From 107 exhibitors to 25 breakout sessions to workshops to networking events, it all fell into place and was a great success!
Almost 1,200 industry professionals convened at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 24th and 25th for ITEX 2019, as well as for col-location events held by MSP Expo, Visual Edge, Collabrance, IBPI and Evolved Office. ITEX marked the 19th year as the largest, most extensive office technology show covering Managed Print, document management, security, Managed IT, Unified Communications, and Smart Office.
Contributing to the success of the show were its sponsors: Static Control, DocuWare, ECi Software Solutions, Evolved Office, IT Glue, Synnex, Barracuda MSP, BEI Services, CharTec, Dell, Epson, HP, and Surplus Ink. Marc Spring, ITEX CEO and founder, stated, “We appreciate our sponsors supporting ITEX and providing value to our show through their endorsement and belief in our mission.”
This year’s ITEX saw a greater presence of Managed IT and Unified Communication exhibitors. The show attracted vendors such as Barracuda MSP, Bicom Systems, Dell, Concertium, IT-Glue, OpenText, Preform IT, Pulsar360, SentryFile, Stellar Cyber, Tigerpaw Software, Tools4ever, TouchTone Communications, Unitrends MSP, Untangle, Webroot, and 1stPoint Communications. “Dealers are diversifying their services to stay competitive in a shifting market. Our exhibitors did a great job of presenting the tools needed to expand their brands to form new sources of revenue and gain a firm grasp on the latest industry trends” said ITEX VP of Sales, Roger Jung.
Attendees enjoyed a sit-down lunch – sponsored by HP – along with the keynote presentation by Google’s Christopher Johnson. Johnson expanded on how Google perceives security in the Cloud and how the components of improving a company’s security posture is through layers of defense, thought processes, and concentrating on the characteristics of a well-functioning security team. The first day finished up with a show floor Happy Hour where attendees engaged in networking and visiting exhibitor booths.
The breakout sessions were well attended. Presenters and panelists covered topics such as MPS Strategies, Cloud solutions, data analytics, cybersecurity, and the “Workplace of the Future.” Jerry Allen, managing member of Metro Business Systems, said, “I had the pleasure of interacting with my peers and learning the industry concepts and ideas that have helped them to be successful. The breakout sessions were extremely beneficial.”
The ITEX team is already planning their 2020 event, which will be held April 14 – 15, 2020 in Orlando, Florida at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center.