We just arrived at the Gaylord Texan Resort for the Exact Macola Evolve 2014 Conference. The conference attracts users and prospects from many industries including retail, manufacturing, logistics, accounting and other industries. The Gaylord Texan Resort is like a mini-indoor city, but nothing in Texas is ever really “mini”. Google image search this place and you will be amazed. I think it’s a ten minute walk from the convention center to my hotel room, through a 9 story atrium.
Before the conference started, we met with Rafael Sanguilly and Giovanni Sanguilly. I had met Raf at the Ingram Micro Cloud Summit in Miami a couple of weeks earlier, and had breakfast with him when I was in Long Beach a few days later for the Long Beach Grand Prix. This time, all four of us could talk, get to know each other, and explore opportunities together. We spent two hours talking about life, work, and everything in between, ultimately coming away with a list of ideas on both sides for how to improve our businesses. I’m looking forward to working with people that are so genuine and caring, and willing to think creatively about solutions. This is yet another testimonial to the IM Cloud Summit, as well as these two professionals.
Scott and I manned our booth for the first Solutions Center exhibit last night. Lots of people stopped by, as we are the only Cloud provider at this conference. There was curiosity, intrigue, confusion, and some disbelief about the capabilities of Cloud solutions. In fact, one IT Leader stopped by our booth and explained his predicament: He has spent so much money on a Citrix installation and it still wasn’t’ performing the way he (and the business) wanted. He’d actually already gone through 6 Citrix consultants who could not fix the issue. We asked him to give us a try, and being west coast based he had a meeting invite and e-mail from our Professional Services Director before he left the event at 8:30pm. When he said he didn’t think we could do what no one else has done before, we simply smiled and said “Let us be the first.”
The following days will have more time spent with attendees in the Solutions Center, and a couple of meetings with some leaders in the Macola family who are in charge of product strategy / roadmap, as well as partner relationships. Our first meeting went very well, and I’m looking forward to the next one. I think we are the kind of firm that Macola leadership wants to work with, and we have the technical skillset many of their users need. This conference is really shaping up to be transformational for ManageOps.
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