Why YOU Should Attend ITEXPO 2019

ITEXPO is returning to Fort Lauderdale at the end of January and is celebrating their 20th anniversary! This 3-day trade show, happening January 30th to February 1st, is something you do not want to miss.

What is ITEXPO?
ITEXPO is a three-day conference where telecom and IT professionals, business owners, developers and other companies in the IT industry come together to network, learn and participate in information sessions. There are countless presentations at all different times of the day that cover topics all related to IT.

As per the ITExpo website, ITEXPO is “Where Doers & Disruptors Find Communications & Technology Solutions”.

This exhibition is the kick-off event for IT Tradeshows in 2019.

Why should I attend?
For starters, we will be there! Bicom Systems will be at Booth #911 and we are also hosting an information session on Thursday, January 31st at 2:15 pm. This 45-minute presentation will be held in CVx Theater.

Stop by our booth to learn more about our company, meet with our account managers or try free demos!

Other reasons to attend:

  • There will be over 250 speakers
  • There are giveaways every day and the grand prize this year is $10,000 CASH
  • Keynote Speakers this year are from big companies like: Google, IBM, Dell, and Uber
  • You can conduct business on the show floor
  • Network opportunities are endless
  • It connects buyers to the right sellers

Still thinking about attending ITEXPO? Bicom Systems is offering you 25% off your ITEXPO Super Passes when you use the promo code BICOM25. Click here to register.

Don’t have FOMO (fear of missing out) and register for ITEXPO today.

See you there!

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Trade Show Tour 2019

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What a year 2018 has been! We had a blast attending all the Trade Shows, Conferences and Webinars this past year. Meeting new customers, interacting with industry leaders and speaking on topics that we are passionate about is what keeps bringing us back.

Next year we will be attending some of our favorite shows that we have been going to for years plus a few new shows! We are excited to see familiar friends and meet new faces.

If you are interested to know where we will be in 2019, keep reading!

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January 30th to February 1st
We are starting the new year off right and heading to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for ITEXPO! You can find Bicom Systems at booth #911.
Register for ITEXPO here and save 25% off your Super Pass with promo code ‘BICOM25′!

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FISPALIVE
February 20th to February 22nd
Shortly after Capacity Caribbean, we are heading to Nashville, Tennessee to attend FISPALIVE. We’ve been to FISPA events in the past and are very excited to have a booth at their event again this year. If you are in the area, come stop by but don’t forget to register here.

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IT Partners 2019
March 13th to March 14th
Two days of intensive business in the community of French Channel IT decision makers?! Sign us up! This is the first time Bicom Systems will be attending a French IT trade show and did we mention it was being held in Paris, France? Register for IT Partners today.

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Enterprise Connect
March 18th to March 21st
Bicom Systems is going to stay connected by going to the Enterprise Connect 2019 trade show in Orlando, Florida. This is another new opportunity for Bicom Systems to connect with buyers and sellers in the telecommunications industry. Advanced rate ends January 11th, 2019, register for Enterprise Connect today!

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WISPAMERICA
March 19th to March 21st
I know what you are thinking. WISPAMERICA is the same time as Enterprise Connect. Not to worry, Bicom Systems has both covered. We will be in Cincinnati, Ohio for WISPAMERICA’s 7th year running. Are you registered for this 3-day event? Do it here.

 

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AstriCon
Bicom Systems has been a part of AstriCon in some way or another every year since it began. The date for this year’s conference has not been released yet, but we will update this post once it is. Check back in the new year for more information on AstriCon or visit their website.

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WISPAPALOOZA
October 7th to October 11th
Another trade show that Bicom Systems is not a rookie at is WISPAPALOOZA! Last year we held our very own user group meeting and it was a huge success. We were nominated for ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ and participated in many informational sessions. We are looking forward to heading back to Las Vegas, Nevada for another round of WISPAPALOOZA. Check back to their website in the new year to register.

