Integration Flurry Marks Run-Up to IT Nation 2017

IT Nation 2017 returns to Orlando next week for what promises to be a celebration of cooperation and integration among most of the biggest names in the IT services provider space and across tech.

Aldrin Brown, Editor-in-Chief

November 4, 2017

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One evening during last year’s IT Nation, the bar in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla., was filled with attendees to ConnectWise’s annual fall conference, most sipping cocktails and glued to the TV screens as an improbable political saga unfolded and landed Donald Trump in the White House.

And though it may seem like a long time ago politically, it truly has been a lifetime in terms of product innovation since last year’s event.  

IT Nation 2017 returns to Orlando next week for what promises to be a celebration of cooperation and integration among most of the biggest names in the IT services provider space and across tech.

Already, integrations have been announced with itopia, which enables ConnectWise partners to use the WaaS vendor’s cloud IT management portal to synchronize accounts, ticketing and billing transactions among ConnectWise Manage and Google Cloud Platform.

Another major announcement came from Datto, which unveiled a new integration for its networking product line and the ConnectWise Automate remote monitoring and management (RMM) tool.

Datto also said it has rebuilt an existing integration with the ConnectWise Manage professional services automation (PSA) software.

In an email to MSPmentor, Datto officials wanted to highlight the fact that the latest integrations were announced less than a week after Datto revealed it had acquired Autotask.

“…addressing fears that the company might be cutting down on tool integration across vendors and platforms, and underscoring its commitment to the MSP landscape,” the email from Datto said.

A host of other huge new integrations and product releases are set to be announced throughout the coming week (we got a peek but have been sworn to secrecy).

As usual, the IT Nation Solutions Pavillion will be filled with displays and demonstrations of a wide range of new products.

StorageCraft will be demonstrating its new Instant Recovery solution, which it bills as a radical advancement in backup and recovery, enabling instantaneous recovery at ground-breaking economics. 

The new product marks the first union of technologies from StorageCraft and Exablox, a recent acquisition whose products aim to blur the line between primary and secondary storage.  

In terms of can’t-miss sessions, Friday features a panel called “Ask Them Anything,” comprised of a Q&A with some of the industry’s most knowledgeable veterans:  ConnectWise CEO Arnie Bellini, and MSP peer groups leaders Arlin Sorensen, Gary Pica and Paul Dippell.

IT Nation runs Wednesday through Friday.

For full information, visit the official IT Nation website.  


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About the Author(s)

Aldrin Brown

Editor-in-Chief, Penton

Veteran journalist Aldrin Brown comes to Penton Technology from Empire Digital Strategies, a business-to-business consulting firm that he founded that provides e-commerce, content and social media solutions to businesses, nonprofits and other organizations seeking to create or grow their digital presence.

Previously, Brown served as the Desert Bureau Chief for City News Service in Southern California and Regional Editor for Patch, AOL's network of local news sites. At Patch, he managed a staff of journalists and more than 30 hyper-local and business news and information websites throughout California. In addition to his work in technology and business, Brown was the city editor for The Sun, a daily newspaper based in San Bernardino, CA; the college sports editor at The Tennessean, Nashville, TN; and an investigative reporter at the Orange County Register, Santa Ana, CA.


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