SBI Software at Cultivate17: the Booth, the Education, the Experience
Thank you to our existing clients and those of you who are considering SBI Software as your software provider for visiting us at the Cultivate17 trade show.
As many visitors already know, the traffic to our booth was outstanding! We were on our feet the whole time hosting demos, chatting with businesses young and old, and spreading the word about our new client and support initiatives.
We can’t express how gratifying it was to shake hands again with our long-term clients, to finally meet those in-person who’ve we’ve only spoken with on the phone, and to meet with so many new and growing companies in need of our unique software package for growers.
Briefly, here’s a little of what we shared with our booth visitors.
We offer seed-to-sale software systems for growers of all sizes. Our clients our greenhouses, young plants, box store suppliers, and some growers are especially interested in our suite of mobile tools. We have a plethora of apps and tools designed to make your work simpler, easier and more cost effective. We simplify the process. We save you time, which saves you money. We cut your manual labor and increase productivity through our tools and features.
Handouts from Cultivate17
Beacon: Live Supply Chain Network for the Green Industry. All Digital Purchasing, Live Availability of Seeds, Cuttings, Plugs, and Liners, Instant One-Click Ordering Available to all SBI Customers. Sign up today!
What we covered at the trade show.
The next Super User Training Session begins October 18 & 19, 2017. Email us to sign up or to get additional information. We want you to know your software system inside and out and get on the fast track to support. Sign up for the next session as slots are filling up fast!
We’ve also launched a new annual schedule. It’s time to reserve your space for upgrades. Visit this link to learn more.
Addressing Labor Shortage Challenges Tech Session
This year at Cultivate 17, Aaron Allison (CEO of SBI Software), had the privilege of speaking on the Tech Panel session titled “Addressing Labor Shortage Challenges,” along with Color Point’s Stephen VanWingerden and Ohio State University’s Peter Ling, PhD.
Stephen VanWingerden shared his experience of how to create a project implementation plan for his company’s software implementation and how to manage your expectations during the process. He outlined the specific points to cover in depth during your software implementation; from inception, to elaboration, to deployment.
Stephen urged the audience to prepare, plan, design, validate, and finally, deploy when you reach the final stage of executing your software plan. Stephen and the panel of speakers assured the audience that purchasing and implementing software into your business isn’t simply or easy. It takes time, planning and the involvement of every member of your team. The panel experts urged growers to manage their expectations. Don’t expect your software implementation to be perfect the first time or to happen quickly. The panel agreed that a reasonable timeframe for software deployment is roughly 6-9 months, depending on the size and scope of your operation. They agreed to expect the first year or two to be a little bumpy as you will run into modifications and customizations that will be unique to your business. Yet, as you reach years 3-4 after implementation, after your team has learned every aspect of your system and your software provider has perfected your package to your process, your software experience will become easier.
Lastly, the panel emphasized taking your time and developing a plan before you start implementation. Successful software implementation takes the hard work of not just your software provider, but your entire team as well.
If you missed the session, you can still view the materials from the speakers, including SBI’s Q&A handout with Glossary of Terms.
A Beautiful City – Thank you, Columbus, Ohio
Not only was the Cultivate17 trade show rewarding and fulfilling, but so was Columbus itself. From the art, to the food, to the people who hosted, served, and helped carry our cases, we greatly appreciate your hospitality and warm welcome. Here are a few non-Cultivate17-trade-show-related pictures that we thought you’d enjoy of the neighborhood surrounding the Columbus Convention Center. We will see you again in 2018, Columbus!