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ISP Summit
November 4th to November 6th
Although we have served customers and partners in Canada for years, Bicom Systems recently opened their first Canada office. We are thrilled to attend the 2019 Canadian ISP Summit this coming year in Toronto, Ontario. Visit their website to see registration details once they come available.

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BTA
We recently experienced the BTA’s ‘Capture the Magic’ conference and it was such a success that we are going again! This trade show was a great way to end the year and we are looking forward to attending Capture the Magic 2019 back in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you want to learn more about the BTA events in 2019, check their website.

Do you want Bicom Systems to come to your trade show? Send us an email at marketing@bicomsystems.com. Don’t forget to keep checking back to this post as we update the event details.

See you in the new year!

BTA ‘Capture the Magic’ Conference Recap

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This past week the Business Technology Association (BTA) held the ‘Capture the Magic’ conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a two-day event with many educational sessions, networking opportunities, and informative speakers. Bicom Systems, a member of the BTA, attended this conference as a vendor.

The BTA was founded in 1926 for the purpose of serving office technology dealerships, resellers, manufacturers, distributors and service companies. The main members of the BTA are office technology dealerships. The copier business industry is starting to diminish. The world is going paperless and many new companies are jumping on board with the digital trend. Many speakers stressed how the industry is declining and how they should get into the VoIP and IT service industry. They are similar industries and we thought it would be a good opportunity for Bicom Systems to attend this conference.

So off we sent one of our account managers, Eric Johnson, to Las Vegas and here is what he had to say!

Q: What did Bicom Systems do at the conference?
A: Everyone and everything was in the same room. This was really convenient because you didn’t miss out on anything. I got to participate in all the educational sessions, network, speak to potential customers and listen to all keynote speakers.

Q: Did we have a booth?
A: Yes. We had a table set up and my most common question from the attendees was “what do you do?”

Q: You mentioned earlier that you got to participate in the educational sessions. What was that like?
A: They were great! All the speakers were really interesting and extremely informative. My favorite was Sally Brause, a director of human resources consulting with a company called ‘GreatAmerica Financial Services Corp.’ She spoke about the challenges to change and how businesses and people are reluctant to change. Harry Hecht, a business coach, industry adviser and consultant, also gave a speech which was very engaging. He gave some social media tips and insights on how to engage customers using social media platforms.

Q: What kind of people attend this conference? Companies? Techies?
A: A lot of business owners. Companies in the copier business who sell copy machines, faxes, scanners etc., Email marketing companies and IT organizations. Also, business owners who are looking for more revenue. Persons who are looking to add more to their offering to increase revenue.

Q: What was your main takeaway?
A: That since the world is going paperless that companies in the copier business need to consider other revenue sources. I learned that a lot of people don’t realize the easiest way to add to that revenue stream is to add telephone services. Everyone and business needs/uses a phone. It is an extremely competitive industry and with the right provider, is easy to enter.

Q: If other businesses and customers were to ask if BTA was worth attending, what would your advice be?
A: Yes! It was super beneficial to attend the ‘Capture the Magic’ conference this year. The speakers were great, the educational sessions were really informative and I learned a lot. The way businesses and consumers communicate all connect. VoIP and IT Services all flow into the fax, copier and scanner industry. The network opportunities at this conference were terrific. In my opinion, it was a home run shot.

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If you want to learn more about the ‘Capture the Magic’ conference visit the BTA’s website or send Eric an email at eric@bicomsystems.com.

AstriCon 2018 Recap

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Bicom Systems is in full swing this year for trade shows! We attended WISPAPALOOZA and AstriCon at the same time. How you ask? By dividing our best and brightest and conquering in Las Vegas, Nevada and Orlando, Florida!

If you have not gotten a chance to read our WISPAPALOOZA Recap, click here.

What is AstriCon?
AstriCon is a 3-Day user conference and exhibition that has been continuously running for the past 15 years. The event stimulates networking, education, expands awareness and discusses the future of the communications industry. AstriCon is used as a learning opportunity to hear from developers, customers and integrators. The whole event is dedicated to Asterisk.

