The Largest Gathering of Midmarket CIOs and Senior IT Executives

MES is the Midmarket IT executive event of the year. No other event can offer IT decision makers with exclusive access to more than 60 top vendors, seasoned Gartner analysts and an elite group of peers. Our unique format enables attendees to maximize their valuable time out of the office by building significant relationships and gaining critical knowledge – in one trip.
Working with Gartner, our strategic collaborator, enables us to deliver – without question – the industry’s best content available to the single largest annual gathering of midmarket CIOs. Expertly curated content includes demonstrations of cutting-edge products, services and new technology solutions designed to boost productivity and accelerate ROI. Senior-level IT executive’s leave this two and a half-day conference with the latest research, technology advancements and innovative best practices needed to build forward-looking IT strategies.

The Connected CIO: Why The Future IT Leader Must Be At The Core Of The Connected Business

The most successful IT leaders are emerging as the most connected executives in their organizations. Going forward, CIOs must position themselves at the center of business and technology so their companies can adapt quickly to shifting customer behavior. It is here, at the center, where they can orchestrate the implementation of IT solutions that drive their organizations forward. To deliver business value, the CIO must leverage his/her network of internal and external tech suppliers, developers, vendors, solution providers and specialists to drive innovation for their companies. In order to succeed, the IT leader must nurture and grow their sphere of influence to break down the silos inside their businesses to unlock innovation. Think of the Connected CIO as operating in a virtualized world that creates new opportunities, processes and customer engagements. They are no longer restricted by just their resources but can pull in talent from across the business and throughout their partner ecosystem. This central role, manages the business’ most important relationships and assets.



Top Reasons to Attend

Expert advice. Meet one-on-one with highly regarded Gartner analysts to discuss the issues facing your midmarket business today.

Network. Engage with IT midmarket peers and vendors.

Award-winning vendors. Experience the Midsize Enterprise Summit XCellence Awards, highlighting the show's best technologies and solutions.

Innovation. Hear about the latest products and solutions from a variety of vendors through private boardroom appointments.

New technology. View products and services and meet one-on-one with top and emerging vendors at the Solution Pavilion.

Maximize Your ROI.   Build strong partnerships and get the competitive intelligence you need to drive revenue.

What Our Attendees Say

“Attending MES is like being given a dozen white papers to read in 48 hours, but then having them presented in an engaging and interesting way, targeted to your role.  There's a lot of information packed into a short amount of time, delivered in a way that makes you better understand what solutions are available to midmarket IT.”
- Director of IT, White Energy
“One of the best conferences I have attended that offered actionable content along with industry wide accepted solutions and providers.” 
 VP of IT, Pacers
“Excellent event.  One of the few events out there aimed at the CIO-level position where one can meet with a large number of vendors that are appropriate for the market!”
 Director of Technology, Germantown School District
“Being able to have candid discussions with both peers and vendors was extremely valuable and a great way for me to get information I likely would not have had access to otherwise.”
 IT Manager, Fritz Industries
“MES is by far one of the best events for gathering information about the latest technology trends, discussing solutions for SMB's challenges, and last but not least finding out how various vendors can help you solve those challenges.” 
 VP of IT, College Loan Corporation


Mike Cisek
Mike Cisek
Research Director, SMB Infrastructure & Operations, Gartner
Brian Watson
Brian Watson
Co-Head, CIO Networks, Metis Strategy, Author, Confessions of a Successful CIO
Jason Allen Ashlock
Founder, Frontier Press
Tony Leng
Managing Director, Diversified Search
Heather Colella
Research VP, Gartner
Lynden Tennison
SVP & CIO, Union Pacific

Premier Sponsors



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HP Enterprise/Intel


HPE SimpliVity


Romania IT


MES Advisory Board

Glenn Leatherwood
Glenn Leatherwood
Manager of Internet and Portal Technologies, Valmont Industries
Jason Dimaio
CIO, Spindlemedia
Henry Chace
CIO, Burns & Levinson LLP
John Regula
SVP/CIO, Woods
Jesse Crum
Director of IT and CSO, Knoxville Hospital & Clinics
James Fielder
Vice President of Information Systems, Farm Credit Services of Illinois
Michael  Skaff
Michael Skaff
VP of Technology, Masons of California
Mary Wyderski
Senior Director of Information Technology, DSC Logistics
Ed Freed
IT Manager, Summit Polymers
Tammy Barr
Tammy Barr
VP IS/CIO, Continental Mills
Paul  Furtado
Paul Furtado
Vice President of Information Technology, Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies
Jeff Lutes
Jeff Lutes
VP of Technology, Orlando Magic
Aaron Geiger
Aaron Geiger
Chief Technology Officer, Alberici Group
Vennard Wright, WSSC
Vennard Wright
CIO, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)
Paul Harder
Paul Harder
CIO & CSO, The Arc Greater Twin Cities
Brian Melquist
IT Manager, Truck-Lite
Chance Irvine
Chance Irvine
VP, IT Operations and Infrastructure, Proxibid, Inc
Doug Pontious
BI Analytics Executive, Amerisure Insurance

Giving Back

Channel@Work is our way of giving back to the community that has given us so much over the past three decades. This charitable arm of The Channel Company’s events group is designed to bring the IT community together to connect and give back to the local communities that host our events.

Our team identifies local charities and coordinates efforts with our committed vendors, solution providers and other IT executives to contribute time and donations to make an impact for a worthy cause. Charitable donations collected at MES Fall will support:

Breakthrough Austin provides out-of-school learning and academic case management from middle school through college to students from low-income communities who will be the first in their families to graduate from college.

We believe that all Central Texas children from low-income communities should have the opportunity to go to college. Unfortunately, statistics say this won’t happen without significant intervention. In fact, less than 6% of Central Texas middle school students from low-income communities will finish college, and only 11% of low-income high school graduates.
To combat this trend, Breakthrough makes a 12-year commitment to successfully guide each of its students and families through the long and complicated process of preparing for, enrolling in and completing college. We believe that by providing innovative educational programs to children and their families, we can replace the cycle of poverty with self-sufficiency.

We will be collecting the following much needed personal items on-site at MES, so please remember to pack a little extra for Breakthrough Austin's students.

Breakthrough Austin's wish list includes:

Highlighters | Copy Paper  | One Subject Spiral Notebooks | Flash Drives| Construction Paper | Composition Notebooks | Glue Sticks | College-ruled Looseleaf Paper | Binders and Binder Dividers | Backpacks | White Out | Calculators (Texas Intrument model TI-84) | Post-it Notes | Pens and Pencils | Laptop Computers

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