Coverage of The Association for Operations Management (APICS) Conference: Excellence is the new norm. Day 1

Coverage of The Association for Operations Management (APICS) Conference: Excellence is the new norm. Day 1


Coverage of The Association for Operations Management (APICS) Conference: Excellence is the new norm. Day 1

Coverage of The Association for Operations Management (APICS) Conference: Excellence is the new norm in vegas

Arrival

I’m the one who was chosen from our team to attend the conference. It could be because I have an MBA in operations management, or because no one felt like spending six hours on a plane from New York to Las Vegas.  I have a feeling it’s more of the former, regardless of what our team said.

I arrived late on Friday, did a round of gambling in my hotel (the Hilton), and went to sleep. Next day I walked the Vegas strip, hit up KÀ, the Cirque du Soleil show about warring kingdoms.  I loved it’s atmosphere and acrobatics. Then i  spent some more money and time on gambling; hmm, why can I never win? And I went to some Vegas night spots, such as Blush and Tryst. What happens in Vegas stay in Vegas.

On Sunday I stopped by Registration to make sure I had my tag and other things I might need and then went to the Vegas strip. It was amazing, mostly because I kept thinking while watching these gigantic hotel buildings, how do they get so many tourists to pay for the hotels? I blame this on my business thinking. Then I went to Love, the Cirque du Soleil show about Beatles songs. I liked it, but, considering I’m a Beatles fan, KÀ left a much better impression on me. Then it was time to get some sleep before the conference; I was tired after walking the strip for six hours.  Oh yeah, I gambled again, lost again. Hmm, I don’t know about the slot machines; I have a feeling they are evil.

Day 1

Day 1 began with a session on how to get the most out of the conference. I had a problem with my alarm and got there about 45 minutes after it started. I thought it would go for another 30 minutes, as was noted in the program, but it was just ending. I resigned myself to finding out what I needed to know about the conference through firsthand experience. Evidently, coffee was not served in the morning; I was not the only one unhappy.

For the next session we had a speaker who is literally a five-star general—Russel L. Honore. The conference hall was packed. You can see by the pictures that this was not a small conference, with about 2,000 operations management professionals from all walks of life. survival and being ready for it transfers into organizational structure. Being ready for anything is necessary. I attached a few video clips to give you an idea of what it was about.

I got to speak with sponsors from universities and other companies who seem to be targeting operations management. Software, hardware, and educational companies seemed to be the main attendees.

The general session was great, very interesting. General Honore did an amazing job exuding the right energy. He talked about how survival and being ready for it transfers into organizational structure. Being ready for anything is necessary. I attached a few video clips to give you an idea of what it was about.

Next up was lunch break. It was nice but a bit too simple: sandwiches and salads. I networked with some people at my table. It seems that the operations management conference has a lot of supply chain and logistic professionals.  I got to speak with sponsors from universities and other companies who seem to be targeting operations management. Software, hardware, and educational companies seemed to be the main attendees.

The next session was Multi-Contract Inventory Planning; it was the worst session of the whole conference for me. Why didn’t I like it? It was because I was falling asleep during the presentation, and out of three speakers only one did a good job talking and explaining the materials. I won’t identify anyone, but let’s just say it made me skeptical about the rest of the conference, thankfully skepticism wasn’t lasting.

However, the rest of the sessions were insightful. I went to Beyond Sales and Operations Planning, where experts from Oracle talked about the importance of knowing what will be happening in the industry and how to plan for it. It was really good to hear some of the examples from real life and how it applies to companies. Here are some of the pictures of the session.  It was held by: Sean O’Sullivian , Paul Homchik, Gerald O’Sullivan

I went to Beyond Sales and Operations Planning, where experts from Oracle talked about the importance of knowing what will be happening in the industry and how to plan for it.

Beyond Sales and Operations Planning

Next session was on Supply Chain leadership. The speaker, Joseph Walden was most impressive. He has been in the army for over 20 years, and his ideas were about managing people, not about managing products. If your people are happy, you will be happy and if they are not happy, not matter how well your supply chain work, things will go wrong.

Next session was on Supply Chain leadership. The speaker, Joseph Walden was most impressive. He has been in the army for over 20 years, and his ideas were about managing people, not about managing products. If your people are happy, you will be happy and if they are not happy, not matter how well your supply chain work, things will go wrong.

Supply Chain leadership. The speaker, Joseph Walden was most impressive.

If your people are happy, you will be happy and if they are not happy, not matter how well your supply chain work, things will go wrong.


The day wrapped up with a reception—more networking and talking to people. I got about 20-30 business cards from Day 1, all in all a great day. Something I do notice about networking is that keeping in touch with people is important, and I’ll try do my best with that. They served much better food at the dinner, and they did a great job with the desserts. In general, the conference was very well organized, as one would expect of an operations management conference. I’d missed sleep the previous few nights, so when I got to my hotel, I went to sleep immediately.

Continue to Day2 : Coming Soon.

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