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Managed Services & Hosting Summit 2014 announced

  • Leading Vendors, Solution and Service Providers to meet in London in September 2014

[London, 13 February 2014] IT Europa and Angel Business Communications announced today that they will jointly be staging the fourth annual UK Managed Services & Hosting Summit on 25 September 2014. The event will bring together leading hardware and software vendors, hosting providers, telecommunications companies, mobile operators and web services providers involved in managed services and hosting with resellers, integrators and service providers migrating to, or developing their own managed services portfolio and sales of hosted solutions.

All indicators are pointing to rapid growth of managed services, but many key players are uncertain as to direction and nature of the investments. While the proportion of revenue from consultancy and services remains relatively low in the channel currently, in the Brocade channel survey 2013, supported by distributors Avnet, Westcon and Tech Data, some 75% of the channel considers them "critical" or "important" to the future of their businesses. Customers want more: demand for faster access to data and applications is one of the most important considerations.

The UK Managed Services & Hosting Summit 2014 is a management-level event designed to help channel organisations identify opportunities arising from the increasing demand for managed and hosted services and to develop and strengthen partnerships aimed at supporting sales. Building on the success of previous managed services and hosting events, the summit has been expanded in 2014 and will feature a high-level conference programme exploring the impact of new business models and the changing role of information technology within modern businesses.

The summit theme for 2014 is Beyond the Cloud - the changing face of managed services and conference sessions will include:

  • The changing face of Managed Services - Trends in service delivery and changing customer demands
  • Beyond the cloud - Hybrid IT - The impact of new technologies and evolving business models
  • Creating Value with Managed Services - How to create value, gain competitive advantage and build greater value into your business.

These conference sessions will be augmented by boardroom sessions presented by leading vendors and service providers which will provide further insight into the opportunities for channel organisations looking to expand their managed services portfolios. Throughout the day there will be many opportunities for both sponsors and delegates to meet fellow participants within the Summit exhibition and networking area.

"Advances in technology, economic pressures and evolving business models are combining to fundamentally change role of both IT and Telecoms channels," says Alan Norman, Managing Director of IT Europa. "More and more organisations are adopting cloud-based solutions as part of their IT landscape adopting Hybrid IT and supply models. The Managed Services & Hosting Summit 2014 provides a unique opportunity for vendors, VARs, integrators and service providers to come together to address the issues and opportunities arising from the surge in customer demand for managed services and hosted delivery models."

The Managed Services Summit 2014 will take place at The Pullman St Pancras Hotel, London, on 25 September 2014. Resellers and integrators wishing to attend the convention and vendors, distributors or service providers interested in sponsorship opportunities can find further information at: www.mshsummit.com

About IT Europa
IT Europa is the leading provider of strategic business intelligence, news and analysis on the European IT marketplace and the primary channels that serve it. In addition to its news services the company markets a range of database reports and organises European conferences and events for the IT and Telecoms sectors. For further details visit: www.iteuropa.com

About Angel Business Communications
Angel Business Communications is an industry leading B2B publisher and conference and exhibition organiser. ABC has developed skills in various market sectors - including Semiconductor Manufacturing, IT - Storage Networking, Data Centres and MEMS manufacturing. With offices in both Watford and Coventry, it has the infrastructure to develop a leadership role in the markets it serves by providing a multi-faceted approach to the business of providing business with the information it needs. For further information visit: www.angelbc.com

For further information contact:

Alan Norman
Tel: +44 (0) 1895 454 604
Email: [email protected]

Carly Stephens
Tel: +44 (0) 1923 690 223
[email protected]

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