I’m presently looking at the stark mountain range west of Las Vegas from the 32nd floor of a hotel. 102 miles to the west is Death Valley one of the most desolate areas of the world. Below me is the Mecca of Sin, as some see it. Others view it as Disneyland for adults.
It’s been about five years since I have been here, and it’s amazing the amount of changes which have occurred. More hotels. More entertainment. More things to do. Yet, what has not changed is the pace of Vegas. The hype. The energy. And there’s been plenty of energy – and learning – at this year’s EFI Connect, which I’ve been fortunate to attend.
The focus of the conference is product centric – similar to HP’s DScoop — but there was plenty of good solid information. More importantly it was the opportunity for management teams to meet and network with others who are living the world of implementing management systems and digital workflow. Talking to someone face-to-face in a collaborative manner is still the best way to communicate and learn.
One of the most interesting points of the past two days, given EFI’s core business in MIS software, was a discussion I had with several folks regarding production standards, BHRs, and sales comp. It seems I was having these same conversations over 30 years ago – and the importance of these issues have not paled. Our tools have become much more sophisticated, and we have a lot more information and data, but the base issues still remain the same. Do we REALLY understand what the data is telling us? And HOW are we going to use it? The more things change ……