The biggest retail technology event of the year, the first SMB TechFest event of the year, and the only presidential inauguration event for the next four years are all up ahead for the SMB channel this week.
Monday, January 16th
- The National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & Expo, which got underway yesterday in New York City, rolls into day 2. The show’s third and final day is tomorrow.
Reader ROI: The NRF’s yearly technology showcase is widely known as “Retail's Big Show” for a reason. 33,000 people are expected to attend this year, along with over 118 sponsors, and more than 300 speakers. One of those speakers, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, keynoted yesterday about combining big data and the Internet of Things to create engaging customer experiences. Cisco, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft, SonicWall, and Toshiba are among the more than 510 exhibitors in the 235,000 square foot expo hall.
- The World of Concrete show, which also kicked off yesterday, continues in Las Vegas.
Reader ROI: And while it has absolutely nothing to do with the technology industry, we’re just tickled to know that people will be gathering in Las Vegas this week to explore the wonderful World of Concrete. If you show up today you’ll already have missed yesterday’s excursion to Hoover Dam (pictured), which the show’s organizers note is one of “the world’s most famous concrete structures.”
Tuesday, January 17th
- Epson, which has been on something of a product launch roll lately, introduces yet another new offering.
Reader ROI: We can’t say more than that for the moment, but will have complete coverage for you tomorrow.
- OKI Data, not to be outdone by Epson, unveils a fresh wave of products of its own.
Reader ROI: And we’ll tell you all about them tomorrow when the details go public.
- Zyxel makes a product announcement of likely interest to anyone who supports high-density networking environments.
Reader ROI: Once more, we must leave you with nothing more to go on than that tantalizing hint for right now, but will have more for you on Tuesday.
Wednesday January 18th
- The first SMB TechFest event of 2017 gets started in Anaheim, Calif. It wraps up on Thursday.
Reader ROI: Today is actually the pre-day for tomorrow’s main day, which includes sessions on security-as-a-service, cashing in on the Internet of Things, building mobile apps, tuning up your sales processes, and more. ChannelPro is a sponsor of the conference, so stop on by our booth on the show floor and say hello.
Friday, January 20th
- It’s inauguration day!
Reader ROI: And while that’s happier news for some of us than others, surely everyone can agree that another peaceful, democratic transfer of power is cause for celebration.
Your guess about the content of President-elect Trump’s inaugural address is as good as ours, but we’re betting the length comes in somewhere between that of the shortest speech ever delivered (George Washington’s second, which was a mere 135 words long) and the longest. That was William Henry Harrison’s 8,445-word marathon, which he delivered on a frigid March day while both coat-less and hat-less. He died of pneumonia 32 days later.
Wondering about that picture? It’s the first photograph of an inauguration, taken in 1857, when James Buchanan assumed office. McKinley was the first president to be filmed taking the oath, in 1897, Calvin Coolidge was the first to be broadcast on radio, in 1925, and Harry Truman was the first to appear on television, in 1949. Bill Clinton, in 1997, was the first to be livestreamed online, and we suspect he was hoping his wife would be the first to have her inauguration livecast on Twitter. Alas, it was not to be.