This sponsored post is produced by Jeffrey M. Kaplan from THINKstrategies.

The Cloud is not only disrupting the way organizations acquire and utilize business applications and computing power, it is also changing the way software and systems are sold and supported. The Cloud is redefining the role of the channel and the nature of channel relationships in the software and technology industry.

A year ago, THINKstrategies, the Cloud Computing Showplace and Rising Tide Media launched an executive forum, called the Cloud Channel Summit, to bring together leading vendors and channel companies to discuss their mutual challenges, share best practices and showcase their success stories.

The success of last year’s inaugural Summit encouraged us to host the second annual Cloud Channel Summit again at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA on Monday, November 5.

The Summit will include executives from leading Cloud companies such as, Google, GoodData, InformaticaCloud and Rackspace; software and systems vendors such as IBM, Oracle, SAP and VMware; and VARs/systems integrators and other important channel companies such as All Covered, Avnet, Centerbeam, Cloud Sherpas, Ingram Micro, Insight, Spiceworks and Tech Data. We’re pleased to also have the support of VentureBeat as a media supporter of the Summit.

The Summit keynote presentations and roundtable session will examine the following important topics:

  • Leveraging Cloud Solutions to Create New Channel Opportunities
  • Market Opportunities to Expand Cloud Channel Relationships
  • Innovative Cloud Channel Initiatives to Create New Customer Value
  • New Channel/Partner Opportunities Being Created Via Cloud Marketplaces

VentureBeat readers can save 10% on their conference registration by using discount code VB12 when they register at

Kaplan is the Managing Director of THINKstrategies (, founder of the Cloud Computing Showplace ( and host of the Cloud Innovators Summit conference series, He can be reached at

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