We are in a New Year, we are refreshed and raring to go but we know before too long we will no doubt be time poor. Key to keeping ourselves fresh is to plan for any professional development opportunities for the year including relevant thought leadership events. So, as we arrive at our desks in 2019 what have we got to look forward to in terms of conference and general networking opportunities? Depending on what your role is here are a few of my picks (Note – my special interest is Governance & Strategy).

Having been away on secondment and fixed term roles since vacating the CIO chair a couple of years back, I have missed attending the annual Gartner Symposium over the last couple of years however this is still high on any list. There is no excuse of not finding something worthwhile if not essential to your role (particularly a tech/people leader empowered to make strategic decisions) and the scale of this event is not to be found within NZ. Not scheduled yet but likely for October 2019.

Closer to home the various IT professional bodies in NZ gathered together and ran a very successful ITX in 2018. At the time of writing it is still intended to be a bi yearly event however keep a look out for any changes to that. In the meantime IT Professionals NZ, the main organiser behind ITX, offers many events throughout the country, many complimentary and either arranged at the local branch level or via the ITP National Head Office.

Arriving back to Christchurch in August 2017, I was immediately struck by the shared advocacy and support offered within the Canterbury Tech community, led by CanterburyTech. Monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month with the big annual event, the Canterbury Tech Summit occurring over an afternoon in September. Note Membership criteria applies.

The perennial CIO Summit in Auckland is still going via the IDC thought research group and Conferenz. Mark your diary for 12 – 13 June 2019 and see you there.

With my consultant hat firmly in place and with a Local Government focus, the annual ALGIM conference is already marked. This will be in Wellington 4 – 6 November and will be sure to have a high calibre of thought leadership speakers.

Please note for the premier Microsoft event- Ignite (formerly Tech Ed) there is no NZ event this year which means a trip to Sydney and not too far away – mid February.

Finally for special interest events and other professional networks (Testers, Developers etc) check and other social media and tailor your profile to target events near you.

Happy eventing 2019!

Blair Morgan

Senior Consultant

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