On March 11-13 in San Diego, California, the cloud industry came together at Cloud Summit X to celebrate 10 years of thought leadership and technological innovation at the largest gathering of its kind on the planet.
Cloud Summit X was a huge success with cloud professionals enjoying everything this premier event had to offer: engaging keynotes from top speakers, delicious San Diego culinary specialties, and of course, a peek into some of the newest improvements to Ingram Micro’s massive ecosystem of global cloud resources.
Highlights from general session
During general session, Executive Vice President of Global Cloud Nimesh Davé welcomed attendees and spoke on Cloud Summit’s past 10 years of thought leadership and talked about how some of the Comet Competition winners are changing the world.
He then introduced Gavriella Schuster of Microsoft, who discussed how “Microsoft and Ingram Micro have moved from partnering to a partnership.” She advised attendees to listen to their customers, remove pain points, and collaborate with partners to create more possibilities for success.
Renée Bergeron, Ingram’s senior vice president of global cloud, shared the latest innovations to Cloud Marketplace, including the Sales & Marketing Hub—an industry-first, digital suite designed to educate our partners’ salespeople on cloud services and enable them to sell more efficiently.
Additionally, Ingram Micro’s David Wippich announced the launch of Ingram Micro Connect—a new, easy-to-use digital module that simplifies and automates distribution.
Alex Honnold—star of the Oscar-winning documentary, Free Solo—also took to the stage to share his thoughts on facing and overcoming challenges, how he prepared himself physically and mentally to achieve his most famous feat, and how the lessons he learned apply to the tech industry.
“I spent six years dreaming about it and during those six years, I had to chip away at the thought that El Cap was impossible.” —Alex Honnold
Ben Xiang, Ingram Micro’s global head of IoT, officially launched the IoT Marketplace and shared the stage with Sean Alexander of Microsoft, who provided valuable insight on the interaction of IoT and AI. On the ISV front, Scott Bailey of MassChallenge introduced the top three winners from the Comet Competition: Verifyoo, Pixm and Clearblade.
Attendees also heard from Peter Levine of Andreessen Horowitz, who focused on the future of cloud computing, advising the audience that “One of the best ways to identify potential opportunities is to take what’s popular today and think about what might replace it.” And in a fireside chat, Tim Fitzgerald from Ingram Micro sat down with Sequoia Capital’s Carl Eschenbach to talk about leadership in technology and data as a new currency.
“The more data you have, the more opportunity you have to store it, analyze it, secure it—and monetize it.” — Carl Eschenbach
IBM’s Steve Robinson took a real-world approach to the multi-cloud and how IBM and Red Hat are changing the cloud landscape. And Andrew Sage of Cisco dove into the digitization transformation and why it’s an enormous opportunity to attract new customers.
Rounding out general session, Robin Matlock of VMware spoke on the importance of consistent operations across any cloud, while Sandy Carter of Amazon Web Services addressed the need for customers to innovate faster and be more agile.
Laser-focused breakout sessions
With 55+ sessions across nine different learning tracks, the breakouts focused on cloud’s hottest topics—such as IoT, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and cybersecurity—to deliver even more insights and deeper technical knowledge.
Some of the more popular sessions included A Better Marketplace, Boosting Sales to SMBs and Accelerate Your Practice With Azure. Regardless of the subject, the breakouts were designed to ultimately help resellers and service providers accelerate revenue in 2019 and beyond.
Celebrating women in cloud
At the Women in Cloud event, Carla Harris, vice chairman of wealth management and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley, shared her pearls of wisdom, advising women to bring their authentic self to the table and invest in relationship currency.
“Relationship currency is the relationships you build with people. Your ability to ascend to more senior positions will be a function of someone’s judgment about whether or not you’ll be successful. And judgments are directly influenced by relationships.” —Carla Harris
In the interactive panel discussion afterward, five female technology executives expanded on the value and power of authenticity, focusing on the unique qualities women bring to the table.
Exploring the latest advances in cloud
Vendors spotlighted their cloud solutions, products and services at Cloud Showcase. For resellers and service providers, it was one of the best places to connect and network with the nearly 1,600 attendees. And during the Tech Crawl, attendees explored the expo floor with drinks and hors d’oeuvres in hand, making for an even more enjoyable experience.
At Cloud Summit X, attendees were treated to delicious food, great drinks and plenty of thought-provoking conversation, making it fun as well as productive. Plus, the final night party at Petco Park featured tasty, ballpark-inspired food, delectable ice cream sundaes, photo booth fun and closed out the event with a stunning fireworks display.
Catch up with all the buzz from Cloud Summit X today. Happy viewing—and we look forward to seeing you at Cloud Summit 2020 in Miami.