ChannelNEXT West, Alberta (In-Person + Livestream)

We are looking forward to meeting our channel community as we enter our 20th year! Returning to In-Person! Save the date and come join us! The focus of ChannelNEXT is the digital transformation of business and all the information channel partners require to execute it successfully, including cybersecurity.

Our new format is all about business education that matters today!

The hottest categories are represented by the attending vendors, such as cybersecurity, work from anywhere, everything Microsoft, networking, cloud, and, of course, anything related to digital transformation.

It’s crucial to take into account the impact of high inflation and rising interest rates that have since increased the cost of everything. Consumer confidence is already being impacted by the “smell” of a recession in the air. The competition for talent is escalating as workers seek for greater purpose and remuneration. Because of this, employers must pass along greater expenses to customers. They will have to work harder with fewer workers if they are unable to hire talent as well as implement more automation. Who knows what future effects the prolonged conflict, supply chain problems, and the developing epidemic will have on the economy. Whatever it is, it can never be for the better. Try to rent a car as air travel is already experiencing unprecedented disruptions. The staggering rise in consumer food prices is even more concerning.

We will be exploring these and other pain points that you are having today, including hiring and retaining talent, scaling your managed services, finding new customers and of course solving the cyber security problem. 

Our Mastermind peer-group session is going to dig in even deeper. And, most important giving you an action plan to take home! 

Of course, you will also get to network and share some fun with friends and peers, as we dig out of the mental stress we all endured over the past couple years, while we enjoy great food and drinks! 

It’s going to be good day for feeding your business mind, body and your soul.

NEW: The channel ecosystem is evolving!  There is a significant flood of non-traditional (and non-transactional) partners joining the ecosystem, even as traditional channel partners (MSPs, VARs, etc.) remain at the heart. Some companies provide entirely distinct services, such as accounting or digital marketing, but they also want their clients to have managed services to support them (so they collaborate with MSPs). Thousands of business applications are also being created by Independent Software Vendors (ISV), who also collaborate with channel partners to promote, deploy, and provide support.  Additionally, there are telecom firms that provide managed services, 5G, networking, and broadband. We are preparing to bring all stakeholders together to explore new business opportunities.  Channel partners that intend to take advantage of this tremendous development will prosper greatly. At our events, we will explore this new channel ecosystem.

(Complete update of all content will be published at least 60 days prior to the event date. If you have any specific content, suggestions or vendors that you would like to see, let us know. We will do our best to customize the events to the needs of our Channel Community.)

Event Details

We are very excited to be back to in-person events but in a smart way until this pandemic is under predictable and sustainable control. The first few events that we did in 2022 have proven to be very successful as well as safe and enjoyable. (Please read about ChannelNEXT health guidelines in the FAQ).

However, if you are just not ready to meet in-person, then you can catch the livestream from wherever you are or request the recordings for on-demand viewing. Your choice!

The core mission at ChannelNEXT is to deliver practical insights on driving more success for MSPs and vendors.

Everything will be building on the latest digital transformation of business, sales people, marketing, leadership and of course the technologies. All mission-critical best-practice requirements for today’s channel partners.

We will double click on 3 key areas:

1. Latest ways to generate sales in a digital-first economy
2. The latest market trends and solutions in the digital transformation of business
3. Building a stronger technology and service stack to maximize recurring revenue, especially in cybersecurity.

We will hear from a panel of leading MSPs as they share their secrets of success in a candid talkshow discussion. Why are some MSPs so successful while others are not? What is working and what does not? We will dig in. Ask questions!

Participating vendors and guest speakers are focused on delivering the best solutions, insights and value to MSPs without sales pitches. We only invite relevant-to-the-channel expert speakers who actually “live" on the frontlines of the channel. People who truly understand the MSP business needs.

You will experience the fast-paced Lions' Den, where participating vendors get 3-minutes to deliver their best pitch. Fastest and most enjoyable way to know if a vendor is a fit. You get to vote on best pitch and there is cash to be won!

ChannelNEXT is also where channel partners and vendors come together to experience life-changing Mastermind Peer-Group sessions and Masterclasses (both optional). This unique learning, collaboration and exchange of ideas is where stronger business partnerships (as well as personal relationships) are built.

In-Person social networking is always at the core of these events. If you have already attended a ChannelNEXT event, then you know what it means. As we slowly roll into a manageable endemic, everyone will be looking for more in-person contact with others. As such, we will be ramping up our social networking activities as conditions improve, but always in a safe way.

NEW! We now offer attendees to bring up to 2 additional colleagues to experience the event together. Sharing the experience and collaborating can be great for team building!

All MSPs, ITSPs, ISVs and VARs are invited to attend for FREE (Special group rates for overnight accommodations available).

We designed ChannelNEXT to be local (we come to you) and smaller VIP event where every attendee feels welcomed in an enjoyable and safe environment. Previous attendees score us a solid 98% in satisfaction. We are always working on keeping the experience outstanding.

If you are VAR, MSP ITSP or ISV and your goal is to build or scale a sustainable and predictable managed-service recurring revenue business, then ChannelNEXT is a sure fit! Check out some videos from our past events at www.e-channelnews.com.

Check back often as we update the schedule on the actual speakers, topics and vendors.

Join us before we get started to pick up your badge and scan the guide. We will have a meet and greet over some breakfast snacks and coffee/tea. For many, this is the first time meeting others in-person since the pandemic hit. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

We will have a talk show with two special guests on the most relevant topics of the day. The audience can interact with questions and comments. This 45-minute session is candid and unscripted. Julian Lee, published of eChannelNEWS will dive deep into what matters to channel partners. You may ask your questions live or submit them in advance or onsite.

