Overview And Agenda

2016 Technology Summit
Dates: August 17-18, 2016
Location: San Francisco, CA

Attendees earn 13 MAS points for the Technology Summit program

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2016 Technology Summit Tentative Agenda (subject to change)


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Registration Open


4:30 – 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

7:30 – 8:30 am

Registration Open


7:30 – 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast


8:30 – 9:30 am

Preparing For The Worst (Security)

  • Promotional products companies care too little about security and provide very limited budgets to address security and disaster recovery.  This session will cover the top security practices that your company can afford to implement along with practical disaster recovery. Disaster recovery is overkill for many businesses but it is still necessary to have some sort of plan. Business continuity is tricky and IT struggles to lead the continuity planning but no one else will.  This session will take you from security to basics of DR and BC planning.


9:35 – 10:35 am

Electronic Standards And How They Will Change The Industry

  • What does the future of electronic communication mean to the promotional products industry and how will we get there? In this session, you will see a clear road map for electronic communication in the industry and leave with a plan to utilize to help your company become significantly more efficient.

Dale Denham
Michael Conway

10:35 – 11:00 am

Networking Break


11:00 – 11:45 am

Big Data – Can We Apply It And How?

  • What exactly is “Big Data” and what distinguishes it from Data Warehousing and other things that have been going on for years? Example use cases relevant to the Promotional Products Industry will be presented along with a survey of some of the products currently available in this space.


11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch w/ Awards Presentation


1:00 – 2:00 pm

Marcom & SEO


2:10 – 3:10 pm

ERPs in Promotional Products Industry: What’s Working Now? 

  • This panel discussion will feature ERP team members from both distributors and suppliers who have implemented a variety of solutions including custom built in-house, open source, commercial, on premises, hosted, cloud-based and industry specific.  Issues such as initial customization and implementation, on-going development, integration and support will be discussed.


Dealing With Risky Legal Issues

  • This session will provide a concise overview of what promotional products companies need to know to successfully navigate the intersection between the law and IT. Topics include the Canada Anti-Spam Law, the importance of document-retention policies, laws regarding Personally Identifiable Information, balancing management needs with employee privacy rights, and unique issues pertaining to Internet sales tax.

Mike Wilkos

3:20 – 5:00 pm

Technology Tips


6:00 – 9:00 pm

Mix & Mingle Dinner

  • The Mix & Mingle Dinner is an optional, unconventional and exciting dining experience featuring great local food and good company, designed to introduce you to people you wouldn’t otherwise have met. Attendees will attend dinner in randomly assigned networking groups of 8-10 people. Don’t forget to bring your business cards. Attendees must cover their own dinner expenses. Restaurant selections will be made with attendee preferences in mind.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

7:30 – 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast


8:30 – 9:30 am

Scrappy Project Management

  • From the minute the project begins, the project begins to change and disasters await.  In this session, we will describe what really happens in the project management world.  More importantly, we’ll provide practical (scrappy) tips on how to thrive by avoiding the predictable pitfalls of nearly every project.


9:40 – 10:55 am

Hands on Promostandards web services – suppliers

  • Live demonstration of building a web service by a supplier using PromoStandards.  Highly interactive session.  At the end of the session, it will be demonstrated how once built for 1 distributor, the supplier is integrated with other distributors.


Hands on Promostandards web services – distributors

  • Live demonstration of building a web service by a distributor using PromoStandards.  Highly interactive session. At the end of the session, it will be demonstrated how once built for 1 supplier, the distributor adds new credentials and is integrated with other suppliers.

Eric Shoneberger

Mike Plourde

10:55 – 11:10 am

Networking Break


11:10 am – 12:10 pm

Integrating With SAGE

  • Learn how to implement real-time data exchange between suppliers and distributors through SAGE.  Suppliers will see how to feed product information, live inventory, and order status to all distributors in the industry to improve efficiencies, reduce customer service calls, and sell more product.  Distributors will learn about how to consume this data using a live datastream to power their websites and other internal applications.

Eric Natinsky

Designing The Redesign Process

  • Redesigning your company website is no easy task. This session will cover tools, processes, and considerations for spearheading a website redesign. We will explore various case studies and learn from challenges, miscalculations, and triumphs.


12:10 pm – 1:10 pm

Networking Lunch


1:10 – 2:10 pm

Moving to 365 – Lessons from the trenches

  • Office 365 is becoming more popular both for the productivity suite as well as email hosting.  Using Microsoft to host your email is becoming more popular as the prices dropped and time is at a premium.  We’ll explore how industry people justified the decision to move to hosted email and what they would do differently. We’ll also learn from those who have made the switch to the full Office 365 suite.



Tactics For Recruiting IT Talent

  • There’s no question that today’s technical professional is in high demand and you need them!  So how do you build your technology dream team in a tight job market?  Learn how technology firms approach this problem.  Hear strategies they use to recruit and retain quality technical talent for the long term.


2:10 – 2:25 pm

Networking Break


2:25 – 3:25 pm

Role Of Mobile In Promotional Products

  • The conventional wisdom is to create a “mobile-friendly” website. But how exactly do promotional products consumers browse and interact on mobile? Does anyone in the industry have a successful app? How should you design for mobile? During this session, our panelists will answer these questions and share success stories, traffic statistics, and predictions about the future of mobile.


3:30 – 4:15 pm

Future Technology View



4:15 – 4:30 pm

Wrap Up




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