If you missed this edition of the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, you missed an amazing one — and we’re not just talking about the keynotes, conference education tracks, VIP sessions and networking events.
The 6,200 participants who made their way through the expo hall April 10-12 saw some of the biggest and brightest booths we’ve ever had. An open floor plan was popular this year, with suppliers leaving plenty of room to greet partners and discuss the latest in new technologies and channel programs.
The usual players were right up front – think AT&T and Verizon – but we also saw some new players (such as XaaS1) and others that took their presence to a whole new level (C Spire). RingCentral wowed with an amazing video screen, and Nextiva and Broadvoice offered up some fun and games.
And those are just half of the exhibitors featured in the gallery below.
Scroll through to see what you missed or to relive some of the remarkable efforts that went into assembling these incredible booths at #CPExpo. We only wish we had more room here to show all of the 230+ booths on the show floor. Guess you’ll just have to be at Channel Partners Evolution, Sept. 9-12, in Washington, D.C. — your next chance to experience anything like it.
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In addition to showing off its "limitless opportunities" right at the front of the expo hall like it usually is, Team AT&T
, the Channel Partners Conference & Expo title sponsor, announced during the show a new leader for its collection of partner programs under the AT&T Partner Solutions umbrella.Stacey Marx takes the reins
from Zee Hussain, who is moving to the carrier's global business unit as SVP of finance, health care and industry solutions. Marx is a 23-year company veteran, most recently was vice president of national business for AT&T's central region.
set up shop right across the aisle from its chief rival.
The company, which was the official 5G sponsor of the event and the sponsor of this year's First-Time Attendee Reception (appropriately held at Mandalay Bay's Red Square nightclub), introduced its brand-new channel chief to its partners. Dave Longo, just on the job since March, is a 22-year veteran of the company.
, our official conference sponsor, sported a number of different basketball and basketball-type activities in its massive booth space.
's booth space was so big and eye-popping that we caught it in the background of at least two other booth pictures in this gallery!
We caught up with the company's new channel chief, Mario DeRiggi, for a one-on-one interview
. DeRiggi, who also was inducted into our Circle of Excellence
on April 11, told us about the furious pace in his first few months on the job and what's in store for the company's partner community.
There was a lot of business getting done at Broadvoice
's booth, but there also were fun 'n' games. The company hosted a ping pong tournament throughout the event.
Broadvoice also made news at the show with the launch of a new customer success team
dedicated to providing a "superb" customer experience to its clients.
We had to take a vertical shot to squeeze in CoreDial
's booth from top to bottom. A premier sponsor of the event, the company's CEO, Alan Rihm, was inducted into our Circle of Excellence
on April 11.
, showed off its "Lander," a spacecraft-like hub featuring video screens that tell the company's story, from its "humble beginnings and company values, to the many adventures its team has had along the way."
Zailab, which provides a cloud-based contact center platform, took home a pair of Channel Partners Best in Show awards for its efforts
. The company also launched a new partner rewards program
at the show.
A brand-new company, XaaS1
made its presence felt with a booth size that rivaled some of the biggest names in the channel.
Company founder Rick Beckers says XaaS1 (technology as a service) helps customers find and buy the best solutions for their businesses through a number of national digital distributor agreements. Hear it straight from the man himself on the Channel Partners podcast, "Coffee with Craig and Kevin
's giant video screen was a huge draw on the expo floor.
The company broke news at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo by announcing a partnership with PCM to bring cloud communications to enterprises across North America and the U.K.
PCM has a Microsoft practice, security practice, hybrid data-center practice and a collaboration practice. The Rotherham, England-based company is a Cisco gold partner. RingCentral already was a PCM UCaaS partner.
got to give partners more detail about the company's recent name change.
Show attendees know the name Polycom well; that was absorbed by Plantronics when the latter bought the former in 2018. Then earlier this year, Plantronics decided it would start going by "Poly."
Poly leverages the “audio and video expertise of Plantronics and Polycom and its breadth of smart endpoints” that connect across and between UC platforms to reduce the “distractions, complexity and distance in the modern workspace,” the company told us in March
Many suppliers will aspire to be like C-Spire
at our next show. The provider of wireless phone, HDTV and internet services was right up front with a giant booth challenging some of its bigger rivals.
Channel Partners Studio
The Channel Partners Studio, sponsored by LogMeIn/Jive, in the expo hall was once again home to interviews with industry leaders. We also crowned our Best in Show winners on this stage and gave away money to the winner of our traditional passport drawing.
Here, Channel Partners news editor James Anderson sits down for a chat with Verizon's Pete Leuzzi.