SMB Nation Announces 10th Annual Fall IT Conference
SMB Nation is taking conference attendees "Back to the Future" with its SMB Nation 2012 Fall Conference. This year's 10th anniversary conference will honor the past during looking to the SMB IT channel's future as it examines the evolution of Windows, cloud computing, mobile research and both hybrid and on-premises IT infrastructure.
Conference attendees have the option of focusing on one of three content tracksthe "Geek Speak, business or community track.
The Geek Speak track contains highly technical content with a focus on Windows 8, Small Business Server, cloud computing, mobility, security, BYOD and virtualization. Sessions take a variety of formats, including traditional presentations, expert panels and free-form technical discussion forums that bring at the same time attendees, subject matter experts and Microsoft Most Valued Professionals. Specific session topics include a deep dive into Windows 8, troubleshooting Office 365 deployments and SMB mobility research trends. The topics of this year's technical sessions were determined by a poll of SMB Nation readers.
The conference's business track focuses primarily on sales, marketing and businesses opportunities in the SMB IT sector. Specific session titles include "Fast-Fast Marketing for MSPs," "Sales Training 101" and "Growing a Profitable Service Desk." Harry Brelsford will as well kick off SMB Nation's new pocketMBA program at this year's conference. Attendees who enroll as charter students in the pocketMBA program will have all of their conference frees waived.
"SMB Nation really can be all things for all people," said Brelsford. "This year's conference has top quality technical, business and community content. However I'm especially excited about the pocketMBA 2.0 program. The business community is pushing IT to move beyond the role of mere service providers. They need IT consultants who can take the initiative in developing and integrating solutions that enhance efficiency and productivity. The pocketMBA program is made to help IT pros fill those shoes."
The community track is geared toward channel members who want to network with their colleagues and understand recent developments in the SMB research channel. This track features a number of SMB Nation community sponsors who will make educational presentations on such topics as business continuity, cloud storage and backup, virtualization and cyber security.
As Microsofts Jon Roskill mentioned previously this week at WPC in his keynote address, both the business and IT communities are in the midst of major transformations, and its partner organizations like SMB Nation that will play a key role in helping IT professionals make that transition, said Tom Poole, CEO of SMB Nation. Our conference this year is completely focused on helping IT professionals prepare for the changing technological and business landscapes.
ABOUT SMB NATION SMB Nation is a leading media and events company, serving SMB IT channel professionals around the world. SMB Nation provides information on IT research trends through its conferences, books, magazine, online services, world-wide seminars, workshops and accredited Pocket MBA certificate. As an active participant in the SMB research community, SMB Nation has a long history of enthusiastic advocacy and evangelism. The SMB Nation community exceeds 54,000 members from dozens of countries.
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