Some critical keynotes from top industry CEOs, a big gathering of print partners, and the final portion of the only Triple Crown people seem to care much about are all up ahead for the SMB channel this week.
See our industry events calendar for a look at what’s up this year.
Reader ROI: Back in October, when BDR kingpin Datto hosted the overseas edition of DattoCon, the company told ChannelPro that going forward it would make each year’s biggest product announcements at its two annual partner conferences. That means we’re in for a lot of news tomorrow morning when CEO Austin McChord delivers his keynote speech. ChannelPro will have all the details for you on that presentation and the product roadmap talk McChord’s younger brother Ian presents in the afternoon, plus additional insights derived from one-on-one interviews with top Datto executives.
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, pictured and better known once upon a time as the hosts of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters program, will also be in the house to share some combination of scientific knowledge and controlled mayhem.
- Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (aka WWDC) gets started in San Jose, Calif. It continues through the end of the week.
Reader ROI: There will be scads of technical content all week long, but the main event for everyone outside Apple’s coder community (which supposedly has $70 billion worth of reasons to be cheerful these days) takes place this morning when CEO Tim Cook delivers his keynote speech. As usual, no one knows exactly what hyper-secretive Apple plans to announce, but it’s a fair bet we’ll get previews of forthcoming iOS and MacOS updates, and rumor mongers say Apple will unveil a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and some new MacBook laptops as well. Guest speakers include Christine Darden, one of the legendary “human computers” from NASA depicted in the movie Hidden Figures.
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Discover event for customers and partners gets moving in earnest. It runs through Thursday.
Reader ROI: We say “in earnest” because registration opened on Monday, but the first general session, featuring a talk by CEO Meg Whitman (pictured), takes place this afternoon. HPE plans to stream the speech live, and it should be worth watching, if for no other reason than to see how well Whitman soothes any anxieties raised by last week’s disappointing quarterly earnings report.
There will be product news out of HPE Discover too, of course, quite a bit of it in fact. We’ll tell you all about it right here on this website throughout the week.
- The Business Technology Association kicks off its national conference for 2017, in Kansas City. The show concludes on Saturday.
Reader ROI: Ready to get into print services? You should be if you’re not there already, and this conference is a good place to get started. Attendees will have access to a rich series of educational sessions, an expo hall packed with top vendors, and a keynote speech by former Navy SEAL and current leadership guru Leif Babin (pictured).
- It’s time to place your bets, horse racing fans!
Reader ROI: Because the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, takes place tomorrow afternoon. Alas, there won’t actually be a Triple Crown on the line this year, because Always Dreaming, who won the Kentucky Derby last month, finished 8th a couple weeks later at the Preakness Stakes. Saturday’s mile and a half long endurance test will attract tens of thousands of in-person viewers and a TV audience in the millions anyway.
Too bad other Triple Crowns don’t get that kind of attention. Sure, the Triple Crown of bridge may not be much to look at, but the Triple Crown of professional wrestling is certainly a spectacle. And while 12 horses have won the Thoroughbred Triple Crown, only 2 people have claimed the Triple Crown of cycling and only one person has ever secured the Triple Crown of motorsports.
Plus, horses have to run a bit under 4 miles to win their Triple Crown, while hikers must cover some 7,900 miles to complete theirs, and climb over 1,000,000 feet in the process. Shouldn’t they at least get a blanket of carnations for the effort?