VIRGO and The 2112 Group Renew Partnership for the Channel Partners Cloud Convergence Council

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VIRGO Publishing, a leading business-to-business information services company, announced today that Channel Partners, VIRGO’s resource for the communications channel, has renewed its partnership with The 2112 Group, a technology business strategy firm specializing in technology and channel communications and intelligence services, to host the Channel Partners Cloud Convergence Council.

As the IT and Telecom channels converge in the cloud, Channel Partners and The 2112 Group seek to bridge the gap by bringing together thought leaders from both channels to form a unique council. The Cloud Convergence Council will consider strategic issues such as evolving business models and identifying opportunities and challenges, as well as tactical issues such as reconciling terms and language and setting governance and performance expectations. Additionally, the Cloud Convergence Council will spend considerable time reviewing and reconciling matters of channel margins and sales compensation for cloud services.

The inaugural council was held at the 2011 Spring Channel Partners Conference & Expo, March 13-15, 2011, in Las Vegas. The results of this meeting were recently presented in the report, Channel Convergence and Evolution Through Cloud Computing. A collection of additional premium content, such as whitepapers, whiteboard videos, slide shows and image galleries were also produced and can be found on the Cloud Convergence Council page.

“The work of the inaugural council has provided an unprecedented synthesis of the cloud opportunity and challenges shared by IT and telecom channels and their vendors," said Channel Partners Editor-in-Chief Khali Henderson. “It is a terrific foundation, identifying the key areas for further work. We are anxious to continue the conversation through 2011."

“Cloud computing is a definitive trend that is transforming the way the channel sells and supports, and how businesses consume technology. The Cloud Convergence Council is dedicated to identifying and resolving the obstacles that stand in the way of cloud adoption and service delivery through the channel," said Lawrence M. Walsh, president and CEO of The 2112 Group.

The Cloud Convergence Council’s next meeting will be held during the 2011 Fall Channel Partners Conference & Expo, August 24-26, in Chicago. In addition, the Cloud Convergence Council will produce a four-session track covering such hot cloud topics as channel compensation, security and regulation, sales objections and the emerging value chain.

The Channel Partners Cloud Convergence Council is sponsored by AT&T, Catalyst Telecom, inContact, Juniper Networks, MegaPath and Motorola Solutions. To be the first to hear the findings of the new Council you must be a registered participant of the 2011 Fall Channel Partners Conference & Expo. Visit www.channelpartnersconference.com for registration information.

About VIRGO Publishing
VIRGO Publishing is a dynamic information services company specializing in communications through print and electronic media, trade shows and special events, education and training, and value-added business services. www.VIRGOpublishing.com

About The 2112 Group
The 2112 Group is a technology business strategy services firm specializing in indirect channels, security, managed services, cloud computing and business intelligence. Our mission is to optimize our clients’ go-to-market strategies and communications, ensuring the highest level of return on their investment. The 2112 Group supports our clients with business planning and market research, facilitation of partner relations and communities, creation of high-impact communications and marketing development, and channel development. The 2112 Group publishes “Channelnomics," the business analytics blog of the channel. For more information about The 2112 Group, please visit www.the2112group.com.

About Channel Partners
For more than two decades, Channel Partners has been the leader in providing news and analysis to indirect sales channels serving the communications industry. It is the unrivaled resource for resellers, aggregators, agents, brokers, VARs, systems integrators, interconnects and dealers that provide network-based communications and computing services, associated CPE and applications as well as managed and professional services. Channel Partners is the official media of the Channel Partners Conference & Expo. For more information, visit www.channelpartnersonline.com.

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