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July 9, 2021 |

ChannelPro SMB Forum Hosts MSPs in Atlanta

The ChannelPro SMB Forum Southeast gathered MSPs, IT consultants, VARs, and integrators to discuss business strategies and technology trends for a post-pandemic future.

The ChannelPro SMB Forum Southeast, the second of five in-person regional conferences planned for 2021, took place in Atlanta on July 8. Attendees from Georgia and surrounding states at the day-long event, which was also livestreamed for virtual participants, heard a stellar lineup of presenters reflect on challenges and opportunities in the IT industry and provide actionable advice for capitalizing on current technology trends. MSPs, IT consultants, VARs, and integrators who attended also had the opportunity to interact with panelists, network with peers, and browse the vendor expo.

“Coming off a year like no other, our 2021 SMB Forum events are all about learning from 2020’s challenges and profiting from future opportunities in cloud computing, security, managed services, and beyond,” said Rich Freeman, executive editor of The ChannelPro Network. “The ability to gather in person once again to exchange ideas and have casual conversations with MSP peers is something we appreciate even more now.”

The educational sessions included:

Secrets to Bigger Cloud Margins – Margins on cloud services, according to conventional wisdom, are always and permanently slim. Channel pros Corey Kirkendoll, and Jamison West shared how they are proving that stereotype wrong.

Peer to Peer: The New Normal MSP – What separates channel pros who struggled with last year’s recession from those who were ready for the challenge and are now thriving in the new normal? In 1:1 Q&As, top-performing MSPs Juan Fernandez and Peter Melby provided their perspective.

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From left: Michael O’Hara, Lawrence Cruciana, Bruce McCully

Principles of Zero-Trust Security – Everyone says a zero-trust strategy is the only way to secure work-from-home environments and everything else. What does that mean in practice though? Our panel of security experts, Lawrence Cruciana, Bruce McCully and Michael O’Hara, provided practical, concrete advice on building a zero-trust architecture.

Stump the Sales Pro – Sales expert Mike Schmidtmann provided real-time, real-world advice on the thorniest sales and marketing challenges from our audience.

The Channel Pro’s Strategic Roadmap to Success – Market-leading channel pros don’t get there by accident. Business coach Manuel Palachuk outlined the four steps best-in-class IT providers take to build and execute a winning business strategy.

“It’s great to be back on the road and connecting with local MSPs, integrators, and other channel pros, and we’re grateful for the sponsors that make that possible,” said Michael Siggins, president and publisher of The ChannelPro Network. “As we move toward a post-pandemic future that gets brighter every day, ChannelPro is privileged to bring together the channel community and present top-notch, meaningful events designed to help attendees with all aspects of their business.”

The Southwest ChannelPro SMB Forum concluded with the following vendor awards:

  • Best in Show – Datto
  • Best Cloud Solution – US Signal
  • Best Hardware Solution – Dell and Nfina (tie)
  • Best New Solution – CyberGuard360
  • Most Innovative Solution – Huntress
  • Best Partner Community – Datto
  • Best Software Solution – Huntress
  • Best Revenue Booster – Datto
  • Best Add-on Product – ThreatLocker
  • Best On-Stage Presentation – The 20
  • Best Expo Hall Presentation (Gold and Above) – SKOUT
  • Best Expo Hall Presentation (Silver) – RingLogix and US Signal (tie)
  • Best Distributor – SYNNEX
  • Best IoT Solution – Datto and Ingram Micro (tie)
  • Best Product/Tech Support – CyberGuard360 and Datto (tie)
  • Best Vendor Participation – Cytracom

Many thanks to our Titanium sponsor Dell Technologies; Platinum sponsors Nfina and ThreatLocker; Sapphire sponsor Datto; Premier Gold sponsors Huntress and The 20; and Gold sponsors Acronis, Axcient, ConnectMeVoice, ConnectWise, CyberGuard360, Cytracom, Graphus, GreenLink Networks, Ingram Micro, Rick Jordan, SKOUT, Sophos, Trustifi, and Webroot.

And thanks to our Silver sponsors The ASCII Group, CompTIA, Loop Communications, MYKI, RingLogix, SYNNEX, US Signal, and Zorus.

On September 2, join us for the New England ChannelPro SMB Forum event, which is being held in-person in the Boston area and will be live streamed for virtual attendees. Find out more here.

Additional regional ChannelPro SMB Forum events are planned for in-person attendees and will be live streamed through our online event platform to people who prefer a virtual experience. Dates for those events are:

  • October 6, 2021 Mid-Atlantic – Raleigh, N.C.
  • November 16, 2021 West – Los Angeles, Calif.

Next month, on August 4, ChannelPro is hosting our second Cybersecurity Online Summit of 2021. Find out more here. And on December 8, join us for the Managed Services and Cloud Solutions Online Summit: Best Practices for Accelerated Success. Find out more here.

For more information on all ChannelPro events, go here.


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