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First-Ever SMB Cloud Summit Starts to Take Shape

First-Ever SMB Cloud Summit Starts to Take Shape

Preparations for our first-ever Cloud Summit—announced in this blog back in March—are gathering pace. The summit will bring together our reseller and managed services provider (MSP) partners in the same place for the first time. We are expecting several hundred delegates to attend, from business owners and presidents, right through to administrators and marketers. The great majority will be from North America, but there will be delegates from Canada and the rest of the world, too.

In addition to showcasing our product portfolio and demonstrating our breadth of expertise across the SMB and the RMM (remote monitoring and management) space, the event is an opportunity for partners to learn about how our mobile and cloud software can assist them with business growth and ultimately help them achieve success.

The website is now live, the invitations have been sent, and our sales teams in North Carolina and Ottawa are all geared up for their Summer Recruitment Challenge. Team members who successfully rise to the challenge and enlist the most partners will win the chance to attend. As we gear up for the final push to the SMB world’s single-most rousing event of the year, I am delighted to have this opportunity to share with you the exciting agenda that is taking shape including:

  1. Inspirational speakers

We are thrilled to have lined up some of the industry’s most dynamic presenters to speak about the future direction of business and technology. Presenting our guest keynote will be Guy Kawasaki. Currently chief evangelist of Canva, Guy is an executive fellow at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Guy is perhaps best known for his former roles as adviser to the Motorola business unit of Google, chief evangelist of Apple, and author of numerous best-selling business books, including "The Art of the Start," "Reality Check," "Selling the Dream" and "How to Drive Your Competition Crazy." He will deliver a lively and entertaining address about his concepts for the future of the high-tech industry.

Kicking off proceedings will be our very own CEO, Gary Kovacs, who will provide insight into AVG’s vision for the future, the implications for the small-business security market online, and the need for IT security vendors to look beyond protection of a company’s devices to include its data and people, too.

  1. Brand-new industry research

Gary will be a hard act to follow, but I will do my best as I discuss our commitment to building strong, long-lasting partnerships. I will also unveil highlights from our latest research, which is focused on businesses’ plans to monetize the Internet of Things (IoT) and the opportunities this will bring to the channel.

  1. New product launches

Next up, David Haadsma will announce the latest major additions to our product portfolio, and will provide a sneak preview of AVG SMB’s product roadmap and branding developments.

  1. Training, workshops, breakout sessions

The summit will be the perfect forum for AVG partners and MSPs to network with their peers and channel technology providers. You will be able to pose questions to key members of our senior executive team, as well as have technical discussions with engineers and developers in the on-site Tech Lab.

From technical training to breakout sessions, this event will offer partners a broad spectrum of opportunities to enrich their knowledge and enhance their understanding of how to move their own business forward. We will also have breakout sessions covering sales, marketing, business, enablement and technology—all of which are essential to today’s ambitious IT providers. 

  1. Awards

Finally, at the end of Day 2, there will be a gala dinner and an opportunity to pick up AVG awards in a variety of categories.

In summary, the Cloud Summit is further evidence of our commitment to continuously develop fresh ways for partners to derive value from working with us. Our ambition is to establish this event as one of the best in the industry. A lot of hard work has gone into creating an exciting program of inspirational content and valuable networking opportunities that will help enable sustainable growth and business diversification for all our partners.

I look forward to welcoming you in Arizona.

For more information or to register to attend, please visit

Mike Foreman is General Manager, SMB at AVG Technologies. Guest blogs such as this one are part of Talkin' Cloud's annual platinum sponsorship.

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