It's springtime again when an IT storage executive's fancy turns to...\u00a0 conferences. At least that is what's on my schedule for the next few weeks. Even with cost-controls in place across the enterprise, conferences and tradeshows offer customers the ability to meet with experts in their field, learn what new products and technologies are coming out shortly and, really, go "kick the tires" of some of the solutions IT execs have been thinking about.The first conference in April is the (free) Storage Management 2003 Conference.\u00a0 This conference focuses on storage management challenges and is being held April 9 - 11, in Chicago, Ill. For more information, go to https:\/\/storagemanagement2003.techtarget.com\/From Chicago, you can fly to Phoenix, Ariz., for the Storage Networking World Conference being held April 14-17. This conference focuses on educating customers on storage networking architectures and technologies such as storage-area networks (SANs), Fibre Channel, iSCSI, network-attached storage (NAS) and effective ways to utilize and manage these technologies in your business environment. For more information, go to https:\/\/www.storagenetworkingworld.com\/phoenix_2003\/Keeping with the southwest theme, the following week has NetWworld+Interop in Las Vegas from April 27 - May 2. While N+I has focused on traditional networks, it also provides tutorials and panels discussing storage networking challenges, both current and forthcoming. The conference will also feature a "Storage Day." For more information, go to https:\/\/www.interop.com\/lasvegas2003\/Which brings us to May where we continue west to Anaheim, Calif., for the StorageWorld Conference 2003 from May 5-7.\u00a0 This conference provides a rich educational experience as well as keynotes from some of the thought leaders in the industry. For more information, go to https:\/\/www.storageworldconference.com\/This spring, educate yourself on what's available today and in the near future by attending a conference.\u00a0 There are certainly enough options for location, dates and topics discussed to provide significant opportunity to learn about new ways of addressing age-old challenges.