Comdex was cancelled. This guy ( http://www.scaletrix.com/nuno/blog/2004/06/comdex-gets-cancelled-it-as-we-used-to.html ) says it's the end of IT as we know it. Coming to think of it, all the chaos of the 90's was like a supernova, where it shines brighter before fadding away.
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On the other hand...
I think things have certainly changed, not sure if for the worst though. In one hand large scale,high cost IT is disapearing, but on another it raises lots of opportunities for smaller players who have low-budget offerings that actually deliver value to businesses.
This has nothing, whatsoever, to do with the commoditization of technology.
Dennis, you raise a good point, *but* you should note how the big deals/negotiations that used to happen within conferences such as Comdex have mostly disappeared. And to some extent that was caused by the commoditization of many aspects of technology -- the purchase cycle is much simpler and shorter, and therefore you don't need attendance to trade shows.
Perhaps the industry is now too large to fit into a single Comdex: and so instead we now have several, smaller, more specialized conferences.
"*but* you should note how the big deals/negotiations that used to happen within conferences such as Comdex have mostly disappeared"
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