This year’s Software Innovation Summit: Software Conference brings all of the Schneider Software User conferences under one roof.
So a new(er) reason that customers would like to attend the Conference is the ability to see some of the other software solutions in the Schneider portfolio, without having to call in each company on their own.
Beyond this, they attend in my humble opinion for the following reasons:
- Technical Sessions: The breakout sessions are often done by Product Managers or Technical folks; so the sales pitch is somewhat muted. My customers have repeatedly come out of these sessions and called them ‘training’ which they are not. Having said that, there are also hands-on training sessions on some of the newer releases. Great way to justify the trip – you are going to training also! For more information, check out the conference agenda.
- While we have some great Product support through our Technical Team; there are 10 times as many experts at the Conference and you can either sit through their sessions (I often make my session plans by looking at the speaker's bio) and or grab them after a session for a few quick questions.
- The EXPO is also intriguing. Having worked hundreds of trade shows over the years, I will even roam from booth to booth because these booths are often manned by some of the product experts themselves. Grab a beer and work the room. My goal is to hit three vendors I know to say hello and find out what is new – then find 3 vendors that I have never met and at least get a high-level appreciation for what they have to offer that may or may not fit my needs going forward.
- Despite being mentally exhausted from the all-day sessions, we have fun working into the night— even if that just means finding a group to “network” with (code for
havea beer). This makes the trip even more worthwhile.
Join us in San Antonio and if you run into me on the beautiful River Walk, we can ‘network’ a little.
Post By: Joe Finn