Now you are probably asking, well what is Asterisk?
Asterisk is the most widely used Open Source Communications platform in the world! It is an open source framework for building communication applications, so it basically turns your ordinary computer into a communications server (Source: Asterisk). The project started back in 1999 and is now used by businesses, call centers, carriers, government agencies etc. across the globe. It is free and powers IP PBX Systems, VoIP gateways and much more.

The AstriCon Expo Floor gives businesses in the Asterisk community an opportunity to showcase their products and services. So, off to AstriCon we went!

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Q: Has Bicom Systems Attended AstriCon before?
A: Yes! Bicom Systems has been present in one way or another every year since AstriCon has begun.

Q: As a repeating attender, how was this year’s show different from in the past?
A:
This was the first year Sangoma ran the AstriCon event. The ‘curiosity’ types of attendees are slowly fading out because Asterisk is no longer ‘new’ and we are developing a mature crowd of guests. We noticed there were many opportunities to create new curiosity, for example in private conversation Bicom Systems expressed that the show would benefit hugely from a ‘hack-a-thon’.

The location of the show was held in the same place as last year, which may play a factor in number and of conventioneers that attended. With every trade show, there are always room for improvement and we are looking forward to seeing what Sangoma does next year!

Q: What did Bicom Systems do at AstriCon?
A: This year we were a Gold Sponsor for the event and an exhibitor. We had our own booth and showcased our new features and latest products. The attendees had a chance to meet our team and learn more about us as a company and the industry. As a guest, Bicom Systems had the ability to listen in on presentations, meet potential customers and network with other businesses in the communications industry.

Q: Did Bicom Systems have a key note slot this year?
A: No. Unfortunately, we did not reserve a key note slot for this year’s trade show. We anticipate making more contributions next year with our new products and services offered with our SERVERware.

45341035352_df0597df09_hQ: What kinds of companies attend AstriCon?
A: In the beginning, AstriCon attendees were primarily technicians. We then seen an increasing number of business owners beginning to attend. In the past years there has been a decline in business owners as mentioned before the event attracts a mature crowd and primarily the ‘same’ people.

Q: What is the best thing you get out of AstriCon every year?
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It is always interesting to speak with other businesses and learn new ways they are using Asterisks. The information sessions are always useful. This year Simon Woodhead, from Simwood, spoke on security and ‘Why We Must Prioritize Privacy’. The session was very informative, educational and hilarious. Also, the familiar smiley faces are always a plus!

Q: What was your main takeaway?
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  This year the event was smaller than in the past. It was intimate, but we realized we enjoyed when everyone was new and unfamiliar vs veterans and mature with the topics. Technology is changing and becoming more challenging, it would have been great to see those changes at AstriCon this year.

Q: What would you like to see differently next year?
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A bigger event in a new location. Different and more presentations. New topics like ‘How to Increase Communication Sales’ or other suggestions from the Asterisk community.  This was their first year running the event and they have not had a chance to reflect. They still have a chance to improve it and we are looking forward to seeing their new ideas for AstriCon 2019!

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We would love to hear your thoughts from AstriCon! Leave a comment below and tell us what you thought about the conference. Feel free to contact us with suggestions for AstriCon.  We have the resources to research and deliver.

If you did not attend AstriCon or any trade show this year, read this previous blog post on ‘Why Trade Shows are Important to Attend’.

If you want to learn more about AstriCon User Conference, check out their website here.

WISPAPALOOZA 2018 RECAP

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Bicom Systems had another successful year at WISPAPALOOZA! This was our second year entering the trade show as a Platinum Sponsor and we are looking forward to WISPAMERICA 2019!

If you were at WISPAPALOOZA this year, did you see our new booth? Or get a chance to attend our User Group Meeting? If not, check out this previous blog post on ‘Why Trade Shows are Important to Attend’.

