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Evolve 2018

Posted on Apr 20, 2018 3:21:21 PM by Glenna Fulks

evolve_logoThe Evolve 2018 conference, which took place on April 3-5 in Chicago, was three full days of educational and networking opportunities, as well as learning how best to maximize Macola ERP to reduce costs, increase ROI and control enterprise processes. Many who attended Evolve 2018 gained invaluable ERP tips and best practices. They also had opportunities to network with ERP thought leaders, Macola subject matter experts and other Macola users--sharing ideas and strategies to get the most out of their Macola solution.

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The outstanding delivery and success of the Evolve 2018 Customer Conference is owed to a team of dedicated and diligent employees who take intense pride in producing what has become an  ever-increasingly popular event, heralded by attendees, as a highly anticipated annual ERP conference. 

The 2018 event featured an information packed Main Stage with keynote presentations by each of the following illustrious speakers:


Alison Forsythe – who opened this year’s event with a keynote entitled Embrace The Return to Manufacturing. This topic addressed trackable trends with quantifiable data that showed how and why manufacturing is rebounding and growing stronger.  In turn, this is having a positive effect on other trending sectors.


Jim Carroll – this well-known and popular futurist hit the stage at full speed with his message that the “future belongs to those who are fast”.  Attendees were riveted to the fast pace of his presentation and his comment that the key to success is to “think big – start small – scale fast” became a repeated catch phrase and was re-tweeted by many. 


Trevor Gruenewald – the President and COO of ECi Software Solutions pulled back the curtain and introduced the attendees to ECi.  For most in the audience, this was their first opportunity to hear and see the charismatic leader and he definitely struck a positive chord.

Evolve 2018 also featured…


Breakouts – if there was a topic that you wanted to hear and learn about, it was on the schedule at the 2018 Evolve.  In fact, there were more than 80 educational sessions featured in seven separate educational tracks  that highlighted manufacturing, accounting, process management, reporting, workspaces, and technical / development, allowing users with all levels of understanding to dig deeper and become more proficient in their understanding of topics such as order entry, MRP, cash flow, shop floor optimization, opportunity management and distribution. 


The Solution Center – a fantastic set-up featuring exhibitors who enjoyed a healthy amount of visits and conversations from attendees.  Interest was high and comments were very positive. 

This year, we had a brand new attraction in the Macola booth that seemed to generate a lot of positive buzz among attendees.  The Demonstration Wall featured live presentations on topics that the audience really seemed to enjoy.  Everything from Quote to Cash and using CRM with Macola 10, as well as tips on how to build a professional twitter following, being prepared and ready for the next cyber security threat, and even though it is not yet ready for prime time, new information on what to expect when Macola 10.7 is unveiled in the near future. 


The Closing Party – it’s never an Evolve without a closing party, and this year was no exception.  We celebrated the conclusion of Evolve 2018 with a prohibition themed party that featured 1920’s speakeasy décor, a Chicago beat cop on patrol with his sidekick, Vito the gangster, a caricaturist whose sketches were so realistic that she had a line all evening waiting to sit with her, and of course, a fantastic live band that kept the crowd dancing until the very end. 

Announcing Macola 10.7 – the upcoming release of Macola 10 was also announced at Evolve, which features themes such as the end of version lock, an expanding ecosystem, and the doubling down on the User Experience and streamlined processes. Many are looking forward to the GA of 10.7, set to arrive sometime in May.

Parting Thoughts – overall, Chicago was the ideal location for Evolve 2018. The city of broad shoulders certainly hosted an incredible event.  While the temperatures dipped a bit and a few flurries of snow were seen, the attendees all professed that this was one of the best and most positive learning experiences they have had the opportunity to be part of in recent history. 

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