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ChannelPro SMB Forum Wraps Up Successful Philadelphia Event

The full-day, live event offered in-depth, interactive sessions featuring some of the industry’s top channel pros and experts in cloud computing, managed services, and Windows Server 2003 migrations. By ChannelPro

ChannelPro-SMB, the premier source of business and technology insights for channel partners serving the small and midsize business market, held its final 2014 live event on November 5th in Philadelphia.

Event sessions included Secrets to Making Money in the Cloud, Extreme Makeover: Managed Services Sales Edition, Life after Server 2003 and Windows XP: The Long Tail of Opportunity, and CompTIA’s Quick Start Session to Tackling Cloud Security Concerns. In addition, a unique technology trends session provided attendees with a hands-on look at the latest hardware innovations.

The SMB Forum represented a dynamic cross-section of the channel with more than 160 IT solution providers, managed service providers, VARs, IT consultants, expert speakers, and sponsors under one roof. The full-day, live event was hailed as a success by all involved. “We had a great turnout and an energetic and engaged crowd,” said Michael Siggins, vice president and publisher of ChannelPro-SMB and master of ceremonies at the event. “ChannelPro-SMB is the only media outlet that focuses on the unique needs of channel pros serving the SMB market, and this event brings all of our efforts to life in a dynamic way.”

The event also featured a showcase of vendor solutions for SMBs, which provided additional learning opportunities for channel pros and enabled them to get one-on-one advice on employing new technologies and services to better serve their customers.

In turn, attendees bestowed the following awards on event sponsors:

• LogMeIn: Best Cloud-based Solution

• Datto: Best in Show

• ASCII: Best Partner Community

• HP: Best Hardware Solution

• MAXfocus: Best Partner Program

• My Digital Shield: Best New Solution

• StorageCraft: Best Software Solution

• Datto: Most Innovative Solution

“By participating in the ChannelPro SMB Forum, channel partners have a unique opportunity to learn about IT trends and changes in the marketplace from colleagues who embraced new trends and business models early on and paved the way for their success,” said Cecilia Galvin, ChannelPro-SMB executive editor and a session moderator at the event. “They also took advantage of the showcase of vendor solutions that will enable them to meet the ever-growing IT needs of their SMB client base.”

Four ChannelPro SMB Forum events are planned for 2015: Washington DC area in March, San Jose area in May, Chicago area in September, and New York City area in November. Interested attendees can pre-register at www.ChannelProForum.com.

Sponsors interested in the events should contact the ChannelPro-SMB team immediately: Joel Zaidspiner at 561-422-5119 or Lisa Sherman at 917-388-9531. More sponsorship info can be found at: http://ChannelProForum.com/sponsors/how-to-sponsor.

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