Quest West is a wrap, and with all the great feedback and a 40 percent increase in customer attendees over 2009, the event can also be called a success. Whether attendees traveled to sunny San Diego primarily for networking or education, the investment paid off. “As a first time Quest West Conference attendee, I was very impressed with the slate of functional and technical education sessions,” said Jim McNeil, director of global supply chain at Amylin Pharmaceuticals. “I found the access to other users, Oracle experts, and relevant product vendors very beneficial and the intimate setting allowed for easy networking.”
Barb Canham, product strategy director at Oracle, said she loved hearing from customers as well. “The sessions were interactive and personal and there were many networking opportunities,” she said. “It was great to meet all of the customers who are starting their upgrade project.” More than 42 percent of attendees, in fact, said they are planning upgrades within the next year.
Because Quest West draws its attendees primarily from the western part of the United States (although some came from as far as Michigan and North Carolina), many find it a great place to strengthen local networks. “Taking advantage of a regional conference to meet and network with customers that are located nearby is a great way to build relationships with your customer neighbors,” said Jennifer Barton, vice president of information technology at Westmoreland Coal Company. She also considered the event a great value. “For the price, we were able to get a lot of great content,” she said.
Members of the Quest Leadership Community also found an outlet for meeting and learning from each other. “The [QLC] breakfast was a great way for the decision makers to network and talk shop about upgrades, etc.,” said Barton. “Being able to connect with peers and learn how they are solving common challenges among any ERP shop is more than valuable.”
Quest would also like to extend a warm welcome to new member B/E Aerospace, who decided to join onsite.
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The exhibitors are also still available for you to contact via our site, so be sure to reach out to those that you perhaps didn’t have time to at the conference.
Finally, we have several popular topics and content being delivered via online series coming up this fall. Quest members can attend those for free and non-member rates will vary, but are still very reasonable. You can check into these offerings via the Events tab above under Online Learning. Series coming up this fall include: August – HCM, September - Financials, October – Upgrades, November – Year End, December – Mobile Technologies.
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