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Top 20 Technology Partner Conferences, Summits & Events: Q2 2017

Welcome to the first week of Q2 2017. Still trying to plan your business travel for this quarter? Here are 20 technology conferences, summits and events that have strong channel partner-related content. Note: The conferences are sorted by date. Not by popularity. Also, these conferences and more are listed on ChannelE2E's Technology Events Calendar. Here are the conferences we're closely tracking in Q2 2017...
1. SAS Global Forum 2017 (April 2-5): SAS Institute's conference for partners and customers, most of whom are focused on big data, business intelligence, analytics, data science and more.
Mark Cattini
Mark Cattini
2. Autotask Community Live Europe (April 9-11): Autotask CEO Mark Cattini and VP Pat Burns are scheduled to deliver key notes. Key themes will focus on Autotask's unified business management platform for IT service providers. Plus, expect updates on the company's endpoint backup strategy.
3. Channel Partners Conference and Expo (April 10-13): The convergence of telecom partners and IT solutions providers will be on full display at the conference.

4. DockerCon 2017 (April 17-20): Still trying to figure out how to leverage software containers within your business or for your customers? DockerCon is the place to find answers. Plus, poke around and you may hear more updates on Docker's growing partner program.
Renee Bergeron Bergeron
6. Ingram Micro Cloud Summit 2017 (April 19-21): This is likely the industry's biggest gathering of cloud-centric channel partners. Need a preview? Ingram's Jason Bystrak offered some updates on Ingram's Odin cloud platform strategy during CompTIA Annual Member Meeting last month in Chicago. Plus, listen closely for Ingram Senior VP Renee Bergeron's update on Ingram Micro Cloud momentum. Here are the Ingram Micro cloud adoption stats she shared during the 2016 conference.
Sammy Kinlaw
7. Lenovo Accelerate 2017 (April 24-26): North America Channel Chief Sammy Kinlaw and his lieutenants provide updates on the company's new data center partner program. Plus, how Kinlaw will emphasize desktops, workstations and other hardware in 2017.

8. Ted2017 (April 24-28): One of the best-known thought leadership conferences in the world...
Craig West
9. NetSuite SuiteWorld 2017 (April 24-27): A particularly timely event, now that Oracle owns NetSuite. What surprises will NetSuite Channel Chief Craig West offer attendees? We'll poke around for clues.
ConnectWise CEO Arnie Bellini Arnie Bellini
10. ConnectWise IT Nation Europe 2017 (April 25-27): ConnectWise extends its popular IT Nation conference brand into the European market. CEO Arnie Bellini and President David Bellini are expected to host the conference.
But wait. More content awaits you on page 2. Proceed to page two now and see conferences 11 through 23 on our list of the top partner summits and gatherings for Q2 2017. Welcome to page two. Enjoy a second serving of Q2 2017 channel partner event dates and locations -- items 11 to 23 -- here. 11. ASCII IT SMB Success Summits (April 26-27): The latest stop for the popular small business IT conference series. Plus, watch for additional ASCII Summits in May and June.
12. HTG Q2 2017 North America (May 1-5): The latest quarterly meeting of HTG Peer Groups -- which allows VARs, MSPs and IT service providers to benchmark their businesses against one another. Also, keep an eye on HTG Q2 2017 Europe and APAC later in May.
13. Technology Services Summit (May 1-3): Hosted by the Technology Services Industry Association. This is new to our radar and we're giving it a close look.
robin robins Robin Robins
14. IT Sales and Marketing Boot Camp (May 3-6): The wildly popular gathering hosted by Technology Marketing Toolkit and Robin Robins.
15. ServiceNow Knowledge 2017 (May 7-11): ServiceNow is the fast-growing provider of cloud-based IT service management software. Accenture and other companies have been acquiring ServiceNow partners worldwide. Attend the conference to find out why.
Michael Dell
16. Dell EMC World 2017 (May 8-11): The latest perspectives from Michael Dell and his lieutenants. Poke around and you'll hear updates on Dell's financing plans -- which asset partners with the transition from CapEx to OpEx sales.
fred voccola Fred Voccola
17. Kaseya Connect 2017 (May 9-11): Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola will surely describe the MSP software company's continued RMM, PSA and cloud management push. Plus, keep any eye on Kaseya's growing backup push. There could be a surprise partner or two in the mix...
18. Microsoft Build 2017 (May 10-12): If you're a software developer focused on Windows, Azure and Microsoft platforms then this is a can't miss conference.

19. VeeamON Conference (May 16-18): Veeam's rapid growth -- across backup, disaster recovery and business continuity software -- continues. But can Veeam's channel team successfully target small, midmarket and enterprise partners? Plus, what's the latest on rumors that suggest HP Enterprise wants  to buy Veeam? We'll check for answers.
Austin McChord
20. DattoCon17 (June 5-7): Datto's global conference for MSPs remains in growth mode. CEO Austin McChord will keynote. Among the themes: Watch for McChord to describe Datto's expansion from backup and data protection to networking and unified threat management (UTM).
Gary Pica Gary Pica
21. TruMethods Schnizzfest 2017 (June 15-17): Hosted by CEO Gary Pica and CTO Bob Penland, this ranks among one of our favorite events of the year. Why? Because of the non-nonsense on-stage discussions about building and managing MSPs.
Brett Cheloff
22. ConnectWise Automation Nation 2017 (June 19-21): Designed for MSP service desk managers and techies who leverage ConnectWise Automate (formerly LabTech) for remote monitoring and management. Expect updates on ConnectWise's GUI enhancements and integrations. Here's what GM Brett Cheloff shared at last year's conference.
23. D&H Back to School Show (June 21-23): If you're an IT services provider focused on the education vertical, this event should be of strong interest.
What Did We Miss?: Surely, there are additional IT channel partner conferences and summits set for Q2 2017 that we overlooked. To point them out to us, please visit the ChannelE2E Technology Event Calendar. There, you can submit the event's name, date, location and description. We'll potentially include the submission in our ongoing calendar updates.
Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.