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What’s Up This Week: March April 3rd to April 7th

Big security and cloud computing conferences, a giant gathering of tech startups in San Francisco (where else?), and an irresistible purchase for hardcore golfers who are also hardcore geeks lie ahead this week for the SMB channel.

By Rich Freeman

Events for people interested in cloud computing and security plus the first of golf’s major tournaments this year are up ahead this week for the SMB channel.

SPTechConMonday, April 3rd
SPTechCon (aka the SharePoint Technology Conference), which began yesterday, rolls on in Las Vegas. It concludes on Wednesday.

Reader ROI: Attendees will have access to over 80 classes and tutorials devoted to creating, supporting, and utilizing solutions based on Microsoft’s SharePoint knowledge management platform. Microsoft senior product manager Mark Kashman provides an overview of SharePoint’s future today during a morning keynote session, while a panel of SharePoint mavens assesses the size and scope of the SharePoint solution market tomorrow afternoon. Lots of barbecue, one assumes, will be consumed in between.

  • The 2017 edition of HostingCon, an annual conference for cloud service providers, opens in Los Angeles. It runs through Thursday.

Reader ROI: Session tracks cover market opportunities, business management, technology trends, and security. All-access pass holders can also attend 2 sessions at Data Center World, which takes place in the City of Angels today through Thursday as well. The keynote presenter for both events is Kevin Mitnick, the former black hat turned security consultant and chief hacking officer (no, really, that’s his title) for security awareness vendor KnowBe4.

ISC WesyTuesday, April 4th

Reader ROI: Aimed primarily at people who sell video surveillance solutions, building access controls, and other physical security systems, ISC West bleeds into the IT security world as well. Especially this year, when it will be co-located with the Connected Security Expo, which explicitly focuses on convergence between the physical and IT security markets. Keynoters include Philip Celestini, section chief of the FBI’s Cyber Division, and Intel cyber security strategist Matthew Rosenquist, who will explore the many ways cyber threats are changing societal expectations of security, privacy, and safety.

LAUNCH FestivalThursday, April 6th

  • The LAUNCH Festival for tech world startups heats up in San Francisco. It ends tomorrow.

Reader ROI: Though the annual gathering of IT entrepreneurs and investors officially began Monday, today is the first of two days dedicated to product demos and education sessions on scaling a startup and securing venture capital. A select group of inventors will get 10 minutes of stage time to showcase their new product. Everyone else will fight for attention from as many as 15,000 people in the “demo pit” expo hall.

Arccos 360Friday, April 7th

Reader ROI: Which means if you’re a fan of golf’s annual “tradition unlike any other” (per the famous utterance by CBS announcer Jim Nantz, which is now the property of tournament host the Augusta National Golf Club) you’re going to spend a sizeable portion of the next few days on your couch watching the sport’s top names compete for a chance to wear a bright green jacket.

Actually, we shouldn’t make light of the jacket. They cost $250 to make but have sold for as much as $628,000 at auction.

Anyway, those of you more interested in playing golf than watching it might want to check out the caddie-as-a-service solution announced in January by Arccos, in partnership with Microsoft. Called Arccos 360, the cutting-edge amalgam of cloud computing, the Internet of Things, big data, and artificial intelligence draws on readings collected from sensors on your clubs and GPS data from over 40,000 courses to deliver real-time shot recommendations to your smartphone. The system shaves more than 3.5 strokes off a user’s handicap on average, according to Arccos, making it just the thing for technology enthusiasts with plenty of disposable income who take their game perhaps a touch too seriously.

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Rich Freeman is ChannelPro's Executive Editor

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