A Day at the IT Forum in Vancouver - page 2
Breakfast and a Keynote
There was a small vendor presence compared to the bigger shows, with around twenty booths in place. Most of the vendors I talked to said that they find that this twelve-year-old conference is routinely well-attended, and relevant to their particular customers.
Many found it useful for "Trolling for customers," as one vendor put it, and most also cited the fact that it was also handy for talking to the other vendors and attempting to build strategic partnerships.
Attendees were certainly interested in talking to the vendors. In some cases, I had to circle around several times before having a chance to talk to someone I particularly wanted to see. Of course, considering who I write for and what my interests are, I was pleased to find more than one Linux company in attendance. Astaro Security Linux had people present as both a vendor and presenters--and I notice that they have a presence at many of the IT Business Forum's stops. Their booth had a heavy amount of traffic every time I passed through the vendor room, which was a good sign.
Another Linux-based company was intelliNet, which is an onsite and system integration service provider focusing on Unix since 1982, and now mostly focused on Linux.
Interestingly, there was only one company that had a big Microsoft stamp on it there. That was Candlewest Systems, which had a big banner boasting that they're a Microsoft Business Solutions CRM Partner. In fact, there really wasn't a lot of OS banner waving. There weren't big penguins set up either. The focus was more on the products than what laid underneath--which is perhaps as it should be.