October 16-18, 2017 in Denver, CO

JOIN THE MODERN MSP REVOLUTION

At Elevate you’ll learn how to become a Modern MSP and build your cloud and managed services businesses on MSPComplete. You’ll gather with top executives from leading IT service providers as you exchange ideas on expanding and building new services, learn to create business opportunities through the BitTitan ecosystem, and make connections through exclusive networking events.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Technical professionals and business decision makers alike. Whether you’re a BitTitan partner or not, learn how to become a Modern MSP and master the MSPComplete platform.

WHY ATTEND?

SPEAKERS

  • Jack Uldrich

    Global Futurist, Author, Speaker

    Jack Uldrich is a renowned global futurist, award-winning author, and prolific speaker on technology, change management, and leadership. He is a frequent guest on the Science Channel’s “FutureScape” and the Discovery Channel’s “Inside Out.” Jack is also an ongoing contributor on emerging technologies and future trends for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired Magazine, and BusinessWeek.

  • Jeff Tench

    CEO, New Signature

    Jeff Tench is the CEO of New Signature. A focused leader with a passion for building great culture through teamwork and collaboration, he brings 20 years of expertise in the telecommunications and technology sectors to his sales management and leadership role. Previously, Jeff was the CEO of Teliris, Inc., and held a variety of SVP roles in product management, product, and marketing at Level 3 Communications.

  • Eduardo Kassner

    Worldwide Partner Group CTO, Microsoft

    Eduardo Kassner is the Worldwide Partner Group CTO at Microsoft. Eduardo is a Microsoft Circle of Excellence Gold Award recipient, and has been honored with numerous speaking awards for sessions delivered across the world. Since joining Microsoft in April of 2005, Eduardo has successfully driven the creation of the Cloud and Data Solution Architecture roles at Microsoft and hired more than 1,200 solution architects globally.

  • Melissa Mulholland

    Cloud Profitability Lead, Microsoft

    Melissa Mulholland is the Cloud Profitability Lead at Microsoft, focused on enabling partners and customers worldwide to accelerate their business transformation in the cloud, increase profitability, efficiency, and scale across Microsoft's Cloud services. Since 2008, Melissa has held strategy, marketing, and sales execution positions across multiple partner segments, OEM, and Advertising and Online Business.

  • Aaron Sherrill

    Senior Analyst, 451 Research

    Aaron Sherrill is a senior analyst at 451 Research and covers the Managed Services sector. He has more than 20 years of experience across several industries, including multiple private sector companies, as well as working in IT management for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He joined 451 Research after serving as VP and CTO, defining and creating technical strategies for two of the largest MSPs in the market.

  • Dana Willmer

    Principal, CloudSpeed

    Dana Willmer is the founder of CloudSpeed and a driving force behind cloud adoption in the Microsoft ecosystem over the last eight years. An author of numerous assets, publications, and financial models, his more recent proprietary research among early movers in the cloud chronicles the “best practices” proven to accelerate Partner business model transitions, reduce the attendant risks, and build shareholder value.

  • Chris Hertz

    Former CEO New Signature

    Chris Hertz was the founder and CEO of New Signature where he led the company's customer-service-oriented culture, set the company's long-term strategies, achieved 12 years of consecutive double-digit plus revenue growth, and exited after selling the company in 2015. Christopher is an industry expert who has presented in the US and Europe and has been quoted in dozens of publications including Time Magazine.

  • Joe Panettieri

    Co-founder, ChannelE2E

    Joe is co-founder of ChannelE2E, its parent After Nines Inc., and MSSP Alert. He oversees ChannelE2E’s content direction and IT development, having previously co-founded MSPmentor, The VAR Guy, and Talkin’ Cloud. Prior to exiting the corporate world, Joe held executive- and senior-level editorial positions at CMP Media (Windows Magazine, InformationWeek), NYIT, Penton Media and Ziff Davis Media (Smart Partner).

  • Todd Hussey

    CEO, CSBexcellence

    Todd Hussey is a 20-year tech startup veteran with extensive expertise as a channel sales executive, consultant, advisor, and business leader. His successes include two IPOs and five acquisitions, growing businesses from $0–100M+ in more than 30 countries. As a HubSpot Gold Certified Agency Partner, Todd helps MSPs improve channel business and grow revenue through modernized inbound marketing experiences.

