The article Death of the IT trade show, (CW April 26 p1) really hit the nail on the head. I too remember the days when my calendar was full of giant trade shows and conferences. I do not go to as many trade shows now but still attend conferences. Not as many as I did a few years ago; there just isn't enough time in the day.
As a technical professional I am attending fewer events but still rely on these conferences to update my knowledge and get a chance to see what other organizations are doing. These events have always been a part of this industry and I think they will always be there providing a great forum to find out what the latest and greatest technology is and to get a look at what plans your vendor has for the future. Keep up the good work!