A few years ago, we changed the name of our East Coast channel event from “Cloud Partners” to “Channel Partners Evolution.” We did so because cloud had become a fact of life for partners — it’s just the way IT was, and is, being delivered.
The fall show, if we’re being honest, looked a lot like a smaller version of spring. It’s fair to say that the “Evolution” moniker was aspirational.
Well, I’m officially declaring that #CPEvolution 2018, held Oct. 9 – 12 in Philadelphia, has shed its little-brother status and emerged with a big new personality that melds the best the combined channel has to offer. You’ll see some of that swagger in these pages. If you want to experience it yourself, here are three happenings that embody the show’s grown-up focus:
Our first MSP 501 Awards Reception: This is the capstone of months of hard work by MSP whisperer Kris Blackmon, who will deliver a well-earned toast to our winners. The evening will kick off at 6:30 with a cocktail reception for our managed service provider honorees, followed by dinner; presentation of special awards, including MSP of the Year; and an after party.
Fun fact: About one-third of our Channel Partners 360° winners are also on the MSP 501 list.
Two colocated trainings: Avant is bringing its intensive Special Forces Training to #CPEvolution on Tuesday, starting with a welcome lunch at noon and ending with a cocktail and networking reception. And on Wednesday, you can join Datto for a Cyber Security Summit, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending just in time for the expo hall opening at 4 p.m. Datto’s focus is on helping partners remove the security barriers that keep customers from pursuing new business opportunities. We’re thrilled to welcome Avant and Datto to our education lineup.
Channel Futures Theater: Partners who’ve attended one of our sister shows, such as IoT World or 5G World Summit, likely saw some great content at the show floor stages. We’re stealing the idea of using a central stage as a community gathering place, where all attendees can get access to smart content. (Heads up that our ThunderDome on RMM systems already has more than 100 RSVPs, so if that interests you, get there early to grab a seat up close.)
You’ll still find familiar sessions, including the Alliance of Channel Women networking reception; our Golf Invitational; three conference tracks — Business Strategy, Revenue & Supplier Portfolio and Marketing & Tech; thought-provoking keynotes; our veteran’s initiative with TrainOurTroops; and 100,000 or so square feet of exhibition space to explore.
Newbies to the show shouldn’t miss our First-Time Attendee Reception at the truly impressive Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, directly adjacent to the Convention Center. PAFA holds one of the…