System integration conference for education, best practices development
The CSIA 2016 Executive Conference will feature more than a dozen educational sessions, a best practices workshop, and an unconference designed to encourage collaboration among system integrators.
The CSIA 2016 Executive Conference, held from April 19-22 in Puerto Rico, will bring control system integrators and industry suppliers from around the world together for networking and educational events designed to help system integrators and their businesses.
The conference will include many events such as a best practices training workshop will be offered Monday, April 18 to Tuesday, April 19, for those who are interested in learning to improve their system integration businesses. The training will focus on the management areas that are most challenging for growing integration companies.
A new offering at the CSIA 2016 Executive Conference will be unconferences. An unconference is a participant-driven meeting where the agenda is created on the spot by attendees at the beginning of the meeting to allow for flexibility of topics and discussion-based sessions. Unconferences are intended to be collaborative and offer an atmosphere where questions are welcomed and sharing is encouraged. The unconference is designed to give participants have more input into and control over their learning and takeaways.
Economist Alan Beaulieu, president of ITR Economics, will close the conference with his latest economic outlook for manufacturing. His presentation will be one of more than 13 educational sessions offered throughout the three-day event.
In 2015, 493 people attended the conference, including more than 100 system integrators, partners and guests from outside the United States.
See the complete details and register at the CSIA 2016 Executive Conference website.
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