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Cloud Summit 2018 Vendor Recap: Making Global Connections Through Our Infinite Ecosystem

At its core, Ingram Micro Cloud Summit is a networking and partnership event. Every year, our partners have the opportunity to connect with colleagues, meet new people, learn about new technologies, and discover all the ways we’re achieving business success. For o.. Continue

Rodney Clark of Microsoft speaking at Ingram Micro Cloud Summit

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At its core, Ingram Micro Cloud Summit is a networking and partnership event. Every year, our partners have the opportunity to connect with colleagues, meet new people, learn about new technologies, and discover all the ways we’re achieving business success.

For our vendor partners, connecting with other vendors creates new opportunities to grow and scale profitably by forming Partner2Partner relationships. This year’s event focused on partnerships, and we hope you were inspired to explore your own.

Cloud Partnerships Promote Innovation

Partnerships have always been an important part of Ingram Micro Cloud with plenty of room for them in the infinite cloud ecosystem. That’s why Microsoft and Ingram Micro Cloud teamed up at Cloud Summit to launch CloudBlue, an exciting, new platform that helps providers automate, aggregate and sell their own cloud and digital services as well as those from third parties.

In addition, Microsoft’s Rodney Clark led a not-to-be-missed discussion on the partnership theme in his keynote. As vice president of the worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) Device Experience and Mixed Reality sales team, he’s responsible for building intelligent solutions—from edge to cloud—with more than 9,000 ecosystem partners.

Clark discussed the IoT revolution, and how Microsoft and Ingram Micro are enabling partners across the IoT ecosystem to design, build and scale repeatable IoT solutions. He drove his point home by sharing how Genetec partnered with grocery stores to improve the customer’s shopping experience using facial recognition software and customer data.  

In the increasingly integrated world of technology, partnerships open new doors for ISV vendors, which is made possible through Ingram Micro Cloud’s infinite ecosystem.

 Grow Your Own Ecosystem

At the event’s Solutions Showcase, the possibilities created by this infinite ecosystem were on full display. With 47 solutions vendors and 13 more focused specifically on IoT, one could see the immense size and diversity of our ecosystem. The vendors I talked with thought it was a great way to grow their partnerships and their own personal ecosystems while showcasing their solutions and exploring what other vendors were doing.

I stopped by Dropbox, Veritas, Cisco, VMWare and Symantec, and even had a chance to go back on Wednesday to meet Polycom, ESET, Intermedia and ConnectWise. It was rewarding to see these vendors in action, meet their terrific teams and collect some good swag.

Personally, I grew my own ecosystem by attending the Women in Technology forum, which was attended by more than 100 women.  The panel of prominent women in the technology sector was truly inspirational and informative. Participants reported it was a great way to connect with other women in the industry and grow their own professional networks.

See You Next Year

Throughout the event, we highlighted ways our partners can grow their ecosystem by creating strategic relationships that put them on the fast track to sustainable business growth and profitability. We hope you found the event valuable and went home with new connections, new ideas and renewed motivation.

Mark your calendar for Ingram Micro Cloud Summit 2019, scheduled for March 11-13 in San Diego, CA. Sign up now to get updates and watch the 2018 highlights video at ingrammicrocloudsummit.com.