UBM Channel's second annual Best Of Breed conference wrapped Oct. 17 at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa, Fla. The 3-day, invitation-only BoB Conference gathered established channel executives and solution providers with noted authors, futurists, marketers and visionaries. With an agenda focusing on BYOD, cloud, mobility, social behavior and other crucial issues facing today's channel, attendees got an opportunity to share ideas on guiding partners through the massive transformations occurring in today's technology landscape.
This year's event featured a variety of panels and networking sessions focusing on everything from M&A strategies to cloud integration strategies and a handful of speakers from the major players in the tech industry, including Dell, EMC, Microsoft, VMware and more. Check out CRN's exclusive coverage of news and keynotes as well as analysis of the event.
BoB Conference: Cloud Computing Wreaking Havoc On Old IT Models
Solution providers and customers that have not embraced cloud computing models are being walloped.
New VMware EVP Frank Rauch Tuesday urged BoB conference attendees not to be fooled by low-margin alternatives.
A Microsoft executive told BoB Conference attendees that the iPad is a "consumption" only device that will be bested by Windows 8 tablets.
After working hard to win over hardware-focused channel partners, Dell is now setting its sights on the software channel, particularly as it seeks to tackle the midmarket through its recently-founded Software Group.
BoB Attendees Upbeat About 2013 Amid Cloud Era Turbulence
Solution providers attending the Best of Breed conference predict robust sales growth in 2013 even as they continue to retool for the cloud computing services era.
BoB Conference: Solution Providers Face Big Existential Questions About M&A
Buy, sell or hold? Every solution provider needs to have conscious, strategic plan for whether M&A would serve them, according to Foros.
BoB Conference: Cisco Steers Partners Toward Solutions-Based Selling Approach
Cisco's Smart Solutions approach enables partners to have the fabled line-of-business conversation with customer leaders, Cisco says.
BoB Conference: Solution Providers Need To 'Adapt, Change Or Die'
Noted author and change agent Jeffrey Hayzlett urges Best of Breed solution providers to confront tough truths. BoB Conference: Reaching The Holy Grail Of Recurring
BoB Conference: Reaching The Holy Grail Of Recurring Revenue
During the opening keynote at the Best of Breed Conference, one thing was clear: VARs need to change their business model in a time of shifting customer demands and rapid technological change.
Curtis Hougland, CEO of Attention USA, outlined the common myths around social media at the BoB Conference in Tampa this week.