At the time of writing, I’m one of the few conference delegates remaining at the Rosen Single Creek, Orlando, Florida – the venue for Qlik’s Wordwide User Conference, Qonnections 2018. Since the place is so quiet without everyone, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on the events of the last few days. This is particularly true, since my ‘Buddy’ (more on that later) has also left the building.
Despite my long career in software engineering and business intelligence, I’m limited in my ability to draw direct comparisons to other conferences of this scale. However, what I can say, is that Qonnections is exactly the kind of user conference that I’d want it to be. It’s the main reason that, as soon as I return to the UK on Monday, I’ll be starting to prepare the ground so that I can attend Qonnections 2019 – which will be held in Dallas, Texas.
Several of my fellow delegates, including other members of the Qlik Luminary community, have already written summaries of the event, covering much of the content and giving their views on the takeaways – keep reading these as they appear, as you’ll gain valuable insight on what you may have missed!
However, I thought I’d take a slightly different stance. So as an alternative view, from a customer perspective, over the next few posts, I describe why I feel so passionately about Qonnections, and I share my top tips so that you can make the most of next year’s event – on the assumption that my ringing endorsement is enough to make you quickly reach for your calendar and favourite travel web-site. By the way, I’ve checked, and there are no direct flights from Scotland!
From start to finish, the event is slickly-run. This is due both to Qlik’s organisation and the efficiency of the event staff at the venue. Before you know where you are, you are marching swiftly from room to room like a local – which is just as well, since the breakout session agenda is crammed full to bursting with interesting presentations. As a result, the Tuesday and Wednesday rush by in a blur, even if both are punctuated with memorable evening events!
In my next post, I’ll cover both the delegates and the event programme in more detail.
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