The purpose of Connect is to give the Onspring community—my colleagues, our clients and hopeful prospects—a place to meet, talk and learn about the new functionalities that Onspring has as well as the enhancements we’re planning. When we first conceived the conference, we wanted Connect to be a free-thinking gathering that wouldn’t just enhance our clients’ experience, but also raise up our involvement and understanding with them.
Over the years, I’ve enjoyed the pleasure of travelling to various events, trade shows and user group conferences. The more I met and interacted with others, the more I observed that my clients—and prospective clients—are looking for the same connection with like-minded individuals who share the same passion and interests. It’s the same reason we’re often asked to provide references, and whether we know it or not, we’re thinking, “I’d like to speak with someone who is like me and is solving a similar challenge to the one I’m dealing with.”
There are a lot of advantages to opening up your data—within reason. Team members who are both a key holder and a person trying to access sequestered data can find it to be a tricky proposition as to when to be an open model and when to remain closed.
There’s power and value in community. Forming connections with other people may not give you an immediate, tangible benefit, but eventually, those relationships will pay off. Not financially, but in goodwill. When we reach out, share our knowledge and help other people become better/smarter/faster at what they do, that goodwill somehow comes back to us, often when we need it most.
It was great visiting with our clients and partners and learning all about the ways in which they are using Onspring solutions (and creating their own!) to accomplish incredible things. From traditional GRC to even a full-on Freight Management solution, I can safely say that our clients continue to push the creativity envelope, and we love them for it.
Big things are happening in the heart of the country. No…not another World Series run. And not a BBQ, craft beer or jazz festival, either. We’re talking about Onspring Connect (July 10–13), the first of many user conferences for the Onspring community. (Craft beer included!)