Ingram Micro One, held Nov. 27-30 in Dallas, drew more 1,500 attendees, including manufacturers, solution providers and Ingram Micro associates.
The 750 partners who attended the conference had access to regional meetings, community meetings for the Trust X Alliance and SMB Alliance, manufacturer breakouts, business workshops, Ingram Micro breakouts, keynote sessions with executive leadership, and, of course, the Solutions Showcase. Cisco, Lenovo and VMware were some of the main vendors in attendance.
Channel Partners’ Lynn Haber attended the conference. Read her recaps from Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.
Scroll through the gallery below to see 12 pictures of attendees, vendors and keynote presenters from the conference.
Day 1 Keynote
Paul Bay, general manager and executive vice president of Ingram Micro
, kicked off the Day 1 Keynote
with his top 5 predictions for 2018: connection, convergence, community, expertise, and back-to-basics.
sponsored a lounge where conference attendees caught up with colleagues and business partners or reached out to meet new ones. Relationship-building at industry conferences gets high marks from partners looking to grow their businesses.
Nirav Sheth, vice president solutions of architecture and engineering for Cisco Global Partner Organization
, led the keynote session: "Cisco – Capitalizing on the Digital Opportunity Together." Sheth talked about how to accelerate business and capitalize on today’s digital opportunities and said that customers are looking to vendors and partners to decipher the complexity in the market to improve their businesses, increase top and bottom-line growth, and differentiate in the marketplace.
Cisco, he noted, is placing its bets and prioritizing, insuring the delivery of a security intelligent platform for digital business. He highlighted Cisco’s security portfolio; the crucial nature of networking; and how Cisco, its partners and customers are poised to succeed in a multi-cloud world, unlock the power in the data and intelligence, and help transform the experiences that customers deliver to their workforce and customers.
The interactive Ingram Micro One Solutions Showcase was filled with vendors, partners, products, solutions and services. The Showcase included Spectrum City, which highlighted five vertical markets – education, healthcare, retail, finance, and local, state and federal government.
booth was represented by Kathy Sardina, senior national account manager and Justin Jarosz, national account manager, who were there to educate partners on virtualization, cloud and mobility.
Ingram Micro Canada
was represented on the Solutions Showcase floor. The booth included: Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Eaton, IBM, McAfee, Microsoft, Scale Computing, StarTech.com, Citrix, ConnectWise and Dell EMC.
representative Todd Billiar, was among those staffing the company’s booth. The technology recruiting specialist works exclusively with VARs and MSPs. Some of the staffing talent the company provides is virtual CEO, systems engineer, network administrator, cloud architect, etc. As a Penton think tank discussed at the Channel Partners Evolution conference, the technology industry is facing a talent shortage
Retail, an area where Ingram Micro has made strides
to perform well, was one of five vertical markets that were a part of Spectrum City, which was a vertical market exhibit on the showcase floor. The other vertical markets were education, healthcare, finance, and local, state and federal governments.
APC by Schneider Electric
set up the hoops in the company’s booth. The vendor has a GEM (government, education and medical) partner program as well as its Edge IT Program for partners to help transition the complexities of IoT into revenue in local edge environments (i.e. branch and remote offices).
It’s not all big vendor showcasing in the big hall, as partners also chatted with companies like Awingu.com
. Julie Govaert (second from left), director of business development with Awingu, introduced herself to numerous booth visitors. The Belgium-based company, with offices in NY and San Francisco, offers a unified workspace solution that aggregates all company applications and files into one secure online workspace that can be accessed from any device, OS, or browser.
When all was said and done, the "Final Night Out" event offered some Texas flair. That’s right – cowboys and cowgirls. There was music, drinking, and a live cowboy rodeo to help kick up some dust.
Missed IMOne 2017? Mark your calendars for IMOne 2018 in Washington, D.C.