3. Strong AIIM Conference – For the second year in a row, AIIM pulled off a very strong event. It drew more than 600 attendees and 30 exhibitors to the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans – representing a 50% growth over the previous year, when the initial event was held. Yes, there was an AIIM show for decades previously, but that show was sold by the trade organization in 2002 and was eventually re-branded as info360 in 2012, as AIIM pulled its branding. Along with its branding, AIIM also pulled its annual awards dinner – and all the executive power that it draws – and moved the gala to the site of its own re-booted conference.
The new AIIM Conference is not as ambitious in scope as the event that eventually became info360, but the new event has sold out both years (there are no “Show only passes), and AIIM is planning an even bigger conference for this year in Orlando, April 1-3. The plan is for the event to remain a hotel-hosted educational focused conference, but its success seems to have been enough to put the failing info360 event out of business – as the 2013 version of that event was cancelled.
We’ll look forward to seeing quite a few of year in Orlando in a few months.