Sharing His Own Influences for Your SPS In:fluence 2017

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We’re heading back to SPS In:fluence 2017 in May in Minneapolis.

We definitely got a lot out of In:fluence last year, when we launched our integration for EDI with SPS Commerce. We’re returning again this year because we expect to get even more out of the three-day event.

In:fluence is SPS Commerce's digital retail conference running May 1 to 3 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

SO, WHAT’S WORTHWHILE ABOUT SPS IN:FLUENCE?

That’s a great question. Where do I start? There’s all the sessions and content across the whole digital retail ecocsystem; the networking opportunities, with about 1,000 people from more than 175 companies; and the technology, solutions, and platforms available to test drive and check out.

Here’s my take on things not to miss at In:fluence ’17.

ENGAGING SPEAKERS

Last year, the keynote was by business and leadership innovations consultant and author Simon Sinek. He spoke about leadership and how the best leaders are willing to sacrifice their best interests to take care of people. In turn, people stop at nothing then to take care of you. As someone who leads a department at SalesPad, this is a leadership style that I live by. I couldn’t agree more that the best leaders have their interests take a back seat to team’s greater interest.

This year, I’m looking forward to hearing from Col. Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the International Space Station. If you haven’t seen his work while he was on the station, you should. My favorites are “Tears in Space” and his tutorial videos. His creative approach to answering basic questions on what happens while in space is great. Check out his YouTube channel, or even more of his videos at the Canadian Space Agency's YouTube channel.

LEARNING ABOUT CUSTOMER EXPERIENCES

In the retail and tech worlds, omnichannel and fulfillment are all the rage. More than just using those as buzzwords, many of the companies at In:fluence share their approaches how they add value when it comes to omnichannel and fulfillment.

Callaway Golf’s Sage Kuttler is going to tee off on those topics directly. He’s discussing how digital retail is reinventing consumers’ shopping habits. My hope is for solid takeaways that I can help bring back as we grow our product offerings and work through our own strategies.

GOOD FRIENDS AND NETWORKING

The networking opportunities are endless. What makes this conference so good is how many partners we have at the event, including SPS Commerce; fellow co-sponsors Tribridge and FedEx; and others.

We’ll definitely be at Northfest, the main event in terms of evening networking.

We had a great time last year meeting members of the SPS team that we hadn’t met before, playing oversized pool with croquet mallets, and engaging with some very satisfied SPS customers.

Having one-on-one time and seeing people in person means a lot to me. Seeing that many of our relationships are often remote, getting the chance  to put faces with all those voices and emails definitely makes this conference worth it.

LET’S NOT FORGET THE NIGHTLIFE

While I still call it networking, the Minneapolis nightlife is a definite plus. There’s so much to do in the Twin Cities — with St. Paul just across the Mississippi River. The music is plentiful and the bars rock.

If you can't track us down between sessions at the conference, your chances of catching us at Brit's Pub afterwards grabbing a Crabbie’s Ginger Beer are pretty good.

So, please stop by Booth 10 at the Exhibit Hall in Minneapolis Convention Center during the conference and check out how we can help you enhance Microsoft Dynamics GP or integrate QuickBooks Online. Or,  if you'd like, drop me an email ahead of In:fluence to schedule time with us in Minneapolis.

— Tom Rau

Tom Rau is Director of Sales at SalesPad. Follow Tom on Twitter.

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