Events for fans of SharePoint, Docker, and Ingram Micro, analytics product news from Microsoft, and the anniversary of the lamest—and first—YouTube video ever are all coming up for the SMB channel this week.By Rich Freeman
The latest SMB TechFest event, Ingram Micro Cloud Summit, and Qualcomm earnings update, plus a chance to revisit the video that got YouTube off to an inauspicious start, all figure on the SMB channel’s calendar for the week ahead.
- The SharePoint Fest D.C. starts up in (you guessed it) Washington D.C. It concludes on Thursday.
Reader ROI: Technically speaking, today and tomorrow are pre-days for this event, which targets administrators, developers, and power users of Microsoft’s flagship knowledge management platform. Microsoft, not surprisingly, heads up a long list of sponsors that also includes 2017 ChannelPro “vendor on the vanguard” Nintex. Similar shows are scheduled for later this year in Chicago, Denver, and Microsoft’s home town, Seattle.
- DockerCon gets rolling in Austin, Texas. It runs through Thursday.
Reader ROI: Docker’s annual celebration of all things container features sessions for experts, beginners, and everyone in between. Most of that content is heavily technical, but we could get some strategy and product roadmap updates as well during the general sessions today and tomorrow morning. Tonight’s party for DockerCon attendees includes tributes to Austin’s colorful neighborhoods and a “container bar” (pictured) that as Docker rightly points out “needs little explanation.”
- TechDay, a 1-day showcase for technology startups, takes place in New York City.
Reader ROI: The 35,000 people expected to attend will include entrepreneurs seeking investors, investors seeking investments, developers seeking employment, and IT industry powerhouses like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft seeking companies they might want to buy someday. In case all of that isn’t enough, ABC’s Shark Tank program will hold its New York casting call onsite as well.
Wednesday, April 19th
- The Ingram Micro Cloud Summit gets going in Phoenix. It concludes on Friday.
Reader ROI: Ingram Micro is dead serious about transitioning successfully from the pick-pack-and-ship era of distribution to the cloud age, and there may be no better evidence than this conference. Now an annual landmark on the event circuit, the Cloud Summit brings over 1,500 people together for more than 100 sessions on current and future opportunities online. Expect Renee Bergeron (pictured), Ingram’s global cloud channel SVP, to make a little cloud-related news as well, some of which (hint, hint) may even happen before the summit gets underway. Keep your eyes peeled to this website for complete coverage.
- The 2017 ITEX show opens in Las Vegas. It closes on Thursday.
Reader ROI: In yet another sign, if any were needed, that traditionally distinct channels are rapidly converging, ITEX has expanded beyond its roots in the document imaging world to encompass managed services and telephony as well. Exhibitors at this year’s show include ConnectWise, Epson, HP, Oki Data, Sharp, SYNNEX, Tigerpaw, and ChannelPro—drop by our booth and say hello if you’re among the more than 2,000 anticipated attendees.
- Data Amp, a new Microsoft online event, takes place.
Reader ROI: The one-day show about capitalizing on solutions combining analytics, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence starts with a 2-hour keynote in which Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie and Joseph Sirosh (pictured) will share “exciting announcements” of an unspecified nature. The downloadable calendar appointment on Microsoft’s website, however, suggests those announcements will be product-related. Dozens of on-demand technical sessions will be available after the keynote wraps up.
- Qualcomm posts earnings for the second quarter of its 2017 fiscal year.
Reader ROI: And a busy quarter it was. In January, Qualcomm shipped its 10nm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform, in February it announced a portfolio of products for the 802.11ax wireless protocol, in March it became one of several vendors whose ARM server processors will be used in Microsoft’s cloud data centers, and just last week it wound up on the losing end of an arbitration judgement requiring it pay BlackBerry nearly $815 million. The company’s top brass will undoubtedly face questions about all four developments during today’s investor conference call.
Thursday, April 20th
- This year’s Q2 SMB TechFest event takes place in Anaheim, Calif.
Reader ROI: The latest edition of these reliably informative conferences includes sessions on marketing best practices, new directions in cloud computing, and the power of standard operating procedures, among other topics. There’s also a 12,000 square foot expo hall packed with sponsors and a raffle offering a chance to a win a 60-inch TV and some driving time in a Lamborghini Huracan (pictured).
Friday, April 21st
Reader ROI: In a way, and not for two more days, actually. Turns out the very first YouTube video ever was uploaded on April 23, 2005 by co-founder Jawed Karim (pictured). It pretty much speaks for itself, but we will make this observation: If you ever find yourself in a position to even possibly make history, you might want to put a little thought into how you go about it, lest you end up known for all posterity as the guy who officially launched a video platform that now claims over a billion users worldwide by observing that a) elephant trunks are really long, b) that’s cool, and c) there’s pretty much nothing more to say.