Three Reasons to Attend Professional Development Conferences

Professional development is key to keeping up with the fast-paced, ever-changing technology world. And business conferences are a valuable way to expand your skill set and gain new insight.

Articles published May 30, 2019 by Mike Rice

In Iowa, many organizations host professional conferences throughout the year that offer benefits for professionals in all aspects of technology. Aureon recently sponsored and had staff attend two such events, IBADD (the Iowa Business Analysis Development Days) and DevopsDays Des Moines. Here are three of the reasons technology professionals can benefit from attending these conferences or other similar professional development events.

1. Industry promotion

DevopsDays is a worldwide series of tech conferences promoting software development, infrastructure and all areas between. Hosted by the Central Iowa Chapter of International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), IBADD offers Iowans information focused on business analysis, quality assurance and project management. Ideas generated during DevopsDays and IBADD have led to new ways of thinking and advancing technology.

“The IBADD conference plays a vital role in growing and promoting the business analyst field in Des Moines and across Iowa,” said Aureon attendee Michele Johnson. “Business analysts from across the state can learn about new developments in their field, common practices and ideas on how to grow personally and professionally. This all helps to make Iowa a leader in technology.”

2. Networking

Beyond collaborative conversation, these conferences offer a chance to get real reviews on some of the latest products, programs and methods of development straight from the source

“IBADD is a great event for the Des Moines area because it brings together multiple companies and individuals who have similar roles and allows them to collaborate, share and learn,” said Aureon attendee Claire Pierce. “Many of the sessions fostered conversation, networking and best practices.” 

3. Information you can use now

Sessions and workshops at professional development conferences typically cover a variety of topics ranging from career growth and self-awareness to Agile development and crowdsourcing technology. Many sessions and workshops provide tips and resources that can be instantly adopted and implemented within your team.

“It’s so important for Aureon to have a presence at these types of conferences to ensure our staff can stay ahead of industry trends and remain a leader in technology,” said Aureon’s Mary Ross.

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Mike Rice

Mike Rice, president of Aureon Consulting, is responsible for Consulting’s strategic growth, leadership and business operations. Prior to being appointed President, Mike was the Vice President of Aureon Consulting (previously Midwest Project Partners), and a founding partner of Midwest Tech ... read more

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