Standing Room Only - 32% Increase in Partner Attendance!
IT and Telecom Channels Collide at Spring 2010 Channel Partners Expo
The collision of the IT and telecom channels shook the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas when 3,200 people gathered for the Spring 2010 Channel Partners Conference & Expo. The beginnings of an economic recovery and meteoric tech innovation have accelerated the channel's Big Bang.
One of the key takeaways from the recent recession - for partners, that is - is that businesses don't just want the best price, they want the best value. They want someone to manage their services, not just find the lowest transport cost. They also want outside experts to choose, install and maintain their hardware. That means traditional telecom agents and traditional data VARs have to expand their capabilities and specialties, and rely on each other to learn the ins and outs.
In the hallways, session rooms and expo hall, topics like hosted services, unified communications, energy sourcing and equipment provisioning dominated the conversations.
Click here to read the full story: The Channel's Big Bang, by Phone+ editor, Kelly Teal.
Read what these 2010 attendees enjoyed most:
“I liked the atmosphere and the energy of the show. The exhibitors had a wide latitude of things they could do, so it made it fun.” - Michael McLean, Vice President, 5280 Networks, Inc.
“High attendance and a LOT of networking going on all week.” - Jeffrey W Taverna, Managing Partner, ESI Inc of MN
“It's always good to see the channel managers and upper management of the companies I do business with. I got to see some old friends and we discussed business successes and challenges.” - Dodd DeVaney, Manager, Transcom Telecommunications
“Meeting with the people I usually only speak to on the phone. There is a huge value in face to face conversations, and the Expo provides the perfect opportunity.” - Patti Connelly, Director of Client Services, Comtel Communications
With attendee participation up 32% the sky is the limit for the channel. We look forward to the continued growth and success of the channel and your participation at the 2010 Fall event, September 20-22 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C.!