From insightful industry expertise, to a first-hand look at cutting-edge technology, to an evening on the Chesapeake Bay, DocPoint Solutions and QAI’s 7th Annual User Conference was an all-around success. Held June 19, 2015, at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis, Maryland, the event brought together 150 partners, clients and colleagues to learn about the latest trends, best practices and newest innovations in content management – all in a fun, relaxed environment.
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After breakfast and a welcome from DocPoint President and QAI Executive Director Scott Swidersky, John Mancini, president and CEO of AIIM, addressed the crowd on the digital transformation and the struggle to overcome “information chaos.” With the increasing amount of disruptors in today’s business environment (consumerization, cloud and the Internet of Things), organizations are buried in information. At the same time, there are now many “flavors” of enterprise content management (ECM), as ECM has drastically evolved. In order to turn information chaos into opportunity, companies must ensure they have best practices and processes in place to help knowledge workers effectively leverage ECM technologies.
DocPoint’s VP of sales, Mike Ratigan, followed the keynote with a discussion on the growing use of SharePoint as a comprehensive intranet portal. Ratigan invited attendees aboard the “SharePoint Adoption Train,” demonstrating the importance of a design strategy in driving end-user adoption.
QAI and DocPoint treated everyone to lunch on the patio, accompanied by live reggae music. During lunch and in between presentations, attendees participated in Vendor Breakout Sessions, meeting with QAI and DocPoint partners for live demos and a chance to win prizes.
The afternoon sessions began with a case study from Olivia Stewart, a SharePoint architect for DocPoint. With a couple employees clad in sumo wrestler costumes, Stewart demonstrated the constant battles between IT and Business, and how workflows can help the two entities work together in managing content approval and e-signatures. The second case study, presented by Scott Thompson, a senior datacenter specialist for Microsoft, highlighted considerations for cloud deployments and migrations. Thompson noted that private, shared and hybrid cloud options should co-exist, but on a consistent platform.
Next, Ralph Gammon, editor and publisher of the Document Imaging Report, moderated a technology panel featuring experts from Nintex, Kodak Alaris, Metalogix, and Xamcor. The panel discussed topics such as the current state and future of ECM, the impact of big data, industry acquisitions and enterprise content utilization (ECU).
The educational portion of the day wrapped up with a special presentation on the fundamentals of sailing from Tucker Thompson, a live event announcer for the America’s Cup. Finally, under sunny skies, conference attendees hit the seas (the Chesapeake Bay) on a pair of Woodwind Schooners and enjoyed a happy hour at a restaurant overlooking the water.
“Receiving a glowing response and rave reviews, the 7th Annual User Conference was certainly our most successful to date,” Scott Swidersky said. “Everyone’s dedication and enthusiasm brought the event to a new level this year.”
QAI and DocPoint extend a special “thank you” to our sponsors who made the conference possible. We hope to see everyone again next year!
To learn more about the conference, view more photos or download speaker presentations, visit www.uc2015qai-docpoint.com.