  • George Mellor

    CEO, KloudReadiness

    George Mellor is a 30-year veteran of the IT industry with more than a dozen years of experience in sales leadership and management positions. With over 20 years dedicated to delivering innovative solutions to clients as a VAR and MSP, he has leveraged his extensive sales and operational expertise to create valuable, long-term relationships with both clients and vendors.

  • Geeman Yip

    CEO, BitTitan

    Geeman Yip founded BitTitan in 2007. As CEO, he’s managed, defined, and driven the company’s core technologies and strategic growth. He has more than 18 years of experience in the software and IT industries, including email services, identity management, and business productivity applications. Prior to BitTitan, Geeman helped ship dozens of products at Microsoft, ranging from consumer devices to enterprise services.

AGENDA

Check out sessions and descriptions below and click HERE to download the full PDF agenda.
  • General Sessions

    • The Future Requires Unlearning

      Today, we live in a world where “constant change is the only constant.” New advances in technology bring forth exciting discoveries every day. But often lost in this new reality is the fact that organizations must unlearn old, obsolete knowledge and old ways of doing business, before they can seize tomorrow’s opportunities. Jack Uldrich—hailed by BusinessWeek as “America’s Chief Unlearning Officer”—explains why unlearning is a critical skill for your organization in this fascinating, informative, and interactive presentation, following open remarks from Geeman Yip, CEO of BitTitan.

    • BitTitan Today, BitTitan Tomorrow

      We’ve come a long way since our early mailbox migration days; we’re “not your mamma's BitTitan" anymore. Since the initial launch of MSPComplete, we've observed that partners need more than their current toolbox can offer. IT service providers have been solving new problems with old solutions; it's time to go back to the future—with MSPComplete. See all the newest features and additional offerings from BitTitan. We’re packing in product announcements to blow your mind a mile higher.

    • The State (and Fate) of the IT Services Industry

      Aaron Sherrill, Senior Analyst at 451 Research, will give us all a better understanding of the current state and trajectory of the IT services industry. Hear what MSPs are all saying but failing to do—including some hard truths. How are we to grow with automation and still focus on customer relationships? In a constantly changing industry, how do we get ahead and stay ahead of competition? What’s needed in strategy, service delivery, and our relationships—internally and externally—to be a true Modern MSP?

    • The Modern MSP on the Road to Automation

      Dana Willmer, Founder and Principal at CloudSpeed, will help you benchmark and improve your MSP business with the help of his proprietary research on successful, early cloud adopters. Dana is joined by a panel of industry experts and MSP leaders to discuss the road to automation, the balance between automation and the human touch, and the transformation into a Modern MSP. Taking questions from the audience, the panel will demystify and shed light on some of the challenges that keep ITSPs awake at night.

    • The Future of Cloud

      Join a discussion with Jeff Tench, CEO of New Signature, Eduardo Kassner, Worldwide Partner Group CTO at Microsoft, and Melissa Mulholland, Cloud Profitability Lead at Microsoft. As we’ll have learned during our time together at Elevate, the cloud has had a huge impact on the IT services industry. What have the most successful Microsoft partners done to seize every opportunity the cloud created? What can we glean from their accomplishments to help us succeed with whatever is next for the cloud?

  • Business Track

    • 10 Steps to Verticalize Your Service Offering

      Breaking into a vertical can be risky and challenging, but offers great rewards in business growth, from profits to intellectual property. In this session, we’ll explore how to assess the market opportunity and verticalize our services with minimal risk, fewer resources, and greater service delivery profitability. We’ll also look at how IT services can be specialized for healthcare, government, finance, education, and manufacturing.

    • Go to Market with New Services with Confidence

      Expanding your portfolio with new services involves significant work and often, some risks. How do you invest time to choose the right services and learn new competencies without slowing down business? How can you quickly define new services and ensure sales and marketing are aligned with what your engineers can actually deliver? It’s time to lower the barrier of entry for adding new services to your lineup, and IT services veterans Todd Hussey, CEO of CSBexcellence, and George Mellor, CEO of KloudReadiness, will tell you how.

