very recent research from Hill & Knowlton’s annual technology decision-maker survey.  Record levels of technology buyers said they were going to cut back on event attendance in 2009. Be on the lookout for a summary of our full report in the next few weeks.

In addition, we are now hearing of rumors of Gartner analyst layoffs in addition to those at AMR Research and IDC. We are investigating the Gartner news and will follow up shortly on this blog. Meanwhile, if you’d like to discuss how this effects 2009 communications plans, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


One Response to “Gartner Cancels Spring Symposium, Layoffs”

  1. ARcade

    This is just to say that amongst all the activity at some of the major analyst firms (see Jay’s post

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