Upcoming ITSM Meet Ups (UK and USA)

London, Orlando, and Manchester

As many of you may already be aware, I organize informal “IT service management (ITSM) meet ups” throughout the year. These typically take place in Central London but, on occasion, we do frequent other cities in the UK or, in fact, other countries. The purpose of these “meet ups” is simply to get the community together for a few drinks and a nice dinner in a setting where we can talk about the industry, the latest gossip, and the future of service management. Plus, of course, we talk about non-ITSM stuff too.

It Doesn’t Hurt Your Pocket Too Much

Where possible, I arrange for these events to be sponsored, however there is usually a small cost involved (for your dinner for example). That said, I aim to keep the costs as low as possible so that anyone and everyone can join in. Typically, we get the “same old faces” (old but still ever so lovely), however the gathering is open to any and all, far and wide. In particular these meet ups provide a great opportunity for “new faces” to make useful connections, network with like-minded individuals, and maybe learn a thing or too… or better yet, teach the old faces a new thing or two.

Right, now to the actual point.

As we leave August and summer behind us (if we ever even had summer to begin with in the UK), I wanted to make you aware of three upcoming ITSM meet ups. Two of which are in the UK (one London and one Manchester), and one is in the USA (Orlando). So, whether you’re a practitioner, a consultant, a vendor, or just merely interested in ITSM, then please consider joining us at any or all of these meet ups. Simply register your interest by RSVP’ing on the appropriate Facebook event page.

September Meet Up – Central London, UK

This meet up will take place in Central London (venue TBC depending on numbers) on Monday 25th September. Drinks will take place from around 6.00pm – 8.00pm followed by dinner at a restaurant nearby.

At the moment, both drinks and dinner are at each individual’s own expense as I do not have a sponsor in place. However, if any kind vendors are reading this and would like to help play their part in bringing the ITSM community together, then please email me at [email protected]

To register your interest for this meet up, please RSVP on the Facebook event page here.

November Meet Up #1 – Orlando, USA

This meet up will take place in Orlando at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel (where FUSION17 is taking place) on Wednesday 1st November. Drinks will take place at 6.30pm – 7.30pm at the pool bar, with dinner to follow at 7.30pm at the hotel restaurant “A Land Remembered.”

This meet up is very kindly being part sponsored by the people at AXELOS. Drinks and dinner is at individual expense, but AXELOS will making a considerable contribution to the dinner bill.

To register your interest for this meet up, please RSVP on the Facebook event page here. Please note that dinner spaces will be limited (drinks spaces will not).

November Meet Up #2 – Manchester, UK

This meet up will take place in Manchester (venue TBC depending on numbers, however it will be near to the Manchester Central venue) on Sunday 19th November. Drinks will take place from around 6.00pm – 8.00pm, with dinner to follow.

The drinks part of this meet up are kindly being sponsored by the itSMF UK team – with the meet up taking place the day before their annual conference. This year’s event features a host of international speakers, and you can view the event agenda here.

Dinner will be at individual expense.

To register your interest for this meet up, please RSVP on the Facebook event page here.

As an aside I will also be arranging dinner for the evening of Monday 20th November, following the itSMF UK conference networking reception at around 8pm (the awards dinner has been moved to be a standalone event in June alongside SITS).

If you’re also interested in joining this dinner, please email me at [email protected] (there’s no Facebook page dedicated to this).

In Summary

All of these meet ups are very informal. No product pitches. No agenda. No specific topics for discussion. Just food and drinks with ITSM friends. So please do come along!

To recap:

  • Monday 25th September in Central London, UK (at own cost). RSVP here.
  • Wednesday 1st November in Orlando, USA (dinner part sponsored by AXELOS). RSVP here.
  • Sunday 19th November in Manchester, UK (drinks sponsored by itSMF UK). RSVP here.
  • Monday 20th November in Manchester, UK, dinner only (at own cost). Please let me know if you’d like to attend by emailing me at [email protected] or contacting me via any of the usual social media channels.

I hope to see you there.

Sophie Danby

Sophie is a freelance ITSM marketing consultant, helping ITSM solution vendors to develop and implement effective marketing strategies.

She covers both traditional areas of marketing (such as advertising, trade shows, and events) and digital marketing (such as video, social media, and email marketing). She is also a trained editor.

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