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ConnectWise Automation Nation 2017

ConnectWise Automation Nation

The sold-out ConnectWise Automation Nation 2017 drew its biggest attendance ever with more than 860 attendees — about two-thirds of whom were first timers.

The spring event, held June 19-21, at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando, offered partners 60 breakout sessions addressing best practices as well as how to integrate ConnectWise Automate Suite into their businesses, a Solutions Pavilion with more than 30 vendors, and networking opportunities for all.

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ConnectWise Automation Nation Welcome Reception
At the ConnectWise Automation Nation 2017 welcome reception, held in the Solutions Pavilion, partners got to schmooze and booze with each other and more than 30 vendors — a mix of resell vendors and those vendors whose solutions plug into ConnectWise Automate.

There were eight new vendor participants at this year’s event: Acronis, StorageCraft Cloud, Avalara, Auvik, Bitdefender, Passportal, IT by Design and Webroot DNS.
ConnectWise Automation Nation keynote

The day-one keynote at Automation Nation focused on the ConnectWise product strategy. The morning presenters were Brett Cheloff, general manager, Automate, and Craig Fulton, chief product strategist at ConnectWise.

What's a  tech conference without a Hack-A-Thon and Script-a-Thon? Automation Nation featured two opportunities for ConnectWise Automate geeks to participate in a little friendly competition and win prizes — including a free registration to Automation Nation 2018.
ConnectWise Automate Answer Desk
On the subject of geeks, Answer Desk consultants were available to answer any questions and solve any issues regarding ConnectWise Automate.
ConnectWise Automation Nation Security Vendors
There was no shortage of security vendors – Webroot, ESET, Bitdefender, Datto, Intronis, Kapersky Lab, Acronis, Sophos, etc. – on the Solutions Pavilion show floor.

CEO Arnie Bellini talked about the company’s business strategy and addressing the managed security services provider (MSSP) wave with a ConnectWise solution to help partners establish a security practice.
Cisco Umbrella at ConnectWise Automation Nation
Cisco Umbrella, launched in February 2017, is a secure internet gateway designed to address new enterprise security challenges of today’s mobile cloud-era. Cisco Umbrella, formerly OpenDNS, was acquired in August 2015.
ConnectWise Automation Nation
Show attendees get familiar with the ConnectWise rebranding effort: ConnectWise Sell, formerly Quosal; ConnectWise Manage, ConnectWise Automate, formerly LabTech; ConnectWise Control, formerly ScreenConnect; and the new ConnectWise CloudConsole.
Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda Lounge at Cisco Umbrella at ConnectWise Automation Nation
The Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda Lounge. Intronis is a single-source IT channel provider offering partners tools, onboarding, professional services, training and support and security with backup solutions.
Cloud distributor Pax8 announced the company’s integration with ConnectWise at the event.

According to Craig Donovan, director of software projects at Pax8, the company is rebuilding its console from the ground up, i.e. new workflows, new UI, etc., inside ConnectWise. Availability is expected by mid July. Currently, Pax8 partners use the company’s portal to access ConnectWise.
Party Time at ConnectWise Automation Nation
Party time. ConnectWise attendees celebrated Automation Nation at Automate PitStop for drinks, food, networking, and fun and games.

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