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6 Ways The Tech Industry Is Confronting The Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the IT industry hard with supply chain disruptions, plunging stock prices and forecasts of reduced IT spending.

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Cancelling Conferences 

The tech industry thrives on massive public events that bring together, often in extremely close confines, large international crowds.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of conferences in nurturing the development and health of IT ecosystems. Whether sponsored by companies, foundations or trade groups, those gatherings provide meaningful opportunities for resellers and services providers to coordinate with their vendor partners, engage new customers, and learn from each other.

But the IT industry was quick to make a big sacrifice to protect the health of those attendees.

Mobile World Congress 2020, set for Barcelona, was cancelled in early February. Then IBM made some waves when it pulled out of RSA less than two weeks before the industry’s premier security conference kicked off in San Francisco.

RSA went forward in the final week of February, but it was essentially the last big conference the industry saw.

Within a few weeks, every major technology vendor, from HPE to Google to Oracle to VMware, were cancelling, postponing or converting to online formats previously scheduled events.

For many people, even those not directly involved in the industry, the spate of conference cancellations was the first signal that business would not return to normal anytime soon.

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