Control Concepts and BMA Software Solutions are providing Technology Managers with an interesting opportunity this year at InfoComm. On Tuesday evening, they are holding a special event at Gordon Biersch restaurant. I recently spoke with Steve Greenblatt of Control Concepts about the event. Steve describes the event as a hybrid event of networking and professional development. Steve will join with Marc LaVecchia, both experienced InfoComm presenters, to discuss a wide variety of topics. According to Steve, they will cover topics including Troubleshooting Tips and What’s In the Bag: Tools Every Tech Manager Needs; Planning for Your System: Unlock an Effective Scope of Work, Prepare for Future Needs, Protect Your Budget, and Deliver Optimal Experience at Every Step; Set the Standard: How System Standardization Makes Life Better for Tech Managers; Best Practices for all Facets of a Project including Design, Maintenance, and Upgrades.
There was one catch that I noticed about the event that I had to call Steve on, they are charging for the event. The cost is fairly modest, $79, but we are so darn used to getting everything for free at InfoComm. In my discussion with Steve, I remembered that free usually means you will get an hour sales pitch. However, that is not the point of this event, and it will not happen. This is truly an exclusive event for Technology Managers to get valuable information from experts in the industry. You will walk away with practical information you can put to use immediately, rather than being introduced to a product that will be available next February.
Another reason for the cost of the event is that Steve and Marc are trying to grow a community. Right now, they don’t have the capital to fund this event, and they wanted to stay away from sponsorship, again to keep a clear intent of the session. This community will include a website, and possibly future sessions and webinars. I, along with many Technology Managers, have always felt a little lost at InfoComm. We were not left out of events, but there were no events aimed at us. Well, that has now changed.
To top it all off, there is a food and beer. Steve tells me that they are serious enough about the beer that they sent Marc out to Vegas last week to do some beer testing. They earned his stamp of approval. You get the food, beer, networking and professional development, all for a very reasonable cost.
I, along with many Technology Managers, have always felt a little lost at InfoComm. We were not left out of events, but there were no events aimed at us. Well, that has now changed. We have people in the industry who have stepped up and are providing us with this opportunity. I recommend, and hope, that many of us take advantage of it. You can still sign up at: http://www.controlconcepts.net/tech-talk/