Who wants free MES and manufacturing ERP software training without leaving your office (or couch) at noon or midnight, your choice? If your hand is in the air, you're not alone. At a time of 24 hour banking, 24 hour pharmacies and around-the-clock shopping, it should be expected.
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As IQMS embarks on planning for our next User Group conference, I am struck by how many trade shows and events the company will be at between now and the end of the year. With the onslaught of social media and online networking, it got me wondering ... how much priority is set on face-to-face meetings nowadays?
As a child, many of life's lessons were learned in the sandbox at school. It is where we learned to share and to be kind to others. It is where we learned that jumping from the top of the monkey bars sends horrible pains into your feet and many other invaluable lessons that we brought with us into adulthood. The sandbox was an incredible place for learning, but why? Because, in the sandbox, it was OK to make mistakes. Wouldn't it be nice in our adult world to have a place where it is safe to make mistakes? At work, I would have test colleagues whom I could practice on before conducting a difficult meeting with real people. At home, I would have test kids to make all of my mistakes on so that my poor first born could stop paving the way for his younger brother. I could even have a test audience to read this blog post before I put it out there for all the world to see. Wouldn't it be great to have an ERP sandbox where you could safely learn? Fortunately, you can.
In November I attended my second IQMS Users group which was held in Las Vegas. It is always good to see the people we talk with on the phone and make that connection face-to-face, as well as see those folks with whom we go way back. As you no doubt have heard, this was our largest attendance for a Users Group ever! Congratulations to the attendees! After all, you are why we have this event and it should be taken advantage of.
With another successful IQMS User Group growing smaller in my mental rearview mirror, I wanted to take some time and reflect on that week with fresh, post-holiday eyes. If you've already read some of the other recent blogs, then you've heard what a truly epic event this User Group was on so many levels. There was a full gamut of emotions that will stick with all of us for a long time to come. However, two months later, what truly sticks with me the most is the feeling of "family" that I share with not only my co-workers, but with so many of our IQMS customers as well.
A User’s Group conference is a great way to share and gain information regarding the Manufacturing ERP software you use in your facility. There are opportunities to network with other companies who run their businesses similar to yours and gather good ideas to implement when you return from your trip. It’s also a great opportunity to gain information in person from your ERP software provider, such as IQMS.
It is now well over a month since the IQMS Users Group 2010 kicked off and ended. Sitting here thinking back on the experience there is only one word that comes to mind. WOW!!!! I think that covers it pretty well. This being my first full blown Users Group to participate in, I was not exactly sure what to expect. The experiences that followed over the three days in Las Vegas ranged from heart wrenching to incredibly rewarding and will live with me for the rest of my life.
At IQMS, we approach every User Group event with a healthy dose of both pride and anxiety. We're always excited and proud to be able to introduce new features and functionality to our loyal customers, and nervous about fulfilling our customers' (and our own) expectations. Our 2010 event proved worthy of both the planning and anxiety we had dedicated to the event.
In my last blog (IQMS Community Server – Game Changing Technology) I discussed the affects that Community Server has had on our Design, Programming, Testing and Documentation departments. This time I will discuss how the rest of our organization has been impacted.
It's been a year since we introduced the IQMS Community Server. It's clear to me that this project is "game-changing technology" on many levels.