VAI Executive Summit 2015- The Future Of Technology Begins With Growth.

Luscious green grass, the clinking of wine glasses and chatty crowds are just some of the sights and sounds you would have seen and heard during VAI’S 2015 Executive Summit.

Day one of our Summit kicked off with a trip to the Long Island Vineyards, where guests enjoyed fine wines while taking in the sights, and our golf enthusiasts hit the green to test their swings in a game of scramble. The fun-filled day was capped with a VAI Customer Appreciation Dinner, where guests enjoyed a tasty buffet, enticing raffles and well-earned prizes.

Day two began with a welcome presentation by VAI’s CEO, Bob Vormittag, who discussed the Top 5 ERP Trends in 2015-2016, including today’s hottest and most in-demand technology, such as: Mobile, Cloud Computing, Role-based Computing and Business Analytics.

Vice President of Sales, Joe Scioscia, followed with a discussion on how technology can help companies maximize inventory values and increase profits by utilizing tools like Business Intelligence, Mobile and the Web. VAI’s Mobile Expert, Das Debajyoti, delivered a Mobile session, providing a look at VAI’s Mobile Suite of Apps, and how they can be used for anytime, anywhere access. Members of our analytics team, William Szybillo and Biplop J Paul, impressed the audience with a look at S2K Analytics Version 5.5.3, powered by IBM Cognos software. CIO, Kevin Beasley, provided an overview of the benefits of having a technology infrastructure in the cloud, while members of our web team, Todd Endsley and John Albertelli, reviewed the dynamics of S2K Portal and demonstrated how this impressive solution can help customers increase ROI.

We challenged our attendees to ask themselves, “How can I leverage the Web to grow my business?” Bob Lamoreaux, President of Waytek, Inc., shared impressive stats, explaining that 95 % of Waytek’s business growth comes from the Web. Waytek implemented S2K Enterprise Portal four years ago, and since then, Waytek has experienced double-digit growth every year. With the implementation of S2K Portal, Waytek has been adding approximately 1,200 customers annually – a very impressive accomplishment.

IBM, Storyteller and Enthusiast, Louis Richardson, concluded the Customer-focused sessions by asking the audience a simple question, “What do people want from you?” Richardson then described the 4 c’s of business; care, connect, create and choice, joining the concept of social collaboration with the IBM social tools that can help deliver real business results.

After a day of packed sessions, VAI representatives and attendees networked in the User Council Roundtable assembly, and Vendor Solution Center.

We would like to extend special thanks to the VAI 2015 Executive Summit Sponsor, IBM, and also our technology partners for sponsoring our golf outing, wine tours, and the Customer Appreciation Dinner.

As the future of technology begins to grow, VAI will continue to grow with it.  We are always providing our customers with the best ways to improve ROI, while utilizing the ever changing wave of technology.

If you missed the 2015 VAI Executive Summit and were not able to join the excitement, mark your calendar for the 2016 VAI User Conference. We are looking forward to hosting our Event at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New Orleans, October 27-29! See you there!

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Jessica Vollaro, VAI Marketing Manager 

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