Make the Most of Your ERP Vendor’s Annual Conference
By Kassi Burke
Whether you are attending Visibility’s VCC 2020 in San Diego or another vendor’s ERP conference, we have a list of how to make the most of your time and investment in attending.
ERP conferences can be a financial investment and a time investment on the part of the attendee and manufacturing company, so follow these tips to make the most out of your time at the conference.
Talk to Your Account Manager
Touch base with your account manager in the weeks leading up to the conference. Talk about goals for the conference and any pain points your organization may be experiencing with the software. Your account manager can recommend the best sessions to attend, consulting appointments to make, and people to network with.
Go in With a Plan
Based on your discussion with your account manager, make note of the sessions you plan to attend, the questions you want to ask in the lab, any one-on-one consulting appointments you made, and any customers and/or ERP consultants you’d like to network with during the event. This way you will be sure not to miss out on anything!
Network, Network, Network
Networking is one of the top benefits of attending an ERP conference. Customers can learn so much from other customers. Networking is an experience you don’t get to take advantage of when you hire an onsite consultant. Connect with as many other customers and ERP vendor employees as you can during the event. If you are lost as to who you might have something in common with, reach out to one of the ERP vendor employees – they can connect you with the right people.
Document Your Experience
Document every aspect of your experience so you don’t forget what you learned and so you can bring something tangible home with you to help other team members from your manufacturing business that did not get the opportunity to attend. Be sure to take note of things such as: what you learned in educational sessions; new features, products, modules, etc. that you want to take advantage of; customers that you connected with and might want to reach out to in the future.
When you return home after an ERP conference, don’t put your notes away and forget about your experience – follow up on everything! This could mean connecting with a fellow customer about a unique way they utilize the system, reaching out to your account manager to learn about investing in more consulting or add-on module, or sharing your documentation with fellow team members who were not able to attend.
Keep these tips in mind before, during, and after your ERP vendor’s conference to make the most of your financial and time investment in attending. It’s not too late to join us for VCC 2020 in San Diego! Have questions? Contact us for more information!