This year, Focus 2016, August 22-25, 2016, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, San Diego, CA gives customers more ways to share their own BI360 stories with the community. Attendees can ask questions and gain valuable tips and insights from the people who have lived through the challenges and successes of a BI360 implementation during extended Customer Showcases and Panel Discussions. Then, attendees can enjoy the amenities of the resort with their colleagues while having candid dialogs during various networking activities.

Extended Customer Showcases
In prior Focus events, Solver created 20-minute Customer Showcase presentations, giving attendees a taste of real-world experiences. This year, we’ve extended that time to 45 minutes to give presenting customers and session attendees a chance to drill down further into the details of the customer’s story, thus allowing attendees more opportunities to ask questions and gather ideas they can try in their own organizations. This year’s featured customers and their scheduled sessions are below:

Wednesday, August 24 – 10:45 – 11:30 AM
BI360 – A Corporate Warehouse Solution

Presented by Chris Stratton, Agspring

This Customer Showcase presentation will describe how Agspring transformed themselves from a group who was reporting on the past to one who was looking at real time and future trends.
Thursday, August 25 – 11:15 AM – 12:00 Noon
Implementing Business Intelligence with BI360

Presented by Jeff Hintz, Progressive Components

This Customer Showcase presentation will be an open discussion about how to build and integrate a business intelligence platform, including BI360.

Panel Discussions
Focus 2016 will include three general sessions that bring together several of your peers to answer questions about their BI360 experiences. It’s unedited and uncensored, so attendees will get the real story. Panel discussions will be held during the following times:
Tuesday, August 23 – 1:30 – 2:15 PM: FOR PARTNERS ONLY
How to Grow Your BI360 Practice

Moderated by Tracy Rich, Solver

This panel discussion will share tips from top performing partners on how to grow a BI360 business.
Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25 – 1:30 – 2:15 PM 

Moderated by Solver professionals

Hear from fellow BI360 users and fellow integrators as they share their BI360 project experiences—the challenges and the successes—with their fellow attendees. Session topics and participating companies to come.

Partner and Customer Awards
Discover which of Solver’s Partners and Customers will be named best-of-breed in various categories during the Annual BI360 Awards Banquet. Held Wednesday, August 24 from 7:30 – 9:30 PM during Focus 2016, attendees will be the first to learn who has won one of 20 awards and have a chance to speak with them afterwards. Award categories include:
Customers: Customer of the Year by ERP, Trailblazer Innovation, BI360 Warrior, and Customer Evangelist, International Customer of the Year, U.S. Customer of the Year
Partners: Partner of the Year US (Platinum, Gold, and Silver), Partner of the Year International, Rookie Partner of the Year, BI360 Sales Evangelist, Excellence in BI360 Customer Service, Growth, Trailblazer Innovation, and BI360 Social Media
Nominations are open until July 15. If you know of a Partner or a Customer who has delivered a standard of excellence in one of the categories above, then Solver wants to hear about it. Finalists will receive a discount to Focus 2016, while winners will receive: A BI360 Award, the win posted online, PR efforts related to the award, and your story shared in a Best-of-Breed Spotlight article.

Networking Activities
Building a BI360 support group, or meeting other professionals with the same ERP system or within the same industry will be easy at Focus 2016. With myriad networking opportunities planned throughout the conference, attendees will have a chance to engage in discussions within a collegial environment. Here are just a few networking activities we have planned:
Tuesday, August 23 – 6:00 – 8:00 PM: Welcome Reception (RSVP required)
Wednesday, August 24
12:15 – 1:30 PM: Lunch (Dine with Same-Industry professionals)
5:15 – 6:45 PM: Volleyball or Driving Range (Pre-registration required)
6:30 – 7:30 PM: Cocktail Hour
7:30 – 9:30 PM: Partner and Customer Awards Banquet (RSVP required)
Thursday, August 25 – 12:15 – 1:30 PM: Lunch (Dine with Same-ERP professionals)

Downloadable Conference Guide Helps Plan Your Event Schedule
Plan out your sessions and activities now with our downloadable Conference Guide. Inside, you will find the agenda color-coded by user level, along with more information regarding activities, lodging and travel details.

About the Resort – Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, San Diego, CA
The Hilton resort at Torrey Pines overlooks the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course. Golf enthusiasts will want to arrive early or stay later than the conference to play the course—one of the regular stops during the PGA tour. Bookings can be made through the hotel or by contacting the San Diego Park and Recreation site directly. Tee times available up to 90 days in advance.
The resort itself boasts a pool, tennis courts, and fitness facilities. Extensive spa services can be reserved at the Spa at Torrey Pines…just ask the Hilton La Jolla concierge.
Near the resort property, attendees will find the California coastline in the distance and hiking trails that take you down into the Torrey Pines State Reserve. Less than five miles away, attendees have access to the beach, The Birch Aquarium, Glider Port Park, and La Jolla Playhouse.
For more ideas on things to do in La Jolla, check out Tripadvisor, La Jolla Take it In, Yelp or your own search engine.
Look for more information on Focus 2016 next month.