• Synaxon points to managed service future at members conference

        • Synaxon UK underlined the importance of managed services to the future prosperity of its members, at its annual members conference, which was held at the International Conference Centre in Telford last week.

          More than 400 attendees gathered at the event to hear industry speakers talk about their view of the market, with former Gadget Show host Jason Bradbury making a guest appearance to give his insight on technology futures and artificial intelligence.

          While AI was the theme of this year’s event, delegates wanted to talk about the growth and potential of managed services, collaboration and team working, said Derek Jones, Managing Director of Synaxon UK. 

          He added, “everyone is talking about managed services. They are becoming integral to all our members and they are very much a part of Synaxon’s and the channel’s future. We have seen that reflected in the uptake of our SynMSP membership category this year. There are big opportunities and we will be doing everything we can to help our members take them.”

          The group used the conference to hold a meeting of its SynMSP advisory board, which it now runs each quarter. 

          Derek added, “collaboration, sharing ideas and working together in co-operation is what Synaxon is all about at its core, and the inspiration that members get from being part of Synaxon was there for all to see at this year’s member conference.”

          There were presentations from Microsoft, HP and BT, services automation specialist Datto, and CloudBlue – the cloud arm of distributor Ingram Micro. Jason Bradbury gave an entertaining talk on the exponential growth of computing power and the incredible power of AI and robotics that are now emerging as a result. Impressively, he had taken a break from the year-long trip around the world he is currently taking with his family and flown to the UK from Italy specifically to take part in the Synaxon Conference (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=555axF42Dq8).

          Terra Computers sponsored the Synaxon Awards, presented at the conference Gala Dinner - The winners were as follows:

          • Distributor of the Year – Ingram Micro 
          • Vendor of the Year –Western Digital 
          • Service Supplier of the Year –Continuum 
          • TrustATec Member of the Year – Resolve IT 
          • Managed Service Provider of the Year – Pensar 
          • EGIS Member of the Year – Vital Technology Group 
          • Special Recognition – Nitseh and Sue Ganatra – Kingsfield; Mike and Phionna Hoffman – Drum Brae; Murray Smith – Breeze Office; Mark Lambert – Bear IT
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