… anyone with a Conference & Expo or All Access pass.
My advice: Be there at 6:30 sharp when the DJ kicks us off to see who’ll take home our Digi Master trophy.
Thursday: Home Stretch
Don’t stay out too late on Wednesday, because our Thursday morning keynotes are hosted by resident millennial James and our own content marketing director Maggie Miller.
If you want a chance show up on our site, keep a lookout for Maggie, who you’ll see around the show doing video interviews.
Thursday’s breakfast block, with bacon provided by 8×8, features Lynn back on stage hosting our annual Masters & Disties keynote panel. We’ve expanded this session to 35 minutes; you’ll hear from Avant, Scansource, TBI, Telarus, Pax8 and, for the first time on this panel, PlanetOne. Have your app ready to take a live poll.
Our lunch block, hosted by Lynn and Craig and sponsored by Verizon, may or may not feature enchiladas, but I can promise some spicy insights on how to be more profitable from Tim Conkle, CEO of The 20 and a top voice on succeeding in the MSP business model. Attendees also won’t want to miss Michelle Bailey, research fellow and group VP & GM at IDC. Michelle’s insights on what the new IT buyer wants will help guide you as you navigate the sea of solution providers on our expo floor.
We have six conference sessions to choose from on Thursday morning, including a special Cloud & Colo track presented with Data Center Knowledge. That track will be chaired by my colleague Yev and feature data center expert Kirk Killian, president of Partners National Mission Critical Facilities, and Mor Cohen, CTO of Turbonomics.
Where will the rest of us be?
You can catch T.C. Doyle with a stellar lineup of Channel Futures Think Tank members and CEOs over in South Seas C. Meanwhile, Lynn, Craig, Maggie and I will be down the hall in South Seas I hosting a session we’re calling “An Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Video & Interview Ninja.” I’m definitely the weak link in this lineup: Lynn is one of the best interviewers in the tech media business, while Craig and Maggie have TV news broadcasting cred. If you want tips on how to engage with local media to boost your brand, or just think journalists are out to get you, this session is a must. Again, you’ll need a Conference & Expo or All Access pass.
While we love our partner attendees, we also have some new programs at this show to benefit our sponsors. First is morning meeting hours on the expo floor, from 8 a.m. to about 1 p.m., by appointment. We understand that exhibitors want to cram in as many meetings as humanly possible. To that end, they can now invite partners to their booths during off hours.
We also added a trio of sessions comprising what we call “Channel Partners Studio Unplugged: Tips to Supercharge Your Channel Strategy.” Speakers Theresa Caragol of Achieve Unite, Tina Gravel of Cyxtera and Janet Schijns of JS Group will be on our Channel Partners Studio stage on Thursday morning from 10:30 to 11:35 sharing advice on finding the right partners, building a sticky channel program to keep those partners and empowering them to sell more. These sessions are open to …