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?
A:
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?
A:
  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?
A: 
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.

The Top 3 Reasons why Trade Shows are Important to Attend

3-benefits-of-trade-shows (1)Trade shows are extremely important events to attend whether you are there as an exhibitioner or attendee. These conventions provide you with opportunities to grow, expose yourself, or even cement your position in an industry. Below you will find the top three reasons why you should definitely be at every trade show possible this year.

Branding and Networking Opportunities
There are many advantages to attending a trade show but by far the top advantage comes from the many branding and networking opportunities you are given. By just being on-site, you are able to increase awareness about you business and make yourself known.

Another major advantage to attending a trade show is having the chance to meet like-minded individuals. These individuals can come in the form of current customers and meeting with them for the first time, potential new customers, and suppliers that are interested in your product. Finally, there is huge press exposure that comes along with trade shows, that, if done right, can have a major positive impact on the company.

Assessment of Environment
The second reason why trade shows are important for your company is the opportunity they give you to assess the climate of your industry. This way you are able to know your options as either a supplier or reseller, you are able to get the best deal on whatever it is you may be looking for – as competition is a lot higher in trade show environments – and it simplifies the search in terms of needs fulfillment.

Positive Sales Environment
Lastly, trade shows are an instrument in creating a positive sales experience for both the exhibitor and attendee. The exhibitor is there in the hopes of creating a meaningful connection with the aim of positively selling whatever brand they are representing. This face-to-face interaction helps the exhibitor better gauge how their audience is reacting, allowing for the creation of better sales tactics. This is extremely helpful since those in attendance are currently in the “active search” mode, which means they are far more interested now than they will ever be again. As for the attendee, they avoid the trap that is direct sales, as the act of face-to-face selling is met with far less apprehension than other forms such as sales calls.

Exhibiting, or even just being an attendee, at a trade show is a fairly simple way to grow and improve your business. The three aforementioned benefits to trade shows should be utilized properly in order to reap maximum payoff.

Bicom at ITEXPO

itexpoBicom Systems had a great few days at ITEXPO in Ft Lauderdale last week. We met long-term partners, made new connections, had fun, and talked business. We’re already looking forward to ITEXPO 2018 next year.

In addition to our booth and private room, two of our partners hosted booths with gloCOM on display. It was fun to walk around and see the familiar images and faces.

Are you wishing you hadn’t missed ITEXPO? Join us at Channel Partners in less than two months!

Channel Partners will be held in las Vegas from April 10 to 13th. Contact us to learn more and get a pass today!

If you cannot make it to Las Vegas, we will be attending several other conferences in 2017 including:

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2017 Telecom Conferences

ASTRICON 2017Bicom Systems is having a blast at ITEXPO 2017 in Ft Lauderdale today.

We wish you were here!

If you missed ITEXPO, don’t worry – there are still several other telecom conferences coming up in 2017.

Bicom Systems will be attending each of the following this year:

AstriCon 2017
Orlando, October 3-5
Channel Partners 2017
Las Vegas, April 10-13
Wispapalooza 2017
Las Vegas, October 9-12
Telecom Exchange NYC 2017
June 20-21
Telecom Exchange LA 2017
Postponed

Which one will we see you at?

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Happy Holidays & 2017

Bicom Systems would like to thank you for your business in 2016 and wish you the best for this holiday season and a successful 2017!

Looking towards the new year, we at Bicom Systems are very excited about some new projects and plans. We will be attending several conferences and expos in 2017, including:

ITEXPO in Fort Lauderdale
February 8-10, 2017
Channel Partners in Las Vegas
April 10-13, 2017
Telecom Exchange in NYC
June 20-21, 2017
Wispapalooza in Las Vegas
October 9-12, 2017
AstriCON
Orlando, October 3-5
Telecom Exchange in LA
November

Which one will we see you at?

Many warm wishes this holiday season!

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