One thing I miss about the pre-Covid world is attending conferences. I miss presenting and attending sessions, the informal gatherings, the hall conversations, meeting customers and partners at the demo pod, and of course the food. Our in-person conferences have been replaced by virtual conferences and while different, they have their benefits. They offer live sessions, on-demand recorded sessions, online chat, and meeting rooms, and the biggest benefit is the cost. Sending a large team to a conference was out of the question for most organizations, but conferences like Reconnect offer corporate rates, so a one-time registration fee covers as many attendees as you want. Specialists can register and attend one or two sessions without worrying about the cost/value equation.
In the past, the PeopleTools team would attend many different conferences and repeat sessions over and over, knowing that each conference was attended by a different user community. It’s just not that way anymore. In the virtual conference reality, cost and travel barriers are removed and anyone can attend live, or watch recordings. As a result, we’ve changed the way we approach and think about conferences and think you should too.
Our primary focus is to provide content for Oracle PeopleSoft Reconnect events. The next one of these is Reconnect Envision, scheduled to take place from April 26th-29th. It is a virtual event covering PeopleSoft applications and technology and we are putting in overtime to make sure there is as much valuable content as possible. We are excited to announce and show lots of new capabilities in the latest PeopleTools release as well as the latest in PeopleSoft Cloud Manager. Don't miss it! A second conference, Reconnect Deep Dive will be held October 4th – 7th. We’ll talk more about that after Reconnect Envision. With the focus shifting to Reconnect, we will not be presenting sessions at Alliance in March.
Additionally, everyone should be aware of what is available from our partners. Several partners, JSMPros, psadmin.io, SpearMC, Appsian, Astute, Version1, and others have conferences, summits, webinars, and training, that provide great content, sometimes at a cost and sometimes, for free. We may or may not participate in these, but we are supportive of them, promote them, and encourage you to explore the value they provide. These events offer a great perspective that you won’t necessarily get from Oracle.
The one thing that I am hopeful for is that we will get back together and meet and interact person to person soon. Until then, now’s the time to get as much out of the virtual world as possible.
See you (virtually) at Reconnect Envision -