Microsoft will make the first update to Windows Phone 8.1 available to developers the week of August 4. Here’s what to expect in that update, feature-wise.
Preparations for our first ever Cloud Summit – first 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 also be allocations 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 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 accomplish success. The website is now live, the invitations sent and our sales teams in North Carolina and Ottawa are all geared up for their Summer Recruitment Challenge. Those team members that successfully rise to challenge and enlist the most partners will win themselves the chance to attend. As we gear up for the final push for SMB’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 Kawasaki is an executive fellow at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Guy is perhaps best known for his former roles as advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google, chief evangelist of Apple and author of numerous best-selling business books including 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 for a company’s devices but to its data and people too. 2. Unveiling 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 will ask businesses about their plans to Monetize the Internet of Things and the opportunities this will bring to the Channel. 3. Launching new products Next up, David Haadsma will announce the latest major additions to our product portfolio as well give a sneak preview of AVG SMB’s product roadmap and branding develop. 4. Training, workshops, breakout sessions The Summit is 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 hold 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 take 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. 5. Awards Finally at the end of Day Two 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 http://www.avgcloudsummit.com/ .