I’m attending Insights this year as a 1st timer as well as a relative Epicor/Kinetics “newbie”; we’ve been on the system for about 18 months. I’m responsible for pretty much knowing how everything is supposed to function across all departments, as well as directly responsible for accounting and purchasing – we’re a very small company of course.
Looking at the agenda, there are so many sessions available and I think I’ve hit sensory overload in trying to determine where to focus (since I need to know it all ). I’m looking for input, suggestions, what not to do, and whether I should plan to attend Sunday & Monday. Any and all help is appreciated. I really want to make the most of our investment in Epicor and the trip to Insights.
Your questions can have 1000 answers, and there are many discussions about “first time at Insights” here on the site - you should search for them.
I’ve been going for 10 years now and there is something new each year. I’m the DBA, Epicor guy, IT Manager and I need to know how all the departments work - so I feel your confusion. What I’ve found is that when i really think about it, there are 1 or 2 or 3 things that are my biggest problems - and I focus on those. Pick the sessions that apply to those things and make sure you talk to the Epicor folks at the relevant booth in the Vendor Hall.
Vendor Hall - Epicor has a booth for most of the products and modules they have - usually you can get some great info and contact names from talking to them there. Also - Epicor is known for how accessible and helpful the team is - going to Insights would be worthless in my opinion if it weren’t for the fact that Epicor Employees are there - and friendly, fun, and helpful!.
Find the sessions you need, fill the rest of the time with interesting or secondary needs. Take a few Extended education sessions - especially Kinetic Studio if you do any customizations (and can still get a seat). The Ext Ed sessions are basic in nature, and more like how-to walkthroughs, but there are Epicor resources there to answer tougher or specialized questions. I find them very useful when learning a new module or tool.
Don’t get overwhelmed, skip a session, take a break, what ever you need. It’s a LONG couple of days.
And of course - talk to everyone!!! Networking is easily the biggest benefit to attending.
Hope that helps, and maybe I’ll see you there!
@MikeGross is spot on! Insights can and will be overwhelming. There is simply not enough time to cover it all for one person. I remember my first Insights and I came back exhausted but excited at all the new things I learned. Networking IS the biggest takeaway! Get to know people and don’t be shy! Make sure you stop by the EUG booth to see if there is a Regional Group near you. Hope to see you there!
One piece of advice would be to break the sessions down by time slot. If you just look at the 10-11 slot, there is usually going to be one or two things that you want to see. If you just pick things that way, it’s a lot less daunting. If you end up with a double booking, many times there are duplicate offerings and it notes that in the description. I used to look at everything and got overwhelmed. Not I just grab the brochure, and look at the next time slot and pick one. They seem to intentionally spread things out so that each area/role has only one or maybe two things per time slot.
Forgot to add, if this is the first time in the Gaylord. You will be lost. It takes til about your 3rd conference before you can find anything… (It’s a great hotel, I love it, but it’s a bit of a maze)