We wrapped up Collaborate 2010 last Friday, October 22. The main focus of the Conference was how technology is evolving and how the web is being used more and more in businesses. Mobility is key and new devices are arriving on the market for people to get instant access to the information they need. We also discussed CNG’s future developments, introduced new ways of managing documents locally and remotely by using this new technology such as the iPad. We will have more on that soon.
Breakout sessions were geared toward end users and administrators with additional sessions focused on CNG-Advanced Capture, CNG-Forms and Forms Monitor, and the new CNG-WEB and workflow interface. Friday’s sessions opened with CNG-Books (CNG-SAFE’s interface to QuickBooks) and Templates training. One of the sessions included a fun presentation called “Tips, Tricks, and Tantalizing Tidbits” which covered over 30 lesser known ways of using CNG-SAFE.
Followed by a trip to the scenic Monte Sano Lodge, former weatherman Bob Baron gave a keynote presentation during dinner that addressed how technology has changed the way we understand and respond to the threat of severe weather. Bob spoke humbly about how he began his business developing weather forecasting capabilities after witnessing a tornado in 1989 in Huntsville which killed 21 people and caused more than $100 million in damage. Bob said, “It was a seminal moment where I thought we were prepared, but what we had were pretty pictures, not actual tools.”
Partnering for the Future
Event sponsors Kodak and Canon presented their family of document scanners, and PSIGEN software discussed the latest advanced capabilities for scanning documents and filing into CNG-SAFE. PSIGEN technology is used in CNG’s Advanced Capture.
CNG turned the conference over to attendees to provide feedback on the products and services they had purchased. CNG takes this session very seriously and bases many future developments and improvements on customer feedback.
Several CNG customers, including Habilitative Services and SFX Baseball, baseball marketing and management agents for many Major League Baseball players, shared their customer experiences. The San Francisco Giants win helped set the mood. SFX presented how all areas of their company are using CNG-SAFE to better support their baseball clients — accounting, legal and personal contacts are all managed more efficiently.
Habilitative Services provides services that enhance an individual’s quality of life by developing, maintaining or restoring skills, modifying the environment, and by using adaptive technology. The company’s IT director, Chad Wilkinson, shared his story of how Habilitative is using CNG-SAFE with its 1200 employees. Chad said “Finding documents was like looking through a junk drawer, but CNG-SAFE changed that for the users.”
2010 iNGie Award Winners Announced
We announced the award winners for the first annual customer green award, the iNGies. We awarded four businesses who demonstrated the best use of document management to improve their bottom line and operate their businesses in a more environmentally friendly means. We will issue a press release in early November announcing the award recipients. Award winners received a $1,000 credit that can be applied towards annual maintenance of CNG products, an Apple iPad and recognition at the Conference dinner.
A Successful Event
Collaborate 2010 was a great success and delivered a solid return to businesses looking for real value and products that improve efficiency and their bottom line.
The Collaborate Conference provided CNG customers, VARs, partners and potential customers the opportunity to explore best practices, share their ideas and discuss their thoughts about document management and how to achieve a paperless office. We wrapped up the Conference with drawings, CNG Jeopardy and a round of golf at the Highlands Course at Robert Trent Jones, Hampton Cove.
If you didn’t attend, I encourage you to attend next year.
Here are some photos: