ChannelCon 2019 is in the books. A week launched with a blast of 112-degree heat and capped by a pretty amazing keynote from one of the best in the game, both on and off the court. I personally have a love/hate relationship with Las Vegas, one that begins just before the plane lands, as the strip comes into view.
There is nothing like the boundless opportunity of that particular city. Most would think that after a decade in the service provider community and five consecutive ChannelCon outings, I would have been ready. But, as Nancy Hammervik said to me on stage, “Even an old dog can learn new tricks.”
I am happy to share three things I learned at ChannelCon Las Vegas:
The networking value of ChannelCon cannot ever be overstated. From the main stage to the technology vendor showcase, emerging tech and new market entrants have the unique opportunity to stand on even footing with industry titans. Each was invited to share in the conversation and collaborate equally. Thank you, CompTIA, for yet another great event. It’s tremendous to see the larger impact the organization is having in both the technology and global communities. More directly, thank you for giving me the opportunity to discuss the impacts that artificial intelligence and machine learning are having in the security space. It’s an area that my team is passionate about and it was awesome to discuss some key concepts with Nancy and Todd during the keynote.
I guess I’ll admit now, it was a big stage and I may have been a smidge nervous.
See you in 2020.
Eric Pinto is Senior Director, Channel & Product Strategy, at SOCSoter, a managed security service provider based in Hagerstown, Md., and a member of CompTIA’s Industry Advisory Council and Channel Advisory Board.Want more ChannelCon 2019? Check out our coverage of daily highlights, educational tracks and general sessions.