    • Use Core Values to Drive a Winning Culture

      Geeman Yip’s passion for culture drives BitTitan to live and breathe the same values that the company promises to customers—and even dogfood the MSPComplete platform. Under Chris Hertz’s leadership, New Signature won more than 100 awards, including recognition as a Microsoft Partner of the Year for two years in a row. What do these founders have in common other than award-winning companies? Both shaped their organizations’ cultures with core values, earning recognition, boosting revenue, increasing innovation, and fostering passion for their workplaces.

    • Mergers & Acquisitions in the Age of the Modern MSP

      Put a twinkle in the eye of prospective investors or acquirers. Learn what makes for a stronger valuation in the ever-changing IT services industry, and which short and long-term strategies can help boost the value of your business. Hear from Chris Hertz, founder and former President of New Signature, about how he boosted the company’s valuation for a successful exit in 2015. Chris is joined by venture capital experts and Joe Panettieri of ChannelE2E.

  • Technical Track

    • Documentation is Dead! Long Live Automated Runbooks

      Static documentation can’t promise mistake-free service delivery or up-to-date processes. Learn how to bring your best practices to life, creating your own custom Runbooks in MSPComplete. You’ll learn how to operationalize your standard delivery methods within MSPComplete, whether you start with out-of-the-box Runbooks or create them yourself from your existing documentation. Define your processes, SLAs, expected task duration, and owners in order to get a comprehensive picture of your service delivery efficiency and costs all the way down to the task level.

    • Automate Your World: Add 1-Click Automated Tasks to Runbooks

      See firsthand how simple it is to integrate custom automation into your service delivery in MSPComplete. Leverage automated tasks for specific projects or place them in multiple Runbooks to scale your knowledge across your service portfolio. In this session, you’ll learn how to add 1-Click Automation to your existing Runbooks to reduce repetitive tasks, errors from manual work, and delivery time. Start with out-of-the-box automated tasks or build your own with custom scripts.

    • Automated VM Migrations: Discovery to Cutover

      BitTitan simplifies the complex processes involved in understanding customer infrastructure, right-sizing workloads in Azure, and migrating virtual machines. Get a look under the hood at how BitTitan MSPComplete, HealthCheck for Azure, and our new Automated VM Migration can simplify VM migrations to Azure. We’ll walk through the discovery, assessment, planning, migration, and cutover, demonstrating the end-to-end process live, sharing dos, don’ts, and best practices, and answering technical questions with our Azure Product Manager.

    • MigrationWiz and MSPComplete: Better Together

      Deliver more powerful migration projects with MSPComplete and MigrationWiz working together. With improved visibility, you’ll eliminate time spent writing project status updates. Prescriptive guidance and automation in the platform empowers you to learn and leverage advanced MigrationWiz features with ease, and deliver mistake-free projects consistently. MSPComplete ensures that everyone from solutions architects and project managers to delivery engineers can work collaboratively on every migration.

MAKE THE CASE

Need to show your manager how Elevate is an investment in you and the broader company? This business justification letter will help you explain the impact of key takeaways, as well as calculate attendance costs.

NETWORK AND CONNECT

Welcome to the Revolution

Monday, October 16 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Following an insightful keynote from Jack Uldrich to kick off the conference, you’ll meet and mingle with other attendees and exhibitors. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment on the rooftop deck of The Westin Denver Downtown.

Work Hard, Play Harder

Tuesday, October 17 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Party like a Modern MSP Revolutionary. Join us in downtown Denver at Punch Bowl Social for bowling, table and arcade games, dinner, drinks, and celebration! Shuttles between the hotel and event will be provided.

Exhibit Hall

View the latest solutions to help you deliver better cloud services and build more efficient channels. Meet with key BitTitan partners as they answer your questions and provide guidance on best practices and opportunities for growth.

Networking Lounge

Connect with like-minded colleagues and share information in a casual environment. The Networking Lounge is a great place to meet with the people that you want to have focused dialogue with at Elevate.

Mobile App

Free! Available in August

Navigate all aspects of the conference before, during and after the event! Connect with other attendees, manage your personal agenda, learn more about sessions, explore Denver, and more.