We will interview (in a talk show format) leading MSPs and experts from the local region to explore their secrets of success. We will discuss failures, challenges, successes and best practices. What are the best MSPs doing and not doing to future proof business? Questions are encouraged from the in-person and online audiences.

Select vendors will take to the stage and in a short talk-show or presentation format. Audience may ask questions. We discourage the usual slide-deck presentations to focus on what's most important! These sessions are engaging and brings the audience into the discussion. It's also live-streamed.

This is NOT a typical trade show. Vendors will be in the ChannelNEXT "marketplace" to showcase their products over lunch. Vendors also join channel partners at the lunch tables. Everyone connects at their own pace and some vendors do give away prizes and swag. We also do news interviews with vendors and MSPs. It's a marketplace to browse, learn and talk while eating and drinking. For the latest line up of vendors see the sponsors on the event's landing home page.

Each vendor gets 3 minutes to make their digital sales pitch to both the in-person and online audiences. Channel partners can quickly assess if the vendor can be a fit for their solutions' portfolio. You can reach out to connect with the vendors you like. We also have an online method for you to instantly receive more information on any vendor or product you see. 

Everyone will receive a link with the vendors listed to instantly vote for their favourite pitch. Simply make your selection and done. You can also the vendors of interest to receive more information.

You will also get a chance win some prizes as a "thank-you-for-voting".

An expert coach will host a concise 30 to 45 minute Masterclass to deliver deep insights on a relevant topic for MSPs. You will get solid takeaways that you can apply to your business immediately. There will be a Q&A period. All sessions are recorded for you to review and share post event.

An expert coach will host a concise 30 to 45 minute Masterclass to deliver deep insights on a relevant topic for MSPs. You will get solid takeaways that you can apply to your business immediately. There will be a Q&A period. All sessions are recorded for you to review and share post event.

Get together with a small group of your peers (socially distanced) to discuss your pain points and solutions. If you have never experienced a Mastermind peer-group before then you are in for a treat! You will be amazed how this can help you solve most of your problems. Vendors can also join the discussion so everyone can help each other. A facilitator will guide everyone through the fun and thought-provoking journey.

Check out the testimonials from our web site www.channelpartneralliance.com to see what your peers are saying. 

We wrap things up over few drinks in a fun social networking environment. Depending on the situation, we could extend this for a longer period and it could morph into a post-event activity.

Registration
Free

How do I attend this event in person?

Register. We will send out the location details to all registrants who signed up to attend in person and have been approved. Due to the current and evolving governmental health regulations we are only allowed a limited amount of people on site so we are on a first-registered-first served.

Is the ChannelNEXT event safe?

1. We selected a facility that will host our event exclusively. We choose this over the usual big hotels because we did not want to be connected to other events/attendees where the potential for cross contamination is greater.
2. The entire facility will be sanitized for our attendees.
3. We wanted safer outdoor facilities whenever possible.
4. The usual masks and sanitizers will be available.
5. We wanted to reduce the travel time. We do our best to bring the event closer to city centres but with ample parking and access to public transport.
6. Only people who are fully vaccinated with proof can be allowed indoors (as per the local governmental regulations - managed by the facility)
7. Food and beverages must be outstanding, healthy and safe.
8. All event activities must be safe - Mastermind sessions will be done outdoors if available or properly spaced, if indoors. Booths will be also be properly distanced. Talk-show and presentations will be well-distanced on stage as well as from the audience.
9. Everything is live-streamed! Event can be watched from anywhere on all devices.
10. While walking, you must wear a mask. When sitting, you can remove your mask or continue wearing it. Your choice. Seating will be socially distanced according to regulations both indoors and outdoors.
11. The stage area will be physically distanced from the audience and all speakers will also be appropriately distanced.
12. All staff will be wearing masks.
13. Lunch will be outdoors (weather permitting) and served individually. Coffee and snack stations will be self-serve.
14. Expo area will be covered outdoors if weather permits, or in large rooms with ventilation and socially distanced with proper one-way traffic flow.
15. The “Vendor Talk-Show” on stage will be live-streamed, so attendees can literally take breaks while continuing to watch the presentations on their devices.
16. Attendees must be 18 years or older.

We are constantly monitoring Government regulations and make updates accordingly. We have made it as safe as possible based on everything we know today.

If you still don’t feel comfortable in face-to-face meetings, then you may watch the live-streaming on several platforms from any device.

How do I LOGIN to this event virtually?

Registered participants will receive links via confirmation email. Add to your calendar. We always send links again 24 hours before event starts as well on the same day of the event. White list and look for TECHNOPLANET and EVENTBRITE.

How will I know if my system is compatible to access the online event?

Live-streaming can be watched from any browser. If there is a virtual platform then there will be a system pre-test link that will confirm if you are ready or not.

Will I be able to get a recording of the event?

Yes. Much of the general content sessions are recorded and automatically sent to those who registered to the event. Some sessions may not be recorded for privacy concerns.

Is the online platform secure?

We choose platforms that are secure and we do not host public events. All attendees must register with a valid e-mail address and must sign in with the same e-mail address to enter. Our team will monitor the event and be able to intervene, if necessary. Please understand that we do not allow anyone to post links in the chat. It is wise to never share any confidential information with anyone during a virtual event on chat.

How is the privacy of my information handled?

We do NOT store your information on the system after the event is closed. Registrations are handled by Eventbrite with the highest level of security. Nothing stays accessible through the Internet. We do not share your information with anyone. If you want to connect with a vendor or others, you must exchange your details with them directly and we provide a tool for you to easily connect and request more info.

Have more questions?

Contact us anytime at Contact ChannelNEXT

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