Wow. Where to start? As I begin typing this blog, I am reflecting on all that the past year has been. There has been joy and sadness. There have been wins and losses. We’ve all experienced bouts of fear, matched with bouts of hope. We’ve lost loved ones or know those who have. We’ve worried about not only our health, but the sustainability of our local economies. We’ve worked to lift up local businesses as the pandemic altered our daily lives irrevocably.
In short, it’s been heavy.
But boy, does it feel good to say that today, again as I write this, I am feeling so encouraged. As vaccines reach more communities and case numbers drop, I am energized by the idea of seeing many of your faces in the not-so-distant future.
If you’re comfortable with masked in-person events, we’re planning a few and attending others. If you’re not, please know we support your decisions, and we hope you’ll stay engaged through video conferences until we can see you again face-to-face.
We know this thing isn’t over, and it’s our commitment to our partners, our employees and our clients that we will do everything within our power to keep you safe and comfortable as we navigate the rest of 2021. We’ll be sure to communicate very clearly about our plans for COVID-19 safety precautions at any in-person events we host, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
If there’s one thing I think we have all taken away from this challenging year, it’s to be patient, be kind and extend grace. In all that we do going forward, I’ll use these as my guiding principles.
I hope to reconnect with many of you soon. And until then, please stay safe and stay healthy.
Upcoming Events (Virtual & IN-PERSON)
Red Hat Summit 2021 (April 27-28): Red Hat Summit 2021–now an all-new, flexible conference series–is designed to give you a mix of innovation, collaboration, and learning opportunities featuring keynotes from industry thought leaders and subject matter experts. Kick off your journey on April 27–28 with compelling keynotes from Red Hat thought leaders and global customers as they address the current climate of open source and speak on the latest technology topics. And, don't forget to catch the welcome message from Red Hat CEO, Paul Cormier.
Women in IT Global Summit (April 28): The Women in IT Summit & Awards initiative, presented by DiversityQ in association with Information Age, works alongside a community of industry champions to change the statistics. The Summit The USA edition will be a two-part virtual series for 2021, bringing together delegates from around the world as we continue to cover the most pressing tech issues and continue the key diversity, equality and inclusion conversations. Kelly Nuckolls, Vice President of Marketing & Alliances at InfoSystems, will share some of the key lessons InfoSystems leaders and associates gained from the pandemic. She will speak during a morning session, “Digital Adoption: Lessons from COVID-19,” at the upcoming Women in IT Virtual Summit on Wednesday, April 28.
Dell Technologies World 2021 (May 5-6): Join us at Dell Technologies World as we explore the innovative technologies that are delivering on the promises and possibilities of our data-driven world. Sign up now for the free, two-day digital event to see how you can harness the transformative power of today's technology–and be ready for whatever comes next.
AWS Americas Summit (May 12-13): AWS Summit Online is designed for developers and IT professionals looking to learn how to build and innovate at scale using AWS Cloud. Hear the very latest from AWS executives, attend breakout sessions featuring customer stories, and engage with AWS experts to get your questions answered. Enhance your skills with hands-on labs and workshops, learn from inspiring demos, and discover what AWS and our Partner Solutions can do for your business. This free online conference is designed to educate you about AWS services; and help you design, deploy, and operate infrastructure and applications.
IBM Think 2021 (May 11): Hybrid cloud and AI are the foundation of smarter business. Think is where they come to life. IBM understands that the world — and business — is in the midst of rapid and unpredictable change. Join InfoSystems at Think 2021 to learn how to navigate change through transformation, automation and modernization. Learn about the future of hybrid cloud and AI and meet others who are using technology to make a difference.
Put me in coach, I’m ready to automate. (June 8): Join InfoSystems, Red Hat and Arrow in-person at First Horizon Park’s Field Suites on Tuesday, June 8th for a Triple-A match-up between the Nashville Sounds vs. Indianapolis Indians. We'll get started at 6:30 PM with casual dinner, drinks and conversation around making the most out of your business investments and thriving in 2021 with automation, particularly when paired with IBM Power Systems. Start planning your modernization strategy with the Ansible Automation Platform as an essential component driving toward a more efficient and optimized business.
WOTC+ Virtual Experience (June 9): This half-day event is scheduled to take place on June 9, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. The event will bring together women from across the IT channel to help you develop professional, corporate and personal goals through an interactive platform featuring:
- Live Keynotes from Industry Thought Leaders, including a “State of Women in the IT Channel” discussion with exciting new research, presented by Lisa MacKenzie, EVP and Partner of The Channel Company
- Interactive Business and Personal Track Sessions & Panels
- Peer-to-Peer Networking Tables & Open Discussion Time