Expand your team’s technical knowledge. Learn about new products. Deepen relationships with key vendors. Connect with prospects. Meet MSP peers. Make friends.

These are all great reasons to attend technical and managed service conferences in 2017. Below, we list 15 events well worth attending and some reasons to consider them.

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(Conferences are listed in date order.)


HIMSS

When: Feb 19 -23, 2017
Where: Orlando, FL
Who it’s for: Health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors
More info: http://www.himssconference.org/

“Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference.”

Recommended by: Marcia Noyes, Catalyze Inc.

Marcia Noyes
“This is the biggest conference for healthcare IT in the country. We get an overwhelming amount of ROI from this conference, due to the sheer size and number of our potential clients in one place.”

MSPWorld

When: Mar 26 – 28, 2017
Where: New Orleans, LA
Who it’s for: Managed service providers
More info: http://www.mspworldconference.com/

“Driven by those with actual real-world experiences and successes in the managed services industry AS a managed service provider. … This year’s theme at MSPWorld is MSPStrong.”

Recommended by: Michael Corey, Corey & Associates

Michael Corey
“One thing that always impresses me is people come back year after year to this event. When I ask them why, the answer is always the same: The people they network with in the audience are invaluable to helping them grow the business.”

Channelomics MSP

When: Apr 2017
Where: New York, NY
Who it’s for: MSP leaders and executives

“In a marketplace where every MSP has access to the same resources, what strategies can you use to add value to your services so that you’re able to attract more customers, charge higher prices and spend less time on low-value, reactive tasks?”


ServiceNow Knowledge

When: May 7- 11, 2017
Where: Orlando, FL
Who it’s for: Service management pros
More info: http://www.servicenow.com/content/servicenow/knowledge.html

“Your inside line into what’s next for the future of service management. 5 days, 200 sessions, 120 labs, 15,000 attendees.”

Recommended by: Steven St. Germain, AOS

Steven St. Germain
“Last day @servicenow #know16. Tired, sore, and filled with visions of grandeur and world domination. Five times here and still my favorite.”

HDI

When: May 9 – 12, 2017
Where: Washington, D.C.
Who it’s for: Technical support pros, including managers, directors, and technicians
More info: http://www.hdiconference.com/

“Attendees will return to their team energized and ready to implement new strategies and tactics to improve customer service, resource allocation, and business productivity.”


Automation Nation

When: Jun 19 – 21, 2017
Where: Orlando, FL
Who it’s for: LabTech partners

“Network with like-minded solutions providers, and connect with LabTech experts and top-rated technology vendors.”


Microsoft Inspire

When: Jul 9 – 13, 2017
Where: Washington, D.C.
Who it’s for: Microsoft partners
More info: https://partner.microsoft.com/en-us/wpc

“Build connections, increase engagement with Microsoft, and transform your business with innovative sessions and experiences. Previously known as the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.”


VMworld

When: Aug 27 – 31, 2017
Where: Las Vegas, NV
Who it’s for: Technical professionals and business decision-makers
More info: http://www.vmworld.com/

“Four full days of innovation to accelerate your journey to a software-defined business—from mobile devices to the data center and the cloud.”

Recommended by: Michael Gray, Thrive Networks

Michael Gray
“I attended at least 1 conference a month last year—including VMworld. We did this strategically so we could always be ahead of the curve and know what technology would be available in the next couple years. We no longer had our customers asking us about new technology they heard about, instead we were bringing new solutions to them proactively.”

Autotask Community Live

When: Sep 17 – 19, 2017
Where: Hollywood, FL
Who it’s for: Autotask partners
More info: http://www.autotask.com/commlive


Continuum Navigate

When: Sep 26 – 29, 2017
Where: Las Vegas, NV
Who it’s for: Continuum partners
More info: [link no longer available]

Recommended by: DJ Forman, ITque

DJ Forman
“Navigate is the best source of professional networking with other like-minded MSP business owners and IT industry leaders. The vendors are always relevant and the keynote speakers insightful.”

Best of Breed

When: Oct 9 – 10, 2017
Where: Atlanta, GA
Who it’s for: IT channel executives
More info: http://www.thechannelco.com/events/bob16/about

“Thought leadership conference designed for executives dedicated to achieving the highest levels of performance in the IT channel.”

Recommended by: Daniel DiSano, Axispoint

Daniel DiSano
“A stellar conference where top technology leaders meet and exchange ideas on the future of IT. I highly recommend the conference for CEOs who are looking to learn from their peers and forge stronger relationships.”

Inc. 5000

When: Oct 10 – 12, 2017
Where: Palm Springs, CA
Who it’s for: Entrepreneurs and business owners
More info: https://conference.inc.com/

“Three days of learning, leisure, and connecting with leaders from every corner of American business.”

Recommended by: Jason Caras, IT Authorities

Jason Caras
“You get to rub elbows with other companies that are growing quickly and contributing to the economy.”

ConnectWise IT Nation

When: Nov 8 – 10, 2017
Where: Orlando, FL
Who it’s for: IT service providers
More info: [link no longer available]

“Over 200 sessions with in-depth product training plus thought-leadership and business acumen, Solutions Pavilion highlighting 100+ vendors, and networking, networking, networking!”

Recommended by: Reese Ormand, Techvera

Reese Ormand
“It’s the perfect opportunity for us to meet other ConnectWise users and managed service providers to network, learn, and debate.”

AWS re:Invent

When: Nov 27 – Dec 1, 2017
Where: Location TBC
Who it’s for: Developers and engineers, system administrators, systems architects, and technical decision makers
More info: https://reinvent.awsevents.com/

“A learning conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community. Features keynote announcements, training and certification opportunities, more than 400 technical sessions, a partner expo, after-hours events, and more.”

Recommended by: Nick Lee, Tendigi

Nick Lee
“Very helpful to attend an event with other AWS users to help make sense of the vast array of tools Amazon provides.”

Fusion

When: TBD
Where: TBD
Who it’s for: IT service management professionals
More info: http://sm-fusion.com/

“Leave with the tools, knowledge, and contacts to develop an ITSM strategy that will inspire your customers and grow your business.”