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FAL 2015

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Art Wittman Group Vice President art.wittmann@informa.com BOSTON IN THE FALL brings three things to mind. The fi rst is the almost perennial reach for greatness by the Red Sox. What for years has been a ritual of pennant misses has more recently been an exciting white-knuckle ride to the fi nish. The second is the beauty of the New England fall. The rivers and hills that make up the Boston area will be ablaze with color, probably just starting about the time Cloud Partners kicks off in mid-September. Last but not least is the energy and optimism around the start of the school year in Boston. With MIT, Harvard, Boston University and Boston College — just to name a few — learning and intellectual enrichment are in the September air. With all that going on in Boston, we're so excited to be a part of it this year. The Sox will be out of town, but if you're lucky you'll wrangle an invite to one of the parties thrown by some of our biggest exhibitors at Fenway Park. We've gotten into the spirit, too. You'll see a new feature called Fastball that's part of our keynote program. At Fastball, exhibitors with new products or programs will get a quick eight minutes to show you their stuff, and hopefully talk you into visiting their booths for a longer look at what's new. One of the things you've told us is that you'd like more opportunity to hear about what's new in the industry. We think Fastball will deliver just that. And just like Boston, we know that education is important to you. You'll fi nd this year's continuing educational program laser-focused on helping you succeed in the cloud. We're humbled to offer education in the midst of some of the greatest learning institutions in the world. One thing we know: When surrounded by greatness, it's best to keep things simple. With that in mind, this year's education tracks are just that, simple and focused – Selling the Cloud, Building Your Business With Cloud Services and a track on Which Cloud Services to Sell. It's not MIT rocket science, but it is what you need to build your business. While the countryside around Boston can certainly be inspiring, we think Cloud Partners this year will be just as stimulating. Our keynote program will deliver insights from industry analysts, key vendors and some of your most successful peers. The show fl oor will be alive with dozens of vendors you know and many that you need to get to know. If all that isn't inspiration enough, and this happens to be your fi rst year with us at Cloud Partners, you can join us at the Top of the Hub Skywalk Observatory at the top of the Prudential building, which is adjacent to the Hynes Convention Center. From the Top of the Hub Skywalk Observatory you'll not only get a glimpse at Fenway, the Charles River and Cambridge at sunset, you'll also mingle with some of this year's Cloudys award winners, all of whom have distinguished themselves as successes with cloud services. Will this be the biggest and best Cloud Partners ever? Well, just like the Red Sox aim for the Series each year, you can bet we're putting everything we have into making Cloud Partners the best ever. With learning, inspiration, networking and all the fun you've come to expect from Channel Partners events, you'll come away reinvigorated to drive your business to new heights. Cloud Means Business Use code CPMAG for $50 off. NOW 2 Cloud Means Business

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