ConnectWise Automation Nation 2017, the company's annual gathering of RMM (remote monitoring and management) partners, is expected to attract several hundred technology solutions providers, MSPs and IT service providers when the conference kicks off June 19 in Orlando, Fla.
ChannelE2E has already arrived on the scene. Stay tuned for live blogs this week. Among the key topics expected to take center stage: The technology talent gap, and the pressing need for partners to address cybersecurity for SMB customers.
Indeed, more than a dozen cybersecurity-centric companies are set to attend the conference. Among the pressing questions on my mind: How many MSPs will launch dedicated managed security services provider business practices in the weeks and months ahead?
Anecdotal evidence is everywhere. During the TruMethods Schnizzfest and Ingram Micro SMB Alliance conferences last week, we heard from multiple sources about their dedicated MSSP plans (more on that soon). Now, we're onto Automation Nation 2017.
Datto vs. Veeam: Yes, the predicted showdown is starting to come into focus...
18. Documentation and Security: Not exactly a security platform, documentation tools still play key roles in proper cybersecurity strategies. Keep an eye on players like IT Glue and IT Boost, in particular.
19. Distributors and Security: Distributors with security know-how also are on hand. Players to watch include Core3 Technologies, Ingram Micro and Pax8. Ingram, by the way, now has 10,000 security partners in its ecosystem. Also, upstart Pax8 offers multiple security solutions for MSPs, including options from BAE Systems, DataMapt, IBM Maas360, Infrascale, Sophos and Symantec.
20. Network Operation Centers and Security: ProvalTech and IT By Design are on hand. The outsourced NOC (network operations center) provider specializes in ConnectWise Automate support for MSPs. But here's the thing: Some NOC providers are evolving to offer security operations centers. The prime examples include Continuum and NetEnrich. Will ProvalTech and IT By Design do the same? We're checking.
What Did We Miss?: Plenty, I'm sure. Got questions about the conference that you need answered? Email me: [email protected]. I'll be working a range of reader questions into my conversations over the next two days.