To start, what is WISPAPALOOZA?
WISPAPALOOZA, also known as WISPA, is a 5-day event that brings together the WISP (Wireless Internet Service Providers) world. Industry experts, leading suppliers and customers like you come together to network, learn, engage in demos and become inspired. This year it was hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada and had over 160 Exhibitors showcasing their products and services.

Team members from our global company came to WISPAPALOOZA from all over. Let’s hear their story!

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Q: Was this the first time Bicom Systems attended WISPAPALOOZA?
A:
No. This was our third WISPA event and second time attending WISPAPALOOZA. WISPA also hosts a tradeshow called ‘WISPAMERICA’ that we also attended this year.

Q: Was this the first time being a Platinum Sponsor?
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No. We were also a Platinum Sponsor last year.

Q: What did Bicom Systems do at WISPAPALOOZA?
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This year was a little different for us because we hosted our first ‘User Group Meeting’. We held this on Monday, before the show officially started and had three guest speakers.

Our guests covered topics such as; marketing, user experience, regulatory and compliance and it made our session more appreciated. The speakers generated a lot of conversation and interest from the attendees. The audience became very excited to upgrade to our latest versions once they saw what they were missing.

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Q: Are there any awards or prizes given out?
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Yes. There are 8 categories for awards. Bicom Systems was nominated for “Manufacturer of the Year”. Although we did not win, the WISPA board of directors spoke highly of our impact on the organization.

Q: Did you participate in any information sessions?
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Yes! There were many information sessions going on during the 5-day trade show. Information sessions are used to share expertise, network and learn more about the topic.

Saulio Reyes (Account Manager) from our team, alongside companies such as Amarillo Wireless, Powercode and Network Business Systems,  participated in an information session called ‘Scaling WISP from 0-1500’. It focused on how to scale up business operations and the best practices to do so.

Kevin Langford (Account Manager) also from Bicom Systems, spoke at ‘Starting a WISP 101’. There were 7 other speakers for this session and they analyzed the many considerations that are involved when getting a WISP started. Kevin focused his presentation mainly on not just selling internet and guided the audience into VoIP.

Finally, Kevin (Account Manager) also spoke at ‘WISP’s in the Clouds/UCaas and ‘How WISPs Can Capitalize’. These information sessions reminded customers that they are running a business first and a network second. They were extremely educational and discussed the opportunities companies have to grow their customer base.

Q: When you sponsor WISPA, you receive a keynote speaking slot. How did that go?
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That is right. When you sponsor WISPAPALOOZA as a Diamond or Platinum sponsor you are given a Vendor Spotlight. On behalf of Bicom Systems, Account Manager Kevin Langford, presented a 1-hour product description Q&A information session. The presentation dissected each product and their many editions. It gave the audience a chance to learn in depth about our current and future products, their newer updates and much more. It was so engaging that everyone who attended the keynote, stopped into our booth afterward to learn more!

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Q: Aside from businesses, who attends WISPAPALOOZA?
A: (Kevin Langford):
 In my experience, you have 4 types of people who attend trade shows like WISPAPALOOZA.
1) Curious customers who are interested in learning about the industry
2) Consumers who want to start a WISP
3) Businesses who are a WISP/ISP
4) ‘Techie’s’ (Tech-i-es: ‘a person who is very knowledgeable or enthusiastic about technology and especially high technology’) – Merriam-Webster

Q: If other businesses and customers were to ask if WISPAPALOOZA was worth attending, what would your advice be?
A: (Kevin Langford):
 Have a game plan. You cannot be in two places at one time and although the committee tries not to schedule two popular information sessions at the same time, it happens. Research the vendors who are going to be there. Plan your days. Make a schedule.

Thanks for reading and we will see you at the next trade show!

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If you are still considering attending WISPAPALOOZA as a vendor, check out this blog post by Minim. The company’s CEO seamlessly breaks down the event and all the dos/don’ts all from a newbies perspective.

If you are interested in learning more about Bicom Systems visit our website here.