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TEMIA September 2017 San Francisco Meeting

The Technology Expense Management Industry Association TEMIA, recently hosted a successful meeting featuring CEOs, presidents and thought leaders.

The gathering of members and guests had many highlights with interesting speakers, inspirational new awards, a new industry standard for inventory, round table discussions, opportunities for networking and development of new business partnerships, review of TEMIA’s business plan, finances and ethics code.

TEMIA attracted a diverse range of industry insiders and outsiders to its San Francisco meeting to address the theme of “Where Is the Industry Headed?”

 Charlie Yielding, CEO of G Squared Wireless and TEMIA At-Large Board member said, “The presentations were a good combination of industry insiders and guest speakers. It was good to see how private equity firms look at the industry, and Alex Mordach’s presentation on IOT-as-a-Service showed everyone in attendance what the future of IOT could look like. I personally learned more than ever, and came away from the TEMIA meeting with a refreshed perspective of our industry.

Jill Plouffe, President from 4 Telecom Help said, “I was really inspired by the Giving Back award nominees. This is something we need to look at with our firm. I also enjoyed the opportunity to network with peers from other firms during breaks and the wine tour.”

David Sonenstein, Executive Director for Ezwim, and TEMIA At-Large Board member said, “I am constantly amazed at how partnerships you never would have thought of are uncovered over something as simple as a coffee during a meeting break, conversing with your table at the TEMIA dinner, or unwinding over a beverage in the lobby bar at the end of the day. With the executive leaders of our member companies in attendance (rather than their salespeople like other conferences), this group and its bi-annual meetings are really something special.”

TEMIA introduced three new awards at the meeting with members voting to select the winners for Best Practices, Innovation of the Year, and Giving Back. Roundtable topics provided a framework for productive discussions and sharing of information. Each table was assigned one topic to discuss and present to the group.

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Topics included

 – What areas are next in the evolution of our market?

– What elements and structure is necessary for effective channel partnerships?

– What are the best ways to promote your company and generate new leads?

– Carrier automation and the pros and cons of e-bonding, robots, APIs and other integration.

Following up on its 2017 March New Orleans meeting, an industry standard was presented at the meeting for fixed wireline, mobile and IT inventory. Over the past six months, TEMIA asked members for suggestions in meetings, committee calls and email before finalizing the inventory standard. The TEMIA Inventory Standard for Fixed Wireline, Mobile and IT paper, is now available for download (http://temia.org/wp/temia-inventory-standard-for-fixed-wireline-mobile-and-it/) on the TEMIA website. It reflects contributions from TEMIA’s thought leaders. Source

 

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