Friday, November 7, 2014

Was the 2014 Executive Connection Summit "The Best Show Ever"? Really?



Well, well, well...40 years of evolution and look where we are today.  Scottsdale, AZ under the watchful gaze of one of the true gentlemen on the planet - Mike Stramaglio.  Mike and I first met at a Lyra show and have had many conversations around the sluggish acceptance of the 'connected world' by our industry.  Mike's world has always been about new technology, M2M, P2P and business engagements blooming into personal relationships.

So it is no surprise that MWAi rises as nexus for our next transformation as evidenced by the conference in Scottsdale.


The universal goal of the summit was to show the industry something new; a more advanced approach to the always changing economic climate and our business models.  The underlying motivation was to illuminate the benefits of Technology United and the integration of Forza with hardware platforms from Samsung, Okidata and Sharp.
Yeah, it was good. But...it could have been better and let me tell you why.
I'll start out by suggesting you read Patricia's account, here, Andy's summary, here, and Amy's report, here. They all nail the look and feel of the 2014, Executive Summit.

Hey, I gotta tell you, I didn't know what to expect. All I know is Mike could put a bunch of guys up there tossing cats back and forth it would still be a hit.

Fortunately, no Cat Jugglers.



My kind of group.
By the way, do you know what "MWAi" stands for?Mobile Workforce Automation Intelligence.  Unleashed Workers Unite!
It's Not CompTIA -

There I was, sitting in the mid to front row. When Intel goes on about chips here and chips there, I can't help but remember the "they're chipping cows" webinar of 2012.

CISCO starts espousing the internet of things, I am intrigued and remember presenting the Internet of Things two years ago.  This after SAP talks mobility, the cloud and something called 'in memory computing', which is where the mother of all algorithms will reside.


And when a seasoned managed services mentor gets up and tells us, "if you can do MPS, you can do managed services..."  my head nearly explodes - like in Scanners - the MPSA has evangelized this mantra for years.

I know, I know.  My frustration is simply a projection of my perceived shortcomings and insecurities.  Okay, I get it, move along.

Speaking of CISCO, Joseph Bradley put forth the best presentation on the connected world I have ever witnessed.

Ever.

He not only talked 'Star Trek' stuff, but integrated our corner of the world into his talk track, discussing how "...imaging devices and other business equipment are inherently included in  'things'  'people', 'process,' and 'data' - the four components of the Internet of Everything"

Technology titans like SAP, CISCO and Intel rarely come to our events - all three were there and delivered.

What About Us?

Sharp put in great words, Todd explained Samsung's position and future in the industry and Oki told us about being the first, second choice.  Not one sold the latest MFP, toner cartridge or drone on about product lines, Segment 2,3,4, TAM and the opportunities in color.  I did not drown in Powerpoint.

Great America sent the team and hustled through a apposite presentation.  Matt from Intellinetics and his cool box brought the show to end.

Why the show was good:

1.  Content was stellar, the best I've been witnessed in either the IT or Imaging realm.
2.  Off line conversations were above the fold - great people moving in the same direction, figuring it out as we go.
3.  I never felt I was being sold.

Why the show was great:

1.  Old skool dealers on the cutting edge - don't give me any guff about how Millennials are the only demo to embrace new tech
2.  The CISCO presentation - holy crap.  Nice touch on recognizing his fresh, days old, promotion to VP
3.  Intellinetics/Intel/Forza - the dark horse of the show.  Matt was last to present and probably had the biggest move in the industry, under his arm
4.  The House - The wine bar would have been enough.  The bourbon bar would have sufficed.  The whiskey tasting put many to shame.  The scallops rocked.  The service was five-star and what in the hell is a "Smoked Manhattan"?

Why the show wasn't the "best show ever:

1.  Jennifer wasn't there with me

Before you get all teary-eyed, Jennifer is a cutting edge, adamant early-adopter evangelist with a keen eye for how technology works in the enterprise.  She, like many of our friends and colleagues, understands technology is nothing without people, process and data.  Our friends are bleeding-edge, "trough of despair ignoring", benchmark making, ships on the beach burning, "jump the curve" types of business leaders.

I know they would have loved to have been there too...





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  1. Greg - you had me at "Well" - I've reached out to Mike and want to be there next year. You can book a table for both Jen & I and no doubt a few others.

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