The NexGen Cloud Conference and Expo formed strategic relationships with the following companies, creating a comprehensive place for solution providers and vendors to come and be educated on the cloud migration, positioning and much, much more.
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The ASCII Group is a vibrant reseller community of independent MSPs, VARs, and other solution providers. Formed in 1984, ASCII has more than 70 programs that provide turnkey cost-cutting strategies, innovative business building programs, and extensive peer interaction. ASCII members enjoy benefits such as marketing support; educational information; group purchasing power; increased leverage in the marketplace; and multiple networking opportunities. These programs enable ASCII members to increase revenue, lower operating costs, and grow service opportunities.
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their technology investments. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy.
“Ninety percent of companies report they’re using some form of cloud computing, according to CompTIA’s Fourth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study. At the same time, nine in 10 organizations say developing cloud technical and sales expertise is a significant challenge for them,” said Kelly Ricker, senior vice president, events and conferences, CompTIA. “With the CompTIA Cloud Training Track, NextGen attendees will learn which cloud models fit best for which types of clients and situations, and what to consider in terms of security, backup and recovery, and sales when it comes to managing cloud environments. They walk away with knowledge about the best in cloud practices.”
CompTIA Cloud Training Tracks
Ninety percent of companies report they’re using some form of cloud computing, according to CompTIA’s Fourth Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study. At the same time, nine in 10 organizations say developing cloud technical and sales expertise is a significant challenge for them. With the CompTIA Cloud Training Track, NexGen Cloud attendees will learn which cloud models best fit which types of clients and situations, and what to consider in terms of security, backup and recovery, and sales when it comes to managing cloud environments. Attendees will walk away with knowledge about the best in cloud practices.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
CompTIA Cloud Training: Sales Execution
This sales execution course helps solution providers gain a better understanding of how to build a successful cloud business practice and to recognize the differences compared with selling traditional IT services. This session will also provide the foundation needed to make decisions on the best approach to sales in the cloud environment, and covers best practices from experienced cloud solution providers.
Attendee takeaways: CompTIA Quick Start Guide to Cloud Computing, CompTIA-10 Week Guide to Cloud Computing, and CompTIA 4th Annual Trends in Cloud Computing
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
CompTIA Sales Playbook: Cloud Backup & Recovery
Backup and recovery has been a major headache for end users and a source of opportunity for solution providers for nearly 20 years. The broad appeal and ease of use of cloud-based backup and recovery solutions have reinvigorated the marketplace for solution providers selling to both the SMB and the enterprise customer with distributed remote offices. In this session, participants learn how to develop the tools to identify, target, position and close new opportunities in the cloud-based backup and recovery space. This session is for managers looking to build marketing materials and develop sales training to enable their field teams to capture revenue in this growing space. Participants will receive the CompTIA Cloud-based Backup & Recovery Playbook template.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | CompTIA Cloud Café
Friday, December 5, 2014
8:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
CompTIA Cloud Training: Managing Your Customers’ Clouds
Even though cloud computing means that many services will be delivered by providers other than you, you still own the customer relationship and, therefore, are responsible for the quality of those services. Your organization used to focus on delivering top-quality services itself, but must now add monitoring, measuring and managing methodologies to ensure that all of your cloud provider partners deliver a uniformly high level of performance while keeping the entire process as transparent to customers as possible. Course participants come away with an understanding of how to carefully manage through the dynamics of this significant organizational shift.
Attendee takeaways: CompTIA Quick Start Guide to Cloud Computing, CompTIA 10-Week Guide to Cloud Computing, and CompTIA 4th Annual Trends in Cloud Computing
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
CompTIA Quick Start Session to Tackling Cloud Security Concerns (working lunch)
What are the concerns with cloud security? Are you prepared to address those concerns? How can you and your customers benefit from the advantages the cloud offers while still managing the risk that it introduces? This session seeks answers to these questions by covering the information in the CompTIA Quick Start Guide to Tackling Cloud Security Concerns, a copy of which attendees will receive at the conclusion of the session.
THINKstrategies is the only independent strategic consulting firm that focuses entirely on helping enterprise decision-makers, solution providers and investors capitalize on the unprecedented business opportunities created by the shift of the technology industry from a product-centric to a services-driven orientation, including cloud computing, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and managed services.
THINKstrategies also founded and administers the Cloud Computing Showplace, the largest, vendor-independent, online directory and best practices resource center in the industry. THINKstrategies also founded the Cloud Innovators Summits, which provide a series of executive forums focused on key business opportunities.
The Cloud Channel Summit is the only full-day forum for cloud company executives and their channel organization counterparts to share industry best practices for building successful partnerships in the cloud. The summit provides an intimate environment that encourages candid dialogue and fosters new business relationships. The annual event is supported by leading cloud companies, industry associations and other important organizations dedicated to advancing the business benefits of the cloud. The event is one of a series of Cloud Innovators Summits that also include the Cloud Analytics Summit, focused on big data, and Connected Cloud Summit, examining Internet of Things business opportunities.
“The Cloud Channel Summit has become the go-to annual event for leading Cloud vendors and emerging players interested in sharing their perspectives and best practices for building successful partnerships in the rapidly evolving Cloud marketplace,” said Jeffrey M. Kaplan, the Managing Director of THINKstrategies, founder of the Cloud Computing Showplace and host of the Cloud Innovators Summits series of executive forums. “I’m very excited about the additional benefits the Summit attendees and sponsors will gain by aligning our forum with the Channel Company’s NexGen Cloud conference.”
The Cloud Computing Showplace is the largest, vendor-independent, online directory, and industry best practice resource center in the Cloud market, with over 2300 solutions divided into over 90 application, service, technology and industry categories in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) areas, including Managed Services.
The Cloud Showplace was founded and is administered by THINKstrategies, the only strategic consulting firm focused entirely on helping its clients capitalize on the fundamental shift in the technology industry from product-centric to services-driven solutions, such as Cloud Computing, Software-as-a-Service and Managed Services.
Come to IC3 to get trained, make a plan, and build a proof-of-concept on the world’s biggest clouds. This is the first cloud computing and DevOps conference designed by and for IT managers, systems administrators, IT operations personnel and developers.