ChannelPro SMB Forum Wraps Up Successful Event for IT Professionals in Baltimore

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Attendees of the ChannelPro SMB Forum learned to fuel their companies’ growth in today’s challenging marketplace and profit from the latest in IT solutions for small and midsize businesses.

ChannelPro-SMB, the premier source of business and technology insights for channel partners serving the small and midsize business market, completed its first of four live events in 2015 in Baltimore this past week.

Affectionately dubbed the Channel Therapy Tour, the event promised to cure what ails attendees and send them home with all the expert sales, marketing, product, and operations advice needed to put their business on the path to a healthier bottom line.

The full-day, live event for channel resellers, integrators, consultants, and managed service providers offered interactive, in-depth conversations with some of the industry’s top channel pros who have pioneered profitable businesses from cloud computing and managed services. A showcase of SMB vendor solutions provided additional learning opportunities and enables channel pros to get one-on-one advice on employing new technologies and services to better serve their customers.

The event started with a cocktail reception on Monday evening, March 2, sponsored by MAXfocus.

On Tuesday, event sessions included: Managed and Cloud Services Checkup, Managed and Cloud Services Operations Lab, Managed and Cloud Services Marketing Lab, Managed and Cloud Services Sales Lab, and Tech Trends: Hardware Lab (sponsored by ViewSonic). And at the sponsor showcase, attendees were able to browse the latest technologies and network with peers.

HP presented the Platinum sponsor keynote. Gold sponsor presentations were given by Datto Inc., Eaton Corp., F-Secure Corp., MAXfocus, StorageCraft Technology Corp., and ViewSonic Corp.

Silver sponsors for the event were as follows: APC by Schneider Electric, ASCII Group Inc., ASI, Cargill Consulting Group Inc., ChannelEyes, ChannelPro, CloudConnect, CompTIA, Crexendo, Equilibrium Consulting LLC, ICN Group, Infrascale, Intel Corp., Lenovo, Net2Phone Office, OKI Data Americas Inc., SaasMax Corp., Small Biz Thoughts, SMB Nation, SMB TechFest, SPC International, SYNNEX SMB Connect, Tigerpaw Software, Vertical Axion, and ZTE.

The event concluded with attendees honoring vendor sponsors with the following awards:

  •     Most Innovative Solution - Datto Inc.
  •     Best Hardware Solution - HP
  •     Best Software Solution - StorageCraft Technology Corp.
  •     Best Partner Community - The ASCII Group
  •     Best Partner Program - MAXfocus
  •     Best Cloud-Based Solution - CloudConnect
  •     Best New Solution - F-Secure Corp.
  •     Best in Show - MAXfocus

Three additional ChannelPro SMB Forum events are planned for later this year: San Jose in May, Chicago area in September, and New Jersey in November. Interested attendees can preregister at http://www.ChannelProForum.com.

“By participating in the ChannelPro SMB Forum, channel partners have a unique opportunity to learn about today’s top IT trends from colleagues who have learned by doing and paved the way for their success,” says Cecilia Galvin, executive editor of ChannelPro-SMB and an event host. “They can also take advantage of the showcase of vendor solutions that will enable them to meet the growing IT needs of their SMB customer base.”

To ensure that everyone at the ChannelPro SMB Forums can freely participate in the conversation, seating at each event has been limited. Interested parties should register immediately at http://www.ChannelProForum.com.

Interested sponsors should contact Joel Zaidspiner at 561-422-5119 or Lisa Sherman at 917-388-9531. More sponsorship info can be found at: http://ChannelProForum.com/sponsors/how-to-sponsor.

The ChannelPro SMB Forum is part of the ChannelPro Network. Our network includes websites, events, research, and the monthly magazine ChannelPro-SMB.

The ChannelPro Network provides targeted business and technology information for IT channel partners who serve small and midsize businesses. The network delivers expert opinion, analysis, news, product reviews, and advice vital to a channel partner’s business success.

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