Attendees shake off black swans and come to the show in large numbers
The results are in for ITEXPO West 2009. This is the second year in a row where some major black swan event took place the day before the show kicked off. Last year it was Lehman collapsing which sparked fears of a depression. This year it was wildfires and news media that hyped the incident in a manner which led many to believe the whole state was on fire.
Still, with significant headwinds, the total attendance was up 3% from last year - due to increased buyers in the exhibit hall.
Of the 6,109 in attendance, those from the enterprise comprised 28.5 percent. Service providers accounted for 26 percent. Resellers/integrators constituted 31.8 percent of attendees and developers/manufacturers made up the remaining 13.7 percent.
Thank you all for attending and also thanks to all the companies who hosted dinners and receptions. Andy Abramson and his team hosted a great "wine dinner" which coupled some of the best food you'll ever eat with a discussion of the wines being served based on his personal experience. Here is a video.