This year’s edition will be held at Cisco’s San Jose Campus, and it will be the first opportunity for analysts to meet and hear from Amy Chang, the new SVP of their Collaboration Technology Group. Will be a short trip, but definitely looking forward to it.
This is a new event for host TMCnet, and aligns with the 20th anniversary of the broader ITExpo, all taking place at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center. As co-chair for the Future of Work Expo, I’ll be leading all the sessions, either as moderator or host, so I won’t be hard to find.
Time for another SCTC CRG - Canadian Regional Meeting, this time hosted at Mitel’s offices in Concord, just north of Toronto. Yes, it’s winter, but I’ll be local for a change, and no hotel required. I couldn’t attend the previous CRG, but I’ll be speaking at this one again, and have been helping put the program together. Should be a great event for members, as well as prospective members, so if you know any consultants looking for community and resources to up their game, this event is for them. Details are here on the SCTC website.
This will be my first visit to Annapolis, and am really looking forward to it, along with this year’s conference. Aside from attending as an SCTC member, I’m also giving the locknote talk to close out the conference on Thursday.
Wearing my musician hat, I’ll also be performing on Wednesday night with the SIPtones, and that involves a different kind of preparation. Details about that are here on my blog, and if you’re there, we want to see you dancing!
Nothing is moving faster than this space, and it's time to explore things further. I do have an emerging focus on blockchain, as it does have interesting applications for secure communications across distributed environments. There will be lots to explore at the Blockchain Futurist Conference, and it's great to be local for a change. Very impressive roster of speakers, and aside from my activity (@arnoldjon), here's the event hashtag - #futuristconference.
Am returning to NEC's annual Advantage conference, this year just outside of Dallas. The event will be at the Gaylord Texan, and this will be a new venue for me. That said, there are four Gaylord hotels, and in my travels since March, I'll have stayed at three of them. It's a pretty unique experience, and I think I'm finally getting the hang of this place.
I'll be wearing two hats for the Genesys CX18 conference, and definitely looking forward to both. First, I'm attending as an analyst, getting the updates I need to stay current with them in the fast-changing customer care space.
I'll also be wearing my musician hat, as the SIPtones are back on stage (you can check us out here), this time at The Valentine nightclub in the heart of Music City. I'll be mainly playing keyboards, but it might work out for me to play some guitar as well!
Am back for another edition of MoNage, this time at the Computer History Museum, which should be very fun.
I'll be reprising my perspectives on how messaging and AI is evolving in the enterprise, and that will take place on the Wednesday at 10:30, along with my colleague, Chris Fine. Hope to see you there!
This will be my first time attending Enterprise Connect, and I'm one of the very first speakers. Bright and early at 8am, Monday, I'm presenting a tutorial on speech technology that I think attendees will really enjoy and learn from.
I'm already pretty booked up with meetings and briefings, but will do my best to spend time with you if interested, but please let me know ASAP for that to happen. Finally, as a speaker, you can use my speaker code with this link to get $500 off if you register before March 9. See you there!
February usually means ITExpo, and lately that means Fort Lauderdale. Good time of year to go south, and I'll be busy moderating three sessions. More details coming, but here are the topics and times:
Making Chatbots Your Most Valuable Assets - Hot Topics in Tech Track, Wed at 10
How AI is Changing the Customer Experience - Hot Topics in Tech Track, Wed at 1
The Rise of Messaging in the Enterprise - Business Communications Essentials Track, Fri at 11
I'll be attending BroadSoft Connections earlier in the week, and then will be here at Fall MoNage 2017 for Wednesday and Thursday.
On the Wednesday, I'm speaking at 10:30, along with my colleague Chris Fine about enterprise trends in messaging, chatbots and AI.
Hope to see you there, and if you're still not registered, I can provide a coupon code for 20% off the registration fee - just drop me a line.
The 2017 BC Summit returns to Palm Springs, and I have no complaints about that.
Our agenda is still shaping up, but I'll be speaking on two panel sessions, along with other UC Experts. First is the Vendor Landscape on Wed at 10:30, and at 1 pm Thursday, I'll be part of the update session on contact centers, with an emphasis on new technologies like chatbots and AI.
Last month, I spoke at this networking event here in Toronto, and as Jeff Pulver's MoNage roadshow continues, I'll be joining him for this one, just outside Boston at the Westin Hotel in Waltham. The format will be the same, and am looking forward to teaming up again with colleague Chris Fine to giving an updated version of our talk on the impact of enterprise messaging, AI and chatbots on our emerging digital economy. The event is free, and if you're local, I hope you can join us - details are here on the Monage website, including the Eventbrite registration form.
This is a one-day event run by the Canadian Regional Group of the SCTC, of which I'm a member. I'm giving the locknote address on the "Spectrum of Collaboration", where I'll explore the various flavors of offerings that go well beyond UC. It's a really full agenda, and all the details are here.
Schulich is my MBA alma mater, and I'm involved with their tech networking group, which holds quarterly events in downtown Toronto. I'm facilitating the next one, where the focus will be on the impact of digital transformation for businesses. As moderator, I'll be leading a panel discussion, and it should be a thought-provoking evening. All the details are here, and early-bird pricing expires May 26.
For years, this time and place was for Interactive Intelligence's Interactions annual event, but having now been acquired by Genesys, that event will now be part of their event, G-Force. This is the bridge year for combining them, and going forward, am not sure if it will still continue in Indy, a city I've enjoyed visiting - and playing music in.
I'll be flying there on Sunday, and am looking forward to seeing how the two companies are coming together, especially for the mix between cloud and premise-based offerings. There's a lot to be worked out, especially for branding, channels and managing the two workplace cultures.
That aside, I'm looking forward to another gig with the SIPtones, and we're all practicing to get ready. We're playing Tuesday night, back again at the Slippery Noodle, Indy's top blues bar. It's a great spot for our music, and if you haven't seen us, here's my post from our last gig there, including a short video compilation of our show.