Every year, we wrap up with some deep thoughts about what happened in the channel in 2023 and what to expect in 2024. And, you don’t have to leave your home to check out these events!

Here are my top 3 picks for December, but you will see many others as I get more perspectives from interviewing many other industry leaders.

Jay McBain from Canalys and I will dig into all things channel trends and predictions from an industry analysts perspective… I look forward to this every year and I have a feeling that this year, we are going to run into overtime as there is so much to talk about. The two “Js” got this!

Julian Lee and Jay McBain

Michael DePalma, Matt Scully and Miles Walker, from Kaseya, possibly the best channel team in the industry, will examine the state of MSPs, best practices, trends, and forecasts for 2024 from the perspective of a frontline channel team. I had the privilege of being a part of the very beginning of these three incredible people’s journey in the channel, and I can confidently say that if I were a vendor, I would have these three amigos on my team. Who wouldn’t want to be friends with these guys?

Julian Lee, Michael DePalma, Matt Scully and Miles Walker

Paolo Del Nibletto , Randal Wark and I will discuss the channel trends from a news media perspective. Paolo has been a rock in the IT news industry from early days and he is so amazing that he was able reinvent himself as a channel leader in the cybersecurity space. As a contributing editor for eChannelNEWS, I simply love him. There was a time when we were somewhat competitive in the channel news game but now we are friends! Randal has become somewhat of a brother from another mother. His real world experience as a very successful MSP that he actually ran remotely from a different country (that’s true remote working), his deep interest in music as a former DJ and interviewing cool bands, his Mastermind Peer-Group skills and his never ending appetite for learning is next level. I trust him to step up to any challenge.

Julian Lee, Paolo Del Nibletto and Randal Wark

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As we come to the end of 2023, we hope you had a good, prosperous and healthy year. The good news is that we all get another chance to start over fresh in the new year!