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Top 50 Channel Partner Conferences & Technology Events for 2018

Welcome to page five, featuring conferences 41 through 50, sorted alphabetically

Don’t forget: The entire ChannelE2E Technology Event Calendar for 2018 and beyond is here.

41. Sup-X Startup Expo 2018 (March 6-7): A solid conference to see next-generation companies and technologies before they go mainstream — or flame out…

42. Synnex Varnex 2018 (Multiple Dates): A popular spring and fall gathering for Synnex partners. Bonus: Don’t overlook Synnex Inspire.

43. Tech Data Tech Select (Multiple Dates): A longstanding gathering of Tech Data partners in both the spring and the fall. Bonus: Don’t overlook Tech Data Channel Link, which is tentatively scheduled for June.

44. TechDay (Multiple Dates): Massive gathering of startup technology companies, investors and more. Held in multiple cities thoughout the year.

45. TruMethods Schnizzfest 2018 (June 7-9): The TruMethods team, led by CEO Gary Pica and CTO Bob Penland, host one of the single best MSP gatherings of the year.

46. VeeamOn 2018 (May 14-16): One of the fastest-growing, largest conferences focused on data protection. Mainly a customer conference, but don’t overlook the smart Veeam partners — particularly CSPs — at the event.

47. VMware VMworld 2018 (August 26-30): Mainly positioned as a customer conference, but there also are plenty of partners on hand at this massive event. Bonus: Don’t overlook VMware Partner Leadership Summit, though that’s often by invitation only.

48. Workday Rising 2018 (October 1-4): Workday is one of the fastest-growing providers of SaaS-based business management software. The conference attracts customers, developers and partners.

49. XChange 2018 (Multiple Dates): Xchange, hosted by The Channel Company, is one of the best-known conferences for channel partners. Bonus: The organizers also just such events as Best of Breed, NextGen and Women of the Channel.

50. ChannelE2E and MSSP Alert Webcasts: Yes, our very own monthly webcasts for ChannelE2E and MSSP Alert readers.

Don’t forget: The entire ChannelE2E Technology Event Calendar for 2018 and beyond is here.

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    Jason Nelson:

    Hi, Joe. Could you email me your top 5 must go to events for a generic 25 person MSP CEO like myself? Grateful!

    Jason Nelson, CEO

      Joe Panettieri:

      Hey Jason: I hope all is well. Happy New Year. I will send you an email but also wanted to share my thoughts publicly for all readers. Top 5 MSP events for an SMB-type IT service provider? I’d start here…

      1. Your PSA, RMM & BDR providers: Do they have an annual event or major regional event?
      2. Amazon AWS re:Invent 2018 (Nov. 26-30, Las Vegas). Be sure to visit booths like 2nd Watch and AHEAD to understand how MSPs in the sector are building services. AWS re:Invent is a must-attend. The company also hosts regional AWS Global Summits but I’ve yet to see schedules for 2018 on that.
      3. TruMethods Schnizzfest 2018 (June 7-9, Philadelphia). I don’t know if they allow non-members to attend, but this ranks among the best business- and sales-focused MSP conference focused purely on company building.
      4. Peer group conferences such as those hosted by HTG.
      5. Next-generation monitoring, management & automation conferences such as those hosted by ServiceNow and New Relic. You’ll find next-gen MSPs flooding them, though more traditional SMB IT service providers rarely attend. Good way to see how enterprise-class cloud monitoring and automation is going mainstream.

    Scott Millar:

    Great insight Joe – appreciate the top 5. Do you have any recommendations for UK events?

      Joe Panettieri:

      Hi Scott: We haven’t broken out a specific UK list, but such events are included in our overall events calendar.


    Emma Simpson:

    Some amazing conferences happening this year, thank you for sharing.

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    Ana Andree:

    Hi Joe,

    Can you recommend any events for a vendor? i am in charge of Partner programs and looking for an event with a good content around partner needs, improving vendor programs offering, driving the retention and of course revenue. At this point I am looking for events worldwide 🙂 Thanks for your help!

    Ana Andree

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