Next Stop - SCTC Conference, My Locknote, and Music from Little Pink!

If you’re a card-carrying digital immigrant, the above title should grab you right away.

First, the easy stuff. Just doing a shout-out for the SCTC’s annual conference, this year being held in Annapolis, MD. It’s a pretty small, specialized community, so it won’t be relevant for all of you, but that’s where I’ll be next week. Of course, SCTC members know all about it, but it’s also open to non-member consultants, so if that’s you, it’s not too late to make plans.

Aside from attending, I’ll be giving the locknote talk at the conference close on Thursday, so that’s very much on my to-do list for the next few days.

Then, there’s Little Pink. Sound familiar? How about Big Pink? You should know that one:

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Classic album, of course, with Bob Dylan and the Band holed up in upstate New York at their Big Pink house for what would become the Basement Tapes. As you may know, I play keyboards and guitar with the SIPtones, and we’re performing at the conference party next Wednesday - at the prestigious US Naval Academy - cool, huh?

Tomorrow, I’m packing up my gear and driving to the Adirondacks, where we’re doing our version of this over the weekend as we rehearse for our gig. We won’t be recording at “Little Pink”, but that’s definitely the vibe we’ll be channeling. Let’s hope it rubs off at the show, and if you’re there, we sure hope you let us know!

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Collaboration Vendors to Watch - Our BCStrategies Podcast

Been offline a few days, but now back to posting. Getting real busy again on a few fronts, and before things get too hectic, I’ve been meaning to share this podcast.

As part of BCStrategies, we record podcasts regularly, and this is a topic we’ve been meaning to do for a while. The big players by nature get most of the limelight, and this time around, we wanted to focus on lesser-known companies who are doing interesting things.

Without variety, things get dull pretty fast, and this webinar provides a good window into what companies other than Microsoft, Cisco, Google, Amazon, et al are up to. This time around, the podcast was hoted by Blair Pleasant, and for reference, the replay link here also provides a brief overview of the companies we talked about. For my segment, I touched on CoreDial, Nectar, Sangoma, and Cogito. All doing very different things, but interesting in their own ways.

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Slack Frontiers 2018 - My 3 Takeaways on BCStrategies

I really wanted to get this posted before the week is out and while the conference is still fresh. My followers will know that I posted some photos and thoughts earlier about Slack’s event, but more needed to be said, and that’s what I’ve done here.

As my followers will also know, I’ve long been a BC Expert with BCStrategies, and that’s a good place to share my high level takeaways about Slack and their Frontiers 2018 event.

There’s more to come, but I hope this post gives you a good flavor for what’s coming with Slack, and how they’re pushing the frontiers of collaboration. As always, your comments are welcome, and any sharing would be greatly appreciated.

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Next Webinar with Genesys - Exploring Options for Moving to the Cloud

Onwards and Cloudwards is how Genesys is framing the topic, and it should be a good one. These are heady times for the contact center, as the case for moving to the cloud seems to get stronger by the day. There’s still lots to think about, and to do this right, you need a plan. If you’re in that situation now, this is the webinar for you.

My followers will know that I’ve been doing several webinars lately, and this topic has definitely been keeping me busy. For this webinar, Genesys is the sponsor, and following my presentation, I’ll be joined by Barbara Gonzalez, their VP of Global Business Consulting.

Full details are here on the registration page, and if you’re coming, save the date - Wed, Oct.3 at 2pm ET. Genesys has been doing a great job promoting this on their channels, and I’ll be keeping that vibe going as we get closer to the date.

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Next Webinar - Making IT Strategic as Collaboration Moves to the Cloud

I’ve been doing several webinars lately, including this one in late July for Ziff Davis. That webinar was sponsored by Jive Software (now part of Aurea) as a two-part series around the impact of digital transformation collaboration.

Next week’s webinar will be the second part of my analysis, this time focused on IT’s changing role. With so much moving to the cloud - including collaboration - this presents new challenges for IT to remain strategic, and layering digital transformation into this, there will be some re-invention needed.

That’s the gist of what’s coming, and more details are here on the registration page. If that sounds like you, then save the date - Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 2ET - and I hope you can join me then.

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