NEC Advantage 2017 - Quick Update

This week has been a blur, and before it passes, I just wanted to share some photos from NEC's Advantage conference in Chandler, AZ. Very nice spot, and they did a great job updating us on their roadmap. Their offerings are a few steps removed from the world of collaboration as I know it, but that's my problem, not theirs. Today's technologies are so diverse, who's to say that biometrics can't be part of collaboration or streamlining workflows? NEC really stands out this way, and I'll have more to say about that in a follow up post.

Until then, the big news for people in my circles is two major retirement announcements. Both Frank Viola and Larry Kollie are taking leave end of May, and they'll both be missed in a big way. Continuity is another thing that makes their culture special, and these guys truly personify that.

To honor that, I'll be working on a couple of pieces about each of them very soon. I'm putting together a Q&A with Frank that I'll be posting here, and the piece about Larry is still taking shape. Stay tuned.

 

 Not a great photo of frank viola, but i have a much better one coming with my q&a piece.

Not a great photo of frank viola, but i have a much better one coming with my q&a piece.

 Nec's virtual attendant - a bit cartoonish, but she did catch my eye!

Nec's virtual attendant - a bit cartoonish, but she did catch my eye!

 neo face watch - very cool - but really, i'm not a threat, guys

neo face watch - very cool - but really, i'm not a threat, guys

 big shoes to fill after larry, and that's on kurt martin - good guy, and nice to see more youth in this group

big shoes to fill after larry, and that's on kurt martin - good guy, and nice to see more youth in this group

 plenty of water with the gila river nearby - very zen vibe at this place - really hard to leave

plenty of water with the gila river nearby - very zen vibe at this place - really hard to leave