Phoenix: Outsourcing World Summit – IAOP®

“Though there has been an evolution in the outsourcing industry, one thing hasn’t changed: outsourcing is a winning strategy”, was the message we heard at the IAOP Outsourcing World Summit in Phoenix.  What followed?  “We’re being inundated with a stream of new technologies and innovative approaches from shared-services to cloud sourcing”, we heard, “from insourcing to hybrid sourcing, automation to service integration.  These challenge the very principles on which organizations operate, as well as presenting unparalleled growth opportunities. Traditional outsourcing relationships have developed into strategic partnerships. Collaboration is key”.  The event was a temporary home for three days to a global community of over 800 professionals.  You were rubbing shoulders with CEOs, COOs, CFOs and other members of the corporate ‘C-Suite”; Directors and Managers, Professionals from HR, Finance, Purchasing, Legal, Administration, IT, Facilities,  Manufacturing, Logistics, Service Delivery and related business functions.  Turned out every job was up for outsourcing except the job of the guy you were talking to…  #IAOP

Orlando: ICE USA – International Converting Exhibition

Okay, run that by me again:  it’s the middle of winter and you seriously want to go to a show called ICE USA?  Even if it is in sunny Flah-da?  Oh, I get it, “ICE” stands for International Converting Exhibition… hey, give me a minute to take off my woolly hat and fur-lined mittens here….  So.  Converting, hey?  Orlando was the place where key decision makers from a wide range of companies (and fifty countries) that convert and process flexible, web-based materials came together seeking innovative solutions.   We’re talking predominantly managing directors, plant managers, design and production engineers, technical managers, purchasers, and sales and marketing directors from all key industry sectors.  Exhibitors showcased the machinery and services from key areas and processes of converting.  We’re talking the best-known companies serving the North American converting industry, leading suppliers like Maxcess, BOBST, New Era, Nordson, Enercon, Catbridge, NDC, Parkinson, and INDEV.  So…converted to ICE yet?  #ICEUSA

Las Vegas: ABS Vegas – Capital Markets Conference

The ABS Vegas Capital Markets Conference has two enablers behind it.  SFIG and IMN both said they were “excited” to once again co-host “the largest capital markets conference in the world”, ABS Vegas 2015. The three-and-a-half day program was developed by leaders within the structured finance industry, representing the full spectrum of industry participants including investors, issuers, financial intermediaries, regulators, law firms, accounting offices,  technology firms, rating agencies, servicers and trustees.  Session topics included The Investor and Issuer Fireside Chat: The Impact of Regulation on Issuance Volume and Investor Appetite;  Revitalizing the PLS RMBS Market: 3.0 Overview; Single Family Rental Securitization;  Relative Value in the CLO Market: Investor Perspectives;  Regulation AB II Implementation: Lessons for the CMBS Industry;  and Trend Watch: Innovations in Marketplace Lending.  There were dynamic panel discussions on the most relevant topics and challenges relating to the securitization industry.  Main conclusion?  “It’s only money…”

San Francisco: Photonics West & BiOS – SPIE

SPIE Photonics West & BiOS?  The BiOS part stands for Biomedical Optics Conference, and this was the #1 laser and photonics conference, fielding 20,000 attendees, two exhibitions, 1,250 exhibiting companies, and 4,700 papers.  Course subjects ranged from core fundamentals in optical & optomechanical design and engineering to intermediate and advanced topics across a wide spectrum of optics and photonics technology.  SPIE provides educational resources to introduce the fascinating and rapidly expanding fields of optics and photonics into the classroom.  Attendees could build on research and theory from the technical conferences with application-focused training, and learn from instructors with deep knowledge and real-world experience in their respective fields.  The Hands-On Optics program brought science education enrichment to thousands of underrepresented middle school students in more than ten states, including female and minority students, who typically have not been the beneficiaries of science and engineering resources and investments.  Optics-wise, a new way of — um — looking at things…  #SPIE

San Francisco: NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

The NBAA is the National Business Aviation Association, and their Schedulers’ & Dispatchers’ Conference theme was “Take the Lead.” Keynote speaker Betty Shotton, CEO of LiftOff Leadership, invited delegates to “step up to the launchpad” and prepare to take the lead. Shotten conducted conference participants on a journey into the possibilities and obstacles that face careers in aviation, as individuals and as team members — a change of scenery, new horizons, elevated perspectives for contemplating the roles of character and  choices in career development.   NBAA noted that most organizations using business aircraft are small and mid-size companies, but also include universities, governments and charitable organizations. The show looked at the industry’s record on safety, security and environmental stewardship. It also reported on the thousands of air ambulance and mercy flights flown by business aircraft each year, as well as the hundreds of relief missions flown in response to natural disasters. Okay, everyone check their parachutes and first-aid kits, please…

San Diego: DistribuTECH

The DistribuTECH Power Transmission Conference was electric…  at least it was electricity distribution that occupied most delegates’ attention.  Discussion strands included metering, grid communications, smart grid operation, big data and analytics, distributed energy resources and renewables, substation integration and automation, water utility technology, geospatial and mobile solutions, customer strategies, and defending the grid. Each year, the editors at POWERGRID International magazine (the official publication of DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition) announce  the magazine’s Projects of the Year during the Electric Light  and Power / POWERGRID International Awards Dinner.  DistribuTECH is apparently the largest U.S. event that covers the utility industry from end-to-end, with 10,000 attendees and more than 480 exhibitors. The 2015 show in San Diego turned out
to be the largest ever. Powerful stuff….

Las Vegas: World of Concrete

We love the idea of a “World of Concrete”, the show title conjuring up mental images of whole vast landscapes made from sand and cement, with concrete trees interspersed between the concrete buildings….  But seriously, 674,000+ net square feet of indoor & outdoor exhibit space and over 1,400 exhibitors make WOC a pretty serious affair, the industry’s only annual international event designed specifically for commercial concrete and masonry professionals.  The outdoor exhibit areas alone, including the popular Artistry in Decorative Concrete, make this expo worth the visit.  Targeted areas of the show floor focused on areas of the industry such as the Producer Center, Technology for Construction, WOC General and Material Handling, World of Masonry, Concrete Repair & Demolition, Surfaces & Decorative, WOC General, and Outdoor.  Delegates could see, touch and test the latest products under real-world jobsite conditions.  All in all there were some pretty “concrete advantages” in attending….  #WOC2015