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Attendees Say ConnectWise IT Nation 2011 Biggest and Best Yet
Dec 09, 2011 (01:12 PM EST)
Annual partner gathering attracts record numbers of attendees, sponsors; eight pre-conference events hosted by vendor partners
TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ConnectWise, developer of the leading business management solution designed exclusively for IT service providers, VARS, ISVs and MSPs, today announced its annual IT Nation 2011, held November 9-11 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, was its biggest and most successful event yet.
With an increase in capacity over previous years, the adoption rate of IT Nation continues to grow. The event sold out again and attracted the largest crowds ever, with more than 1,600 attendees – 1,300 of them IT service providers, VARs and MSPs – and 61 exhibiting and/or sponsoring vendors. The event is a hub for the entire channel community in addition to ConnectWise partners. IT Nation 2011 was accompanied by eight pre-conference events hosted by other vendors, including LabTech Automation Nation, HTG Peer Groups annual meeting, Quosal Quotation Nation, Level Platforms Next Level Summit, ChannelCloud Boot Camp, CharTec Unherd of Conference, Quotewerks Boot Camp and Service Leadership Operational Maturity.
IT Nation 2011 provided channel partners, vendors and IT solution providers the opportunity to learn, network and collaborate with peers through a solutions pavilion, nearly 100 breakout sessions and new Hands-On Labs. Attendees discovered the latest products and services and go-to-market strategies to improve their businesses today and well into the future.
In post-conference surveys, an impressive majority of attendees indicated the event exceeded their expectations and 96 percent would likely recommend the event to fellow peers. Additionally, 40 percent of attendees were IT Nation first-timers.
"I thought it was a brilliantly run, professional conference," said Nick Moran, managing director of Melbourne-based Evolve IT. "It was my first time to IT Nation and I have done many conferences over the years and this was by far the best. It was the most relevant, the most fun and a game-changer for my business. Well done to all involved in the organizing and running of this excellent event."
For the first time, IT Nation offered the IT Nation Partner's Choice Awards, voted on by attendees and handed out to eight exhibiting vendors. LabTech Software and Axcient each took home two awards; other winners were SonicWALL, Quosal, CharTec and PointClickWork.
"IT Nation is not solely about ConnectWise, our partners, and our ecosystem. This year more than ever, the event had a gravitational pull in the channel with the additional pre-conference events and many diverse vendors participating," said Arnie Bellini, ConnectWise CEO. "Our attendees consistently tell us the thing they most appreciate about IT Nation is the community, and the ability to make new connections with people in our industry. That's been achieved this year like never before."
For more information about IT Nation 2011 and a full recap of this year's activities, visit http://www.theitnation.com. Next year's IT Nation will be held November 8-10, with a golf tournament to follow on November 11.
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