Top Five Tips for a Great Collaborate 2016

Posted by Bart Dix

Collaborate 2016 is less than two weeks away. It is always a really great, information filled event. In fact, there is so much going on at Quest International’s Collaborate in Las Vegas that getting the most out of it takes some forward planning. 

Having attended Collaborate in 2015, here are my top 5 tips for a great Collaborate 2016 – See you there! 

1. Set Clear Objectives 

Like anything else, in order to succeed you’ll need to be clear on your objectives. Before you go, ask yourself: Why am I attending? What do I want to learn? Who do I want to meet? 

Being clear on why you are there will really help you to optimize your time.

2. Do your Homework

Once you know what you want to achieve at Collaborate, your next step is to figure how best to reach your goals. This requires some homework before you go. 

There is just too much going on at Collaborate - more than 190 JD Edwards Sessions - to expect to just arrive and take it all in. A bit of forward planning will really pay dividends.

What’s more, our friends at Quest have even developed a nice Agenda Planning App to help you to do this. They also have a really useful webpage with all you need to plan your trip 

3. Don’t Miss Lyle Ekdahl’s Keynote

Lyle Ekdahl’s keynote is always a highlight of Collaborate, I would even say Lyle’s keynote is even worth attending for non JD Edwards customers. As well as insightful and thought-provoking content, Lyle always brings a touch of “Las Vegas” to his keynotes – definitely worth watching.

This year Lyle will be talking about the challenges and opportunities of the revolutionary technologies of Cloud, Mobile and IoT. :
JD Edwards Thriving in the New Business Reality |  12:45 PM–1:45 PM Apr 11, 2016 |  Mandalay Bay Ballroom H.

 

4. Reach out on Social Media

Before you go: In advance, reach out to your social media contacts to let them know you are attending and perhaps arrange a catch-up on the ground. Update your LinkedIn profile and share relevant insights about the conference via Twitter.

At the show: Use the hashtag #C16LV to get involved in lots of interesting conversations, (and not just to find out where the best party is ) make new contacts and get involved in the debate. 

The great thing about using Twitter at Collaborate is that it will help you to network by giving you the opportunity to meet your virtual friends in person. We’ll be tweeting from @RedfaireERP

Events like Collaborate bring new life to our connections and can create all sorts of opportunities for meeting inspirational people. Ask lots of questions, listen, soak up all the information.

 

5. Have Fun & Make new Friends

So I probably didn’t really need to mention this one but, I think it is fair to say that, at Collaborate, some of the most interesting conversations take place away from the conference floor and during the more informal social events.

 

What I love about working with JD Edwards is that there is a real sense of community and people are so open and happy to share their experience. So, ask lots of questions, listen and get involved in the debates.

I am really looking forward to Collaborate 2016. Please don’t hesitate to contact me on LinkedIn  — See you there! 

 

 

 



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