When I think about what’s the most important aspect of Enterprise Connect Orlando, my natural answer is to say, “Everything.” The show floor has to be big, busy, and brimming with new technology. The keynotes have to be impactful. The parties and other networking functions have to be welcoming and fun, yet professional, someplace you can truly enjoy getting to know your peers.
But if there’s a first among equals when it comes to event priorities, I’d have to say it’s the Conference program, the heart of which are our 60+ breakout sessions. That’s the element our audience consistently tells us is the most significant thing they take into account when deciding whether to attend. It’s where we can showcase the dozens of industry experts who we’re fortunate to work with in sharing their knowledge; and it’s why so many enterprise communications decision-makers decide to come join us at the Gaylord Palms in March.
I’m excited to have the first batch of our Conference sessions posted for Enterprise Connect Orlando 2019. We’ll be adding to the list on an almost daily basis for the next few weeks, and we’ll be announcing the exact schedule of the sessions during that same time period. For now I want to highlight just a few of our already-announced sessions and talk about why we think they represent important trends you need to dive into:
- Microsoft vs. Cisco—This session, a detailed side-by-side look at the two main strategic UC vendors, will return again this year. This is always the most popular breakout session at the event, and it’ll be as practical and in-depth as always. Phil Edholm and Brent Kelly, our go-to experts for this perennial competitive analysis, are already hard at work researching the major directions, product roadmaps, and other critical factors you’ll need to consider if your enterprise communications team faces a strategic Microsoft vs. Cisco decision.
- Cloud Migration—Ace consultant Melissa Swartz has spent a good portion of her time this year helping enterprises successfully transition from premises systems to Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) deployments and realize their hoped-for gains. She’s going to share insights from her experiences, and provide lots of details in a conference session called “Staying Clear of Cloud Migration Land Mines.” As the cloud migration gets real for many enterprises, this is the kind of nuts-and-bolts session that we think is critical to help enterprises that are poised to make the move—or already have begun.
- Huddle Rooms—Huddle rooms are a hot topic, and Ira Weinstein of Recon Research, the leading video/AV analyst, will help attendees understand this burgeoning area of interest. Ira will once again chair our Video Collaboration & AV track, and we’ll be announcing the full range of sessions in the increasingly important (and increasingly mainstream) area of enterprise video. (And for details on just how mainstream video is going, check out this No Jitter slideshow, displaying the results of our recent audience survey on video.)
These few items just scratch the surface. We’ll also have our biggest Contact Center & Customer Experience track ever; we’ll be attacking Team Collaboration from multiple angles; and our special Monday Conference-within-a-Conference on strategic technologies will return. This year it’s called Communications & Collaboration 2022, because we’re totally creative about naming things.
As I said, we only just launched the program, and we’ll be adding regularly to the sessions already posted. I hope you’ll check it out, and if you see enough sessions that look worthwhile, go ahead and register—the best discounts are available early in the cycle.
Our whole team is heads-down already, working hard to produce an Enterprise Connect Orlando 2019 that’ll be memorable and useful for everyone who attends. I hope we’ll see you there.