I will say for large enterprise this is a bad move. I certainly understand the cost efficiencies, we are under the same mandate but:

  • This means approval for several engineers to attend the same event, and while you may get a little discount it is much harder (don't ask for logic) to get approval for 10 to go to one conference than 2 to five different conferences spread out across the year.
  • A lot more engineers and developers all gone at the same time. This one hurts the most.
  • Content, hopefully will not get diluted. This is why I was overjoyed to see MEC come back. With 13K+ attendees, individualization just doesn't scale from MS, vendors, sponsors, event staff, etc. Ever been to vmworld? ;)