Social Media

Start a conversation or join us on Twitter @BitTitan, #Elevate17 and connect with colleagues through our Facebook page.

ATTEND THE BEST CONFERENCE THIS FALL

Registration includes full access to every session at the conference, all of the conference materials, exclusive take-away resources available to attendees only, six meals over three days, and two really fun parties. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses.

$399

EARLY Bird

Register on or before June 15, 2017

$699

ADVANCE

Register June 16, 2017 through September 1, 2017

$999

STANDARD

Register September 2, 2017 through October 13, 2017

Contact our Director of Partner Happiness, Alexa Smith at ASmith@BitTitan.com to receive an additional discount at registration!

FAQs

  • About the Venue

    The Westin Denver Downtown: 1672 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80202

    Located in Denver's vibrant LoDo area, this four-diamond hotel is near the famous 16th Street Mall and a mere 5 blocks from Union Station, the arrival station from Denver International Airport. Take a stroll down Larimar Square, one of the most historic blocks in downtown, and discover locally-owned shops and a blossoming culinary scene – downtown’s most exciting things to do and see are all nearby. The Westin Denver Downtown puts you in the heart of the Mile High City.

  • Hotel Reservations

    Click here to book your hotel reservations.

    The BitTitan group rate is $239.00 per night, plus applicable taxes currently 14.75%. Standard in-room internet access is included in the group room rate. The cut-off date for hotel reservations is Saturday, September 23, 2017. After this date, we will do our best to secure a hotel reservation for you at the group rate, but cannot guarantee it.

  • Transportation

    The Westin Denver Downtown is 26 miles (about 37 minutes) from the Denver International Airport (DEN).

    Click here for transportation options to and from the Westin Denver Downtown.

  • Cancellation Policy

    • Full refund if cancellation is received on or before Monday, May 15, 2017.
    • 50% refund if cancellation is received between May 16 and August 1, 2017.
    • No refund if cancellation is received on or after Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
    • Substitutions will be allowed through Friday, October 13, 2017. No substitutions after this date.
  • I’ve already registered. How do I make changes?

    You may review and make changes to your registration information by visiting the Registration page. Once you have logged in you may:

    • Edit or cancel your registration
    • View and print your current confirmation information
    • Create or edit hotel reservations
    • View and print a copy of your current invoice or receipt
  • Will I need a badge to get in?

    Yes, a conference badge is required for entry into all conference functions. Please pick up your badge at the Elevate registration desk during open registration hours. For security purposes, be prepared to show identification. If you lose your badge, you may show photo identification and have it reprinted at a registration check-in deck for a $50 fee.

  • I have never been to Denver and want to bring my significant other. Can they attend any of the Elevate activities?

    Glad you asked! We do have a jam packed schedule, but are more than happy to host you and a guest at our attendee party on Tuesday night. There is a $100 fee for your guest. All other events are closed to registered attendees only.

  • What is the recommended conference attire?

    Business casual attire is suggested for all conference functions, with the exception of the attendee party which is casual. Meeting room temperatures can vary, so we also suggest you wear layered clothing for comfort and flexibility.

  • What is included in the registration fee?

    Your registration fee entitles you to the following:

    • Welcome Reception on Monday evening
    • Attendee Party on Tuesday evening
    • General Sessions / Keynotes
    • Breakout Sessions
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Refreshment Breaks on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • I can only send one person from my organization to Elevate. Can I get copies of the material presented at the conference?

    Yes! All presentations will be posted to the Elevate website within two (2) weeks of the event concluding.

  • What will be available on the mobile app?

    With the mobile app – available exclusively to registered attendees – you will be able to:

    • Stay updated. The most current information about the exhibit area, venue maps, and conference schedule* will be at your fingertips.
    • Connect. Find, message, and arrange meetings with other Elevate attendees directly through the app.
    • Personalize. Easily build and manage your schedule to ensure your experience matches your needs and interests.
    *Please note the conference schedule will only be available through the mobile app. No conference guides will be printed in an effort to reduce waste.
  • Where can I learn more about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities?

    To learn about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities at Elevate, download the 2017 prospectus or email us.

  • Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

    Please email us at Elevate@BitTitan.com.