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Industry Soapbox: Embrace IT Convergence for Industry’s Sake!

We asked longtime attendees of NSCA’s Business and Leadership Conference what they would tell colleagues at the show if they got the microphone and a soapbox.

NSCA will bring its Business and Leadership Conference to Tampa, Fla., for the 17th edition of one of the systems integration industry’s most highly regarded gatherings.

The event boasted its highest attendance last year with more than 300 people heading to Dallas for three days of business advice, frank discussions and sharing of information that’s unique to this show, and organizers expect a similar crowd to gather in Florida from Feb. 26-28.

We asked some people who have been to the BLC in the past and will be there for this year’s edition what they’d tell the audience if they got five minutes, an open mic and a soapbox. The results were fun, interesting and instructive. Enjoy!

Michael Shinn, Operations Manager of Systems Integration at IMS Technology Services says…

“IT convergence is to be embraced, not something to be feared. In order for our organizations to survive, we need to adopt industry standard practices that are common in the information technology industries.

“Adoption of standards would allow our organizations to grow more easily instead of there being a struggle to find and retain talented people. NSCA members should realize that what differentiates our industry is the knowledge and professional services that each of our organizations brings to the marketplace.

“No one is making money on just equipment sales anymore. The sooner we embrace these ideas, the better.”

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