First, a shameless plug: For the ultimate guide to 2011 channel partner conferences check out this lengthy list from The VAR Guy. Now, onto events worth watching now through the end of March 2011:
Feb. 22-24, Parallels Summit, Orlando, Fla.: Yes, The VAR Guy is attending. It's safe to expect a major hosted PBX push focused at VARs and MSPs. Plus, Ingram Micro VP of Managed Services and Cloud Computing Renee Bergeron will be on hand.
Feb. 27-28, Intel Solutions Summit, Las Vegas: Yes indeed, The VAR Guy will be blogging live from the conference. Our resident blogger wonders: Will there be any updates on the Intel Hybrid Cloud effort for channel partners? Also, will Eric Townsend be on hand to talk up some of Intel's recent MSP-centric wins? Hmmm...
Feb. 28-March 3, Cisco Partner Summit, New Orleans: This is a strange year in IT. Most high-tech companies are feeling really good about sales momentum. Yet Wall Street is worried about Cisco. Can CEO John Chambers and the channel team provide some upbeat perspectives during Cisco Partner Summit 2011? The VAR Guy will be on hand to find out.
Feb. 28-March 3: Enterprise Connect, Orlando: Um, The VAR Guy loved the old VoiceCon event. Now renamed as Enterprise Connect, The VAR Guy can't attend because of a scheduling conflict with Cisco Partner Summit.
March 6-9, Xchange Solution Provider 2011, Orlando, Fla: Hosted by Everything Channel. Rather than infiltrate this well-known event, The VAR Guy will spend the week covering Everything Else Channel.
March 7-10: CloudConnect, Santa Clara, Calif.: The VAR Guy is still trying to decide whether to attend. Thoughts?
March 13-15: Channel Partners Conference, Las Vegas: Some well-known names from CompTIA to Gartner are on the Agenda. But can The VAR Guy stay out of the casinos?
March 15: Intermedia Partner Summit, New York: The hosted Exchange specialist is pushing into the hosted unified communications market, introducing white-label services for VARs, MSPs and cloud services providers. This is Intermedia's third-annual event. Details should emerge soon.
March 16-19, Spring Training for Business, Scottsdale, Ariz.: Hosted by MSP and business coach Stuart Selbst. A highly targeted event featuring former Channel Insider Publisher Larry Walsh as keynote speaker.
March 23-26: Robin Robins' Boot Camp, Nashville, Tenn: Robins, the well-known marketing guru, shares her latest best practices with VARs and MSPs looking to drive sales.
March 19-26: Flying Solo: The VAR Guy's wife will be away. Somebody remind our resident blogger to stop writing long enough to check in on his three young sons.
March 28-30: HP Americas Partner Conference, Las Vegas: Details still emerging. During the recent IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference in Orlando, CEO Sam Palmisano took some R&D shots at HP without mentioning Hewlett-Packard by name. Will new HP CEO Leo Apotheker return fire? Perhaps more importantly: Will HP Channel Chief Stephen DiFranco offer guidance for recurring revenues and managed services?
March 29: Autodesk Channel Media Summit, San Francisco: Details still emerging...
That's all for now. The VAR Guy will be sure to offer some thoughts on April 2011 channel partner conferences... once our resident blogger completes travel in February and March.
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