Jim CooganSiemens Building Technologies In labs that use hoods to protect workers, those devices drive discussion of safe work practices, safe facilities, energy use and sustainability. Effective application of hoods depends on contributions from many organizations and disciplines. At the beginning levels, the efforts are focused on safe use and verifying effectiveness.
Technology geek, technophobe or somewhere in between? The most effective and valuable meeting professionals are squarely in the middle. Rarely do they align their meeting technology decisions with the conference strategy.
On the other hand, meetings technophobes resist change. They defer their decisions to the IT department which usually lacks understanding or knowledge of the conference strategy.
Doing so will increase your value to your client or employer too. Here are five tips to get you started. Understand Switching Costs This is the most overlooked area in event technology decisions. Implementing new technology can have huge labor costs including training, configuration, system integration, adoption and data imports.
Attendees want ease of use, usefulness and pre-populated data fields after an initial purchase or relationship. Use Caution When Considering Swiss-Army Knives Tech vendors that claim that they can do registration, speaker management and exhibits scare the heck out of me.
Equally, vendors who claim they can be your solution for small and large events, are usually steering you wrong. System integration should always take a back seat to attendee experience.
Event tech companies worth their salt should be able to help you create and adopt new workflows that leverage the configurability not customization of their system. Lean on them heavily to guide you on this. Also, guard against process improvement initiatives that delegate your work to your stakeholders.
Inspect and Test Technology can look and work differently in various browsers and devices. Before selecting a vendor or deploying a technology live, your organization should test the heck out of it.
Conduct usability testing on Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. Ensure the experience is optimized for the iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows tablet and phones. Switch phone or tablet settings to airplane mode to test attendee mobile apps. Solutions that leverage technologies like Flash or lack responsive design will be more apparent on mobile device operating systems.
Becoming More Tech Savvy Getting savvy with tech is more about aligning with and accelerating desired business results. Just think more about benefits over features.
What tech areas do meeting professionals need to increase their competency? What happens when a meeting professional becomes enamored with every shiny tech object?
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