That’s a wrap on Enterprise Connect 2022! If you are following us on social media, you saw that our team flew to Orlando, FL, to attend the four-day event this past March. After nearly three years, we were excited (and nervous) to participate in a trade show at such capacity as EC.
If you are unfamiliar with Enterprise Connect, it is a tech trade show that brings together IT professionals and vendors from across the globe to discuss the latest enterprise technologies. It was our second time attending the show, and although there were apparent differences from 2019, our team enjoyed their time.
In this blog post, we plan to answer these three burning questions:
- Are in-person trade shows still relevant?
- How was the first-ever Bicom Systems Awards?
- What was the overall experience?
ARE IN-PERSON TRADE SHOWS STILL RELEVANT?
This question came up a few times before, during, and after our time at Enterprise Connect. Yes – in-person trade shows are still relevant! Speaking to leads, partners, and people in the industry is different in-person vs. virtually. You can create more personable connections at live events and showcase your personality. A good rule of thumb to follow is people first, product second.
The WFH tools we use daily are great for continuing relationships with people we already know. However, attending an in-person trade show gets you out from behind the screen and a chance to network and socialize. It almost feels like an escape — a breath of fresh air to see body language, facial expressions, and mannerisms in real-time.
HOW WAS THE FIRST-EVER BICOM SYSTEMS AWARDS?
This year at Enterprise Connect, we held our first ever Bicom Systems Awards! Three awards were honored to partners in their respective categories, and each category was in collaboration with a hardware manufacturer.
𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐫
𝑖𝑛 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑛𝑒𝑟 Telnyx
Awarded to Craig Allan from Mountain West Telecom for his highly innovative systems in the hospitality industry in Las Vegas and his great collaboration during our Beta Testing Phases. Mountain West Telecom has been in the industry for over 70 years! In fact, they were the first company to install one of Utah’s first business telephone systems. They joined the Bicom Systems family a few years ago, and Craig‘s relationship with David Esarey, Account Manager at Bicom Systems, is unmatched. During our time together in Orlando, Craig even said he felt like a part of the team.
Thank you, Craig, for being our most collaborative and innovative partner in 2021!
𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐠𝐥𝐨𝐂𝐎𝐌 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐫
𝑖𝑛 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑛𝑒𝑟 Plenom – Busylight
Awarded to Ross DeBernardis from IPFone for their crucial part in reaching 100K gloCOM subscriptions. This year, IPFone is celebrating 25 years in the industry, and we are proud to be in a partnership with them for the past decade! Although IPFone has been a partner for a long time, they have grown substantially in the past two years. Infact , they are a Master Partner in our Partners Program. We are honored to present IPFone with the Best gloCOM Partner award for almost doubling their business.
We paired one of our oldest partners with one of our newest. The kuando Busylight is a real-time presence light that visually displays your status in the workspace. The device integrates seamlessly with Bicom Systems’ gloCOM to sync your presence status.
𝐁𝐢𝐜𝐨𝐦 𝐒𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐬 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫
𝑖𝑛 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑛𝑒𝑟 Poly
Awarded to José Luis Pérez from LCRcom for their global expansion in the Spain and Portugal markets. With over twenty years of experience in the industry, LCR has over 600 distributors throughout Spain. They have been a partner of Bicom Systems since 2014 and made a massive purchase of extensions that resulted in significant growth for their company within the last year.
Congratulations on your success and winning the Bicom Systems Partner of the Year award, LCRcom!
Poly is one of the leading hardware manufacturers solving the dilemma of working from anywhere. Their headsets are one of a kind and integrate beautifully with our VoIP services. Poly has been a trusted partner of Bicom Systems for many years, and we are proud to award their gear to our partner of the year!
Shoutout to these three excellent partners and all their accomplishments this past year! They are living proof that we mean what we always say at Bicom Systems – your success is our success.
WHAT WAS YOUR OVERALL EXPERIENCE?
Last but not least, we answer the question, what was the Bicom Systems team’s overall experience at Enterprise Connect?
There is no denying that our team had uncertainty and doubts in the pre-planning phase. We had questions like: Are we being too bold to do this? Should we be traveling so soon? But on the other hand, those uncertainties were mixed with excitement! The world is finally moving forward, and we will be meeting our long-term partners, coworkers, and new people. Overall, our time at Enterprise Connect was great! Both the in-person and virtual booths had many meetings and considerable traffic. We are eager to begin the next steps with the leads we met and the connections we made.
What trade show are we attending next? In November, we are headed to CVx 2022 in Scottsdale, Arizona!