A heads-up that the CRN Partner Connect 2012 exhibition will be taking place on Thursday 17th May, 2012 at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry – followed by the second meeting of the year of the CompTIA UK Channel Community the next day, Friday 18th May, 2012.
What is CRN Partner Connect?
CRN Partner Connect brings some of the biggest vendors together in one place to exhibit and speak at an event that this year has a focus less on technology and more on business, with a number of speakers with real life case studies that can help you understand how to grow your business.
You can view the full CRN Partner Connect 2012 seminar programme, and freely register for CRN Partner Connect 2012 too.
What is the CompTIA UK Channel Community?
I’ve written about the CompTIA UK Channel Community before, but in a nutshell – the Community was formed in early 2011 following the acquisition of Technology Channels Association (TCA) by CompTIA. The community was formed in an effort to provide a platform for resellers, distributors, and vendors to focus on developing best practices, business education and resources for companies engaged in the delivery of IT services in the UK.
I was honoured to be voted in as Chair of the Community last year, and since then I hope we’ve made a difference to those who have joined the Community. Why not listen to some members opinions of the CompTIA UK Channel Community and the value they get from the meetings to understand how you might find it useful to attend.
What’s happening at the Community meeting?
We’ll be meeting for dinner following CRN Connect on the Thursday, and we have a packed agenda for the Friday meeting including presentations from members including James Blackman – Channel Manager at AMD, and Jon Clarke of Cyance on Channel Marketing, plus workshops and networking.
What’s the benefit for me to attend?
The question often asked of these type of events is always “How will I benefit from attending? What difference will it make to my business?”.
The bottom line as to why you should attend both days in Coventry is not the seminars, nor is it the presentations (which I’ve no doubt you’ll learn a lot from) – but instead it’s the people you’ll meet and the relationships you’ll build.
Be it Vendors, Partners or Peers – I know from experience that you’ll learn more from being around the people who attend these events than you could anywhere else.
That alone is worth your time out of the office.
I hope to see you in Coventry. If you’re attending – let me know and say hello!