NetApp’s Channel Connect Conference Did Not Disappoint

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NetApp held their third annual Channel Connect Conference (C3) from June 5-6, 2019 in San Diego, California.  I was fortunate enough to attend on behalf of the Evolving Solutions team.  This was also my third time attending, and I learn more every time regarding NetApp’s hybrid cloud strategy, key partnerships and technology advancements.

During the event, a lot of time was spent discussing NetApp’s data fabric solutions and message, and how this ties perfectly into a client’s cloud strategy.  From being able to leverage on-premise NetApp solutions, to extending the data fabric to public cloud providers like Azure and AWS, NetApp is “all in” on enabling a seamless experience.  This is a critical technological advantage, as the data suggests that by 2025, the majority of IT buyers will be Millennials and Gen Z buyers.  They are looking for a seamless, integrated, and cost-effective approach to managing their technology environments.

During the event, we heard from key alliance partners including Nvidia, Cisco, Microsoft (Azure) and Lenovo.  These partnerships are driving innovations in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, converged platforms, public cloud, Kubernetes, etc.

The absolute highlight of the conference was hearing from Kate Swanborg, senior vice president of Technology Communications and Strategic Alliances at DreamWorks.  Kate shared an exciting and informative overview of the tight partnership between DreamWorks and NetApp.  Kate has been quoted as saying:  “NetApp is the leader in hybrid cloud data services.  Having used NetApp solutions on all of our CG animated feature films, DreamWorks trusts NetApp to deliver the data services our filmmakers rely on to innovate today and tomorrow, as they unleash creativity and dream new realities.”

Another highlight of the conference was seizing the opportunity to meet many of the NetApp local account executives, solution architects, subject matter experts, managers and executives.  Over 1,500 NetApp employees were also in San Diego for training.  It was a great opportunity to have both the NetApp and channel team members in one place hearing the same messages together.  Be on the lookout for announcements around new all-flash solutions, cloud enhancements, etc. in the coming days.

The best quote of the conference was originally said by Mark Twain over 100 years ago, but is extremely relevant in today’s constantly changing technology landscape:  “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”  The Evolving Solutions team is well down our hybrid cloud journey, and we look forward to continuing to drive innovation with NetApp for our clients.


Bo Gebbie joined Evolving Solutions in January, 2017 as the Vice President of Sales, Services and Marketing. In this role, he is responsible for the sales, pre-sales services, post-sales consulting and marketing pillars within the organization. He is a member of the Executive and Management Teams, and represents the organization externally on vendor and partner Advisory Councils.

Before joining Evolving Solutions, Bo was an IBM executive, serving last as Vice President of Server Solution Sales, North America. In that role, he had sales and profit responsibility for a $3B portfoilio across Power Systems, z Systems and the Server Linux brands. Prior to that, Bo was the Business Unit Executive, Power Systems Sales, North America.

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MinneAnalytics: Data Tech 2019

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We are so excited to be part of the popular practitioner’s field guide to analytics and emerging tech, returning to Normandale Partnership Center for its fifth straight year on May 30. We can’t wait to explore AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, NLP, Robotic Process Automation, Graph Technologies, and much more. Plus, we have an opportunity to speak about hybrid cloud and share some awesome data case studies pertaining to The Weather Company. Although the event is sold out, we will be posting updates on the sessions on our blog, so stay tuned for some great information!

Nebraska IT Symposium

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The Nebraska IT Symposium is the region’s premier single-day event designed for the IT executive community. On Tuesday, May 21, several hundred technology leaders from the Omaha metro area will convene on the Creighton University campus for the Nebraska IT Symposium. During the event, attendees will hear from several thought leaders, including keynotes by Ben Taylor (Pleasant Green) and Julie Rieger (20th Century Fox Films).

As technology continues to redefine business, geographic regions, and create borderless digital environments, it has become essential for IT executives to stay aware of global trends in order to integrate strategies into their operations. This allows your team to stay agile while maintaining your company’s competitive edge. The Symposium provides the region’s IT executives an opportunity to gather for a day of networking, collaboration, and knowledge-transfer through peer-led keynotes, breakouts, panels, and networking sessions.

Evolving Solutions is proud to be a conference sponsor. Dan Wilkey, our senior account executive for Nebraska, will be spearheading the Evolving Solutions presence at the event. Dan and team will meet with clients and partners to discuss the Evolving Solutions strategy focused on modern operations in a hybrid cloud world.

We are looking forward to learning a lot during the day, and connecting with other technology leaders at the conference. For more information on the symposium, please visit: https://www.nebraskaitsymposium.com/.

Evolving Solutions and TechData: A Partnership in Innovation

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We are so excited that TechData chose Evolving Solutions as a feature for their partnership video series.  The video debuted at the TechData Summit in Phoenix, AZ yesterday.  Our team had a blast telling the story of the special relationship we share and explain why it is so valuable for our clients.

Check out the short video, where we talk about just what makes this partnership so special, and how it helps us deliver the right solutions to our clients:

MinneAnalytics: Data Tech 2019

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We are so excited to once again be part of the popular practitioner’s field guide to analytics and emerging tech, returning Normandale Partnership Center for its fifth straight year on May 30. While this event is sold-out, we are excited to explore AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, NLP, Robotic Process Automation, Graph Technologies, and much more. Keep checking our LinkedIn Page and Blog for a recap of the day’s activities, including information on what we learned.