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Channel Brief: AppDirect and Liongard Promote Conferences, E78 Acquires The Avail Group

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Happy Friday, folks. I don't know about you, but that seemed like a really long week with a lot happening!

Today, we've added two new conferences to our list at the bottom -- Liongard's RoarCon event in Frisco, Texas in July and AppDirect's Thrive! in Chicago in September.

We're also checking out E78 Partners' acquisition of The Avail Group and Climb Channel Solutions' partnership with Flashpoint to help customers access Flashpoint's threat intelligence platform.

Grab your coffee. Here’s what you need to know today.

Today’s Tech, Channel and MSP News

1. Climb Channel Solutions Partners With Flashpoint: Today, specialty distributor Climb Channel Solutions announced a partnership with Flashpoint to enable more partners to access Flashpoint's comprehensive threat intelligence platform, Flashpoint Ignite, which integrates human-powered data collection and intelligence. This collaboration underscores Climb Channel Solutions’ commitment to offering innovative technologies to its network of VARs and MSPs, the company said in a statement. Climb Channel Solutions is a global specialty technology distributor focusing on security, data management, connectivity, storage and HCI, virtualization and cloud, and software and application lifecycle.

2. E78 Partners Acquires The Avail Group: E78 Partners, a provider of advisory, talent, and managed solutions to asset managers, private equity sponsors, and corporate leaders across the middle-market through Fortune 500 companies, announced that it has acquired The Avail Group, an IT advisory firm that designs, deploys, and manages mission critical IT systems and private networks for global enterprises. The Avail Group's direct relationships with over 100 of the world’s largest network connectivity providers allow them to aggregate these providers and serve as a single point of contact for their management. This approach can significantly reduce IT expenses for businesses, which typically allocate 7% to 18% of their revenue to tech services and often face overbilling by carriers amounting to 8% to 12%.

3. AppDirect Announces New Conference: AppDirect has officially announced its annual B2B commerce event, Thrive! The conference will take place September 17-19 in Chicago. Attendees can expect to connect with global leaders, Fortune 500 companies, and technology partners to discuss the future of B2B subscription commerce, AppDirect said. Leaders from Microsoft and Verizon will be taking the stage alongside AppDirect CEO Nicolas Desmarais.

4. Liongard's Inaugural Roarcon: Attack surface management platform and cybersecurity provider Liongard announced on LinkedIn that its inaugural RoarCon event will be held July 23 through July 25 in Frisco, Texas. Check out the LinkedIn post here and register here.

5. Hurry Up, Cloud MSPs! Submit Your Survey to Our Top Cloud MSPs List - Don't forget! Our Top 250 Public Cloud MSPs survey is open now, but it closes soon. Don’t wait until the last minute. Get it done and check it off your list today so you don’t miss the deadline. If your MSP practice includes working with a cloud provider, this survey is for you. Here’s the link to participate. Participation is free. The survey closes in June. Submit your MSP here for recognition today! And if you want to check our lists from previous years, you can find them here.

In-Person MSP and Channel Partner Events

  1. Splunk .conf24 - June 11-14, Venetian, Las Vegas
  2. THREAD Technology Conference (hosted by D&H) - June 18, Hershey, Pennsylvania
  3. FLOW Automation Conference (hosted by Rewst) - June 17-19, The Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, Tampa, Florida
  4. Liongard RoarCon - July 23 - 25, Frisco, Texas
  5. CompTIA ChannelCon - July 30 - August 1, 2024, Atlanta, Georgia, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
  6. AppDirect Thrive! September 17-18, Chicago, Illinois
  7. MSSP Alert Live, October 14-16, Austin, Texas