Where will you be April 26th through 28th? Well, hopefully, you’ll be attending this year’s AIIM Conference with Axis Technical Group in the “Big Easy” (New Orleans to the non-Louisianans). Now I’m no rocket scientist, but I think the majority of people wouldn’t mind being in New Orleans at this time. So we’d like to hear from you. What has you most excited for #AIIM16?

Since this is my first AIIM rodeo, I’ll get it started. In the spirit of David Letterman’s Top 10 List, we’ll start at 10… to build up the suspense. You can also visit the AIIM 2016 Website for a plethora of information on speakers, pricing, events, sponsors and much more.

10 – Learn. Share. Teach. Repeat.

Yeah, I know. Spoken like a true nerd. But I’m in the business of combining knowledge with real life experiences and becoming the best person I can be. Learning from your colleagues, peers and coworkers are what makes live events like these so great. Take pride in what info you can and will absorb. Then pay it forward with every person you come in contact with to really get the knowledge flowing.

9 – Relationship Building

Speaking of colleagues and peers, use this time to meet new people, make new connections and start new conversations. In a world where “talking shop” is our business, it’s not only important to get to know people within the industry but on a personal level too. Don’t hesitate to have those sidebar conversations about the person behind the job title. Where are they from? Do they have kids? What do they do in their spare time? Do they like their job? – Always my favorite question.

Get to know those around you. Who knows, you might learn something of richer meaning that will elevate you into achieving your professional goals.

8 – Axis’ Showroom Presence and Solutions

As the newest team member of Axis Technical Group, I am avidly awaiting this event so I can see our team in action. For starters, Mark Warner, SVP of Product Management and R&D, will lead a session on how deciphering unstructured data and complex variables are critical to many organizations who must extract massive amounts of information to address their pain points.

As for the rest of our team – Owner and Founder, Michael Valdes; VP of Sales, Vince Tornillo; and VP of Business Development, Russ Ambrurst – there are no better people to be around than those who have a passion for business solutions, customer service and innovative technology.

If you’re keen to see a solution for unstructured data capture and extraction, stop by Axis Technical booth #16. We’ll be there to answer any questions you may have.

7 – Data Privacy is of Utmost Interest (to us all)

Pardon me while I get a little over-serious. But it’s not until you’ve been a victim of data loss, identity theft or information mismanagement that you appreciate the concept of privacy, whether it be professional or personal in nature. When those keywords arise across the showroom floor, you’ll see this guy’s ear perk – anxious to hear what the industry experts and data pioneers have to say. You may want to as well. It could save you from a lot of frustration and sleepless nights.

6 – Traveling is My Comfort Zone

Don’t we all pretty much operate within our comfort zone? What about those who’s comfort zone is…being outside their comfort zone. Yeah, I’m a rare breed. Put me in a challenging situation where I am vulnerable or called upon suddenly and I will showcase my adeptness to opportunistic feats with humility, straightforwardness and a touch of eloquent humor.

5- New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be in full swing at this year’s AIIM Conference (and that’s not by accident).

What does that mean? For starters, the week will feature musical legends such as Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Snoop Dogg, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Beck, Van Morrison, Nick Jonas, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Ms. Lauryn Hill and a B.B. King Tribute Band…among several dozen more.

Aside from the musical talent, the festival promises to leverage antiquated joy in the form of local crafts, cuisine and culture throughout the entire city. Come and join the par-tay… if you dare!

4 – Getting Paid to Learn!

Does this really need an explanation? I’m savvy to agree with you – no.

3 – The “Big Easy”

Norleans is primarily known for Mardi Gras, French-influenced costumed parades and overzealous public partying. But what about behind the curtain? Despite its chaotically contagious nightlife, it has an amazing live music scene and unique southern cuisine – all of which mirror its multi-cultured renaissance from the likes of France, Africa and America combined. You’ll be tempted to engage in all of the above, but don’t hesitate to take the town before the sun goes down, go to a museum or historical building and try and take in the smells and sights that embody the true nature of the city.

2 – You

Meeting new interesting people has to be one of the coolest feelings. He or she could turn out to be an SME you plan to leverage at your next seminar… or your next big sale… or they said something to you that had a profound effect on you and you don’t even know his or her name. Or better yet, they become a lifelong friend. That’s the beauty – you never know.

AIIM is a great place to meet people from all around the world that could open your eyes to vastly stimulating ideas, new innovative practices or personal cosmic epiphanies. So embrace the mystery and the unknown. You never know which person (or hopefully persons) changes you forever.

1 – DIAPERS

Yes, my son is in diapers, but that’s beside the point. Here we’re talking about:

Demos. Insight. Axis. Products. Experts. Roundtables. Sessions.

It isn’t AIIM without the transparency of information penetrating our very consciousness. During the event you’ll:

  • Hear from President of AIIM, John Mancini; #1 Best Selling Author, Eric Qualman, and Author and Futurist, Jacob Morgan, as they offer compelling keynotes during the event.
  • Meet with experts, engage in roundtable discussions, see hands-on demos and gather industry insight into the application and tools available for Enterprise Content Management.
  • Discuss best practices, witness new products being unveiled and engage in sessions focused on Document Imaging, Content Management, Search, Discovery, Laws and Issues