Norwalk, CT – August 29, 2013 – Cloud4SMB Expo wrapped up this week in Las Vegas, tackling the opportunities and challenges of the cloud from the perspective of small- and medium-size businesses (SMBs). The event presented real-world business strategies and implications for growing businesses aiming to leverage the benefits of cloud computing solutions.
“Cloud4SMB Expo pinpoints for SMBs the challenges and opportunities they will face as they take their key applications to the cloud,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO of TMC. “From the information they gain here, businesses can make critical decisions about the cloud as it relates to their individual organizations.”
Highlights of the conference included:
- A kick-off panel discussion tackling the pros and cons of the cloud for SMBs led by moderator Charlene O’Hanlon of The VAR Guy, and featuring speakers cBeyond, Fonality and InsynQ. Panelists debated issues of flexibility, scalability, costs, and other variables that can cause headaches for SMBs looking for the right cloud alternative for their unique needs.
- A robust discussion on business continuity strategies led by Larry Lisser of EMBRASE Business Consulting, featuring speakers from TelePacific and Phone.com. Business continuity planning is important for SMBs, not just for disasters, but also for day-to-day connectivity. Many businesses are not adequately planning for business continuity and the cloud offer tremendous resources for SMBs in this area, the panel agreed.
- A Battle of the Clouds special session led by TMC’s Erik Linask, where speakers from IBM, Microsoft, Dell/Enstratius, Avaya and ShoreTel debated the future of the cloud and discussed what was needed for further adoption by businesses of all sizes.
Cloud4SMB Expo was supported by Platinum Sponsor IBM, Gold Sponsors IDrive, Iron Mountain, MicroTech, ShoreTel, Total Defense, VaultLogix and Vocalocity; and Silver Sponsors AirWatch, Bolder Thinking, CertainSafe, Cybozu, H2O by Overgroup, InsynQ, Laconic, StarLeaf, Tribeca Cloud, TransCertain and VTech.
Cloud4SMB Expo will next be held January 28-31, 2014, in Miami, Florida, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. For exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Joe Fabiano at 203.852.6800 ext. 132 or Maureen Gambino at 203.852.6800 ext. 109. For media registration, contact Ashley Baster.
For the latest Cloud4SMB news, updates and information, follow the event on Twitter at #cloud4smbexpo.
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Edited by Blaise McNamee