The world’s largest independent channel event doesn’t come together without plenty of input from editors who know their community and are committed to partners’ success. As always, the Channel Partners and Channel Futures editorial team is fanning out across Mandalay Bay for the Channel Partners Conference & Expo this week, meeting with exhibitors, hobnobbing with partners, speaking despite our natural introverted tendencies, even team-hosting keynote blocks.
We’re pleased to also welcome an expanded slate of channel media, analyst and association partners, including ChannelPro, CompTIA, DataCenter Knowledge (whose editor-in-chief Yevgeniy Sverdlik is a guest track chair), Telecoms.com, Telecom Reseller and many more.
If you’re looking for unvarnished editorial insights on the business of technology and channel, you’ll find it. If you’d like to catch a minute with my team, check out these sessions and parties for Tuesday and Wednesday. But first, one big recommendation: Download the mobile app. Trust me on this; I have tried our new app, and it is awesome (here’s the iPhone version; just search the Google Play store for CPExpo to get the Android app). You can build a personalized schedule, browse the full exhibitor and sponsor listings, download collateral, connect with and schedule one-on-one meetings with other attendees and exhibitors, join conversations, respond to surveys, rack up points to win prizes — and much more. Attendees who join us at our conference sessions can rate the speakers and content right in the app, and for every one of you who does, we’ll donate five bucks, up to $2,500, to an amazing charity called Sunshine Nevada, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that, among other things, hosts free summer camps for children with special needs and their families.
For the third year, senior editor Lynn Haber will emcee our Business Success Symposium, sponsored by Rackspace. Our luncheon keynote speaker, Adam Hartung, is CEO and a managing partner of strategy and transformation consultancy Spark Partners. For eight years, Adam was the No. 1 leadership columnist for Forbes.com. He’s also written for CIO.com and will provide BSS attendees a copy of his newly re-released b-school classic, “Create Marketplace Disruption: How to Stay Ahead of the Competition.” We’re very thankful that Adam is joining us, and I promise you’ll walk away with a new determination to be the disruption you want to see in the world.
As a bonus, Lynn will bring Rackspace vice president of channel sales and channel chief Lisa Heritage McLin on stage to share her insights on Adam’s message. Lisa will stick around to sit in on a panel that we’re calling “Align or Die,” in the sales & marketing track, where Lynn is the track chair. You can also catch SD-WAN expert James Anderson and MSP 501 lead Kris Blackmon chairing tracks. You will need an All Access pass to attend the BSS, but that gets you a nice lunch, a copy of Adam’s book, some great education and a cocktail networking reception. Check out the full schedule here.
I am told there will be enchiladas and guacamole. Yay for still having avocados.
Later that evening I’m honored to give some opening remarks at the Alliance of Channel Women reception, including the very latest on our new London event. I’ll be there at 5 sharp. And show newbies can connect with our executive editor Craig Galbraith and senior director of channel content T.C. Doyle at …