The 2017 installment of the annual Best of Breed Conference is in the books. Beyond gathering the channel's most influential executives, this year's show was highlighted by keynote discussions with four of the biggest CEOs in enterprise tech.
BoB Conference 2017 kicked off with a candid on-stage interview with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman. Whitman discussed her Presidential candidacy rumors and the co-opetition HPE sees in the market with other vendor giants.
Whitman's rival, Dell CEO Michael Dell, closed the show with his own fireside-style chat. The PC entrepreneur-turned-technology-titan talked about the strategy behind his company's massive channel growth and the new life Dell leads as a private company.
The show also featured the CEOs of two very different companies with a lot in common – VMware's Pat Gelsigner and Docker's Steve Singh. A decade ago, VMware was the most disruptive company in Silicon Valley. Gelsigner talked about how VMware is reinventing itself these days by partnering with its competitors, as evidenced by its recent blockbuster deal with Amazon.
Singh, head of today's disruptive darling Docker, talked about the importance of leveraging openness and how not cannibalizing customers is Docker's key competitive distinguisher.
CRN's staff covered the event from end-to-end, including sessions with Larry Kudlow, the economist who helped write President Trump's tax reform plan, Dell EMC channel execs John Bryne and Gregg Ambulos, and Tom Deierlein, a former U.S. Army Major and CEO of ThunderCat.
Here's everything you may have missed.