Solver and its global team of multinational entities put on their yearly user and partner conference, BI360 Focus 2015, at the end of August in scenic Marina del Rey, California. The event continued to build off of last year’s momentum with more attendees, educational sessions, and learning tracks to benefit participants – and added a Ted Talk presenter to deliver the second keynote address of the conference.
As a returning participant in Solver’s main event for the year, their BI360 Focus user conference, I can tell you that the beautiful southern California setting stayed the same (beautiful) – and the event got bigger and better. Thoughtful conversations, panel discussions, Q&A breakouts, a welcome reception, beach volleyball, Amazing Race group work, and other events made for natural networking amongst partners and customers. In fact, attendance for both customers and partners was at a record high, making the conference a sellout again this year. Solver added a track of more technical topics and independent software vendor (ISV) sponsor sessions to expand the experience of Partner Day and showcase integrations and best-of-breed solutions for BI360 users. Hosted in the Marriott courtyard, the Welcome Reception was a tasting event consisting of California food and beverage trends that allowed customers and partners to mingle before the customer conference even started.
The event delivered several highlights, but one obvious element was the beauty of the Marina del Rey setting. The conference also balanced all of the productivity and learning with fun. Solver team members, customers, and partners were all able to reset and unwind from all of the learning that was occurring in hands-on labs, customer presentations, and discovery sessions to participate in beach volleyball or the new Solver Amazing Race, checking out the Marina del Rey and Venice Beach area. Attendees got the best view of Marina del Rey and the coast at breakfast, lunch and dinner from the Bayview Ballroom, which is on the top floor of the hotel.
It became pretty clear by the end of the user conference that Solver Global is a strong group of BI experts that really considers their customers and partners to be part of the family. BI360 developers, consultants, and support professionals, in addition to customers, ISV sponsors and Ted Talk speaker, Drew Dudley, all presented demos, sessions and hands-on labs to make the most of the product for diverse, specific organizational needs. The future of this conference looks bright, even if just by word of mouth. The success I saw and experienced last month seemed most related to the intersection of learning, networking, and collaboration all set in sunny Southern California. I’m excited to see both conference friends from last year and new attendees when this event rolls around next year. The 4th Annual BI360 Focus conference will continue to be the BI event of the season in summer 2016, with information about dates and the venue to be released in the next couple of months.
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