Our team enjoyed Channel Partners in Las Vegas and we’ve got some highlights to share with you!
Channel Partners Conference and Expo is the largest channel event for the technology services community. The event drew approximately 6000 industry experts, including agents, VARs, MSPs, integrators, and service providers to Las Vegas for the four-day event. Here’s our recap:
Notes from the Conference Floor
Channel Partners attendees came from various tech backgrounds, in our experience the majority were from companies that are moving towards a cloud-based focus. The attendees were very engaged and, as is par for the course, there was no shortage of networking opportunities. This conference was a great opportunity to meet and greet at an expedited level as we continue to grow the ImagIT brand.
We found the sessions to be very well attended, some had not a single seat available! This year we noticed that many breakouts were focused on marketing than on educating. There were some informative and interesting speakers, one of our favorites was Jay McBain, Forrester Principal Analyst, who took the stage to discuss “5 Trends Shaping the Future of the Channel”. It was good to see the IT industry spending breakdown that, for us, spelled unlimited growth potential! We also attended sessions from AT&T Alliance Channel, Fastball, and Avant.
While at the conference, we spent considerable time not only at the Expo Hall but in poolside cabanas which seems to be a favorable trend. CallOne and Flexential had a couple of our favorite setups that allowed a fresh, open forum style of networking in a relaxed atmosphere. The sun is a welcome source of lighting for meetings as opposed to the florescent expo room illumination. The Expo Hall had a good number of exhibitors, we estimate that the hall was about 80% full, and most attendees visited the expo to network. Broadvoice had the best exhibit which mimicked a large family backyard BBQ. Fully equipped with a picnic tables (great for networking), a dartboard, full bar and awesome displays throughout!
There were a plethora of social events and networking opportunities during Channel Partners that our team attended. Call One’s event at Rockhouse was a tremendous hit, and we returned the following night for Nitel’s party. We also enjoyed events at the Minus5 Ice Bar, TAO Beach, and Drai’s; and had great conversations with attendees as well as with the sponsors. All around Channel Partners is a nice event for networking parties!
Channel Partners was an enjoyable event and we look forward to continuing to grow the relationships that developed. If you missed us but would like to start a conversation lets schedule a time to chat, we’re always working to line up synergistic meetings during our travels!
Drop us a line and we will get something on the books for:
ASCII IT Success Summit- May 16-17 in Chicago, IL
TrustX- May 14-17 in Colorado Springs, CO
Connectivity Expo- May 21-23 in Charlotte, NC
Please look out for our next Conference Recap on International Telecoms Week (ITW).
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