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Published: July 12, 2018 – Author: Kent Andrews

Regardless of your specific objective, it’s important to make the most out of this unique opportunity.

Millions of companies around the world are turning to Intelligent Process Automation (IPA) to streamline their business processes, reduce operating expenses, improve product quality, and optimize finance and accounting services.

Businesses hoping to dip their toe into the IPA realm will oftentimes attend a conference to investigate the technology, training, and advisory (consulting) opportunities available.

Here are a few ways you can maximize your conference experience.

Do Your Homework

Research the technology, training, and advising companies that will be attending the conference. Read the company bios on the Conference website. Visit their websites ahead of time to see if they offer the specific types of services or technology that your company needs. Read reviews from people who have partnered with these companies – or used the technology you’re hoping to implement.

Establish Criteria

Before attending the conference, establish criteria ahead of time of exactly what it is you’re looking for in technology, a training partner, or a company that offers advisory services. Have a list of questions ready for all of the companies you intend to connect with.

Network, Network, Network

Networking is a great way for you to connect with others in your industry space that may be at a similar juncture you are—or, perhaps they have already implemented IPA. Use them as a resource—pick their brains about vendors they’ve worked with and experiences they’ve had. You can learn from both their successes and failures.

Attend Workshops

Read up on the workshops that are being offered so that you attend ones that are going to be most meaningful for you. Sign up ahead of time—if necessary—so that you are guaranteed a spot. Ask questions. Take notes. Attend as many as you can.

Visit the Exhibition Hall

Naturally, you’ll want to stroll through the Exhibition Hall to see all of the vendors. But perhaps one of the best ways to get the most out of your conference experience is to make an appointment with vendors you are most interested in connecting with. Not only does this guarantee that you get one-on-one time, it gives you an opportunity to ask questions, get to know the vendor better, and potentially take advantage of any special conference discounts/drawings they may be offering.