Venice Provided a Beautiful Backdrop for the 3rd EMEA Partner Conference

2013-10-08 - The 3rd annual Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) partner conference was held in the iconic city of Venice in Italy on September 25 to 26, 2013. 150 ABB and channel partners from 20 different countries took part in the 2-day event held in the NH Laguna Palace hotel featuring major product updates, wide ranging topics of breakout tracks, special guest Dr Alan Watkins with an engaging topic and a beautiful networking evening in Venice.
Day 1 of the event featured product updates from our various product groups, including Extended Automation, Essential Automation, Safety Systems and Service. 3 interesting success stories were presented by our channel partners: Cofely with a tunnel project using System 800xA, Abacon with a chemical plant project using Freelance and finally a flood control project using Compact Product Suite in Venice, Italy itself.

Immediately following the full day program guests were whisked off to Venice city by boat taxis straight from the hotel, using the picturesque Grand Canal to head to the heart of Venice. Tour guides then took guests on a walking tour of Venice, highlighting the magnificent sights of the city, while also exploring a little of the hidden side of Venice. After this illuminating tour, guests proceed to partake in sumptuous Italian cuisine in the dinner portion of the program.

Breakout tracks made up the major portion of the program for day 2. The varied topics included Value Provider Program and Dedicated Marketing Tools for Partners, Introduction to Functional Safety, Cyber Security for System 800xA and How to Sell the Service Offering, etc. To complement the topics presented we also had an exhibition of products from all our product lines.

Finally, to close the event, Dr Alan Watkins spoke on the topic of Being Brilliant Everyday – the Biological Basis of Leadership. Dr Alan Watkins revealed how to step change the quality of your thinking, improve your decision making and enhance your ability to innovate while becoming ten years younger, with boundless energy to drive organizational performance.

Thank you to all channel partners who spared the time and effort to attend this event and the ABB people who have provided invaluable support to the event.