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What’s Up This Week: June 6-June 10

A series of conferences hosted by IT industry heavyweights and an important anniversary of sorts in the history of data center mishaps figure prominently on the SMB channel’s agenda this week. By Rich Freeman

Conferences for fans of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lenovo, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, education technology, and “the Schnizz” are all up ahead this week for the SMB channel.

Monday, June 6th

  • Lenovo announdes a major new product.

Reader ROI: That's all we can say for now, but we'll tell you everything you need to know right here on this website later today.

  • Attendee registration opens for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Discover event in Las Vegas. The conference itself gets underway in earnest tomorrow and ends on Thursday.

Reader ROI: Targeted at IT professionals and decision-makers more than partners, this year’s Discover will be a sort of coming out party for the recently-born HPE featuring keynotes by president and CEO Meg Whitman and other senior executives as well as 16 “Transformation Workshops” and a wide range of breakouts, panel discussions, and other sessions.

Tuesday, June 7th 

Reader ROI: Presentations by Scott Guthrie (pictured), Microsoft’s executive vice president for cloud and enterprise, and Jujhar Singh, the general manager in charge of the Dynamics CRM product group, are among the highlights of this online event, which will also provide further details about the Dynamics CRM Spring 2016 Wave release and new Connected Field Service solution Microsoft rolled out last week.

  • The 18th International Cloud Expo opens in New York City. It concludes on Thursday.

Reader ROI: There will be more than just cloud computing under discussion at this independently-hosted conference, as it’s co-located with events about Big Data, dev ops, and the Internet of Things. Cisco, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, and Veeam are just a few of the vendors that will be presenting.

Wednesday, June 8th

  • D&H EventWorkspace-as-a-service vendor Infinite Ops drops news of a significant new feature.

Reader ROI: Once again, we're forced to leave you hanging for a while before we can share more details, but we'll have the complete scoop for you on Wednesday.

  • The 2016 D&H Back to School Technology Show opens in Lancaster, Pa. It closes on Friday.

Reader ROI: For channel pros who serve the education market, D&H’s annual Back to School Technology show offers a chance to get up and close and personal with the latest K-12 hardware, software, and solutions. Registration and more details are available on the D&H website.

Thursday, June 9th

  • The SchnizzManaged services consulting firm TruMethods kicks off its annual Schnizzfest event in Philadelphia. Open to TruMethods attendees only, it runs through Saturday.

Reader ROI: “The Schnizz,” as defined by TruMethods president Gary Pica, is a physical embodiment of the confidence, passion, and enthusiasm that separates good MSPs from great ones. In addition to plenty of opportunities to show off their schnizzy moves (like the anonymous gentleman pictured), conference attendees can expect a full lineup of presentations, group discussions, and networking opportunities, along with a keynote speech by entrepreneur and illusionist Vinh Giang.

Reader ROI: A one-day event showcasing Lenovo’s latest technologies and forthcoming innovations in areas like virtual reality and the Internet of Things, Tech World also features a keynote by Lenovo chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing and the official debut of the world’s first smartphone based on Google’s Project Tango platform.

Friday, June 10th 

  • Franklin Discovers ElectricityGo fly a kite!

Reader ROI: Because that’s exactly what Benjamin Franklin did 264 years ago today in a successful bid to prove that lightning and electricity are one and the same. For information technology purposes, however, inventing the lightning rod is arguably Franklin’s more relevant feat. To this day, lightning rods remain the most relied upon defense against damage from electrical storms—though multiple incidents in recent years make plain that data centers and other repositories of sensitive electrical equipment require somewhat stronger protection.

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