Posted by Joe Zalewski
Toledo, OH – November 23, 2009 – Last week, I spent 4 days in Chicago at the 2009 FABTECH International, AWS Welding and METALFORM show which was held at McCormick Place. I was truly amazed at how well Infor ERP VISUAL was represented, as a number of VISUAL end-user companies from throughout the United States and Canada were at the show as exhibitors and attendees.
Many of our VISUAL clients were exhibiting their products, among them were Magnetic Products, Manitowoc Tool & Die, Smedberg Machine, Moeller Manufacturing, PTM Corporation and Braner USA. I was quite impressed with some of the new product development. Congratulations to Keith Rhodes and Magnetic Products, who won a New Product Innovation Award.
Bill Price, Greg Jones and myself were among over 1100 exhibiting companies that converged in Chicago for the start of the show last Sunday. The FabTech show lasted through Wednesday- the attendance was good, and traffic at the BizTech booth was consistent throughout the show. To all the folks that stopped by booth #17105, I’m sure that BizTech will be forever remembered as “The Back Scratcher Guys”.
Having spent so much time talking to many Manufacturers and Distributors, it seems to me that everyone is cautiously optimistic about the US economy moving in the right direction. Like BizTech, many people that I talked with have noticed an increase in business over the last 90 days or so.
I was thrilled to meet so many people who were looking for a manufacturing ERP software solution, another sign that there is some confidence in the economy. We had the opportunity to provide a demo of VISUAL for several companies, and I’m sure that this year’s show was just the beginning of some new business relationships. A common requirement amongst those evaluating business software was the need for a shop floor scheduling solution. The VISUAL Scheduler seemed to impress those who viewed the 5-minute Infor ERP video.
It was great to talk to so many of our clients who are satisfied and seeing the benefit of using VISUAL to manage their business information. Many stated that they are excited about the direction that Infor Global Solutions is taking with VISUAL. Amongst those that I talked to, an interest in Infor MyDay was a hot topic. Many stated that for this reason alone, they are looking to upgrade to VISUAL version 6.5.4.
In conclusion, the 2009 FABTECH International, AWS Welding and METALFORM show was undoubtedly a success. Many new relationships were forged, and some will certainly develop into new business opportunities. Next year’s show will be held in Atlanta, and by that time the US economy should be back in full swing, something that we are all looking forward to. Thanks to all and don’t forget…At BizTech, We Have Your Back!
About the author: Joe Zalewski is Managing Partner and COO at BizTech, an Infor ERP VISUAL Channel Partner, located in Toledo